Seoul-based brand Innopresso has created a keyboard that features an invisible touchpad – creating a seamless experience between typing and functions ordinarily performed with a mouse.
Infrared sensors turn the entire surface area of the Moky keyboard into an invisible touchpad. The design enables a more intuitive experience, allowing a user to switch between typing and scrolling without moving their hands away from the keyboard.
Gestures are similar to those used on a conventional touchpad, and include pinch to zoom, two-finger scrolling and light tapping to select. Left- and right-click buttons underneath the space bar offer additional ways of selecting functions.
The portable and wireless keyboard connects via Bluetooth and promises up to three months' battery life. The slim design features a soft-touch protective cover that also folds back to create a stand for portable devices when in use.
The Moky keyboard, which is currently listed on crowdfunding site Indiegogo, achieved double its original target of $30,000 in just two weeks. The team plans to ship the finished product in October 2015.
As first identified in Agile Futures, gesture controls are becoming increasingly important to give users seamless and instinctive technology experiences. For further examples, see Fuffr: Gesture-control iPhone Case, Microsoft's No-touch Screens, and Dizmo: Interface of Things.
Peripheral products, such as keyboards, that are compatible with multiple devices provide an opportunity for consumer electronics brands to introduce exciting innovations without overhauling entire product models – as seen in Logitech's Multi-Device Keyboard.