Senseboard Technologies has developed a new prototype of its keyboard-less keyboard for handhelds. It consists of a pair of sensors that clip to user’s hands and a sled for the handheld. The users moves his fingers as if he were typing and the sensors detect the motions and registers them as if the person had actually touched a key. This info is then sent to the sled attached to the handheld.
The prototype released this month can capture the motion of the fingers and hands but the user can’t be typing very quickly. Also, the sensors much be attached to the handheld or laptop with wires.
Within the next few months Senseboard will come out with a new prototype that will allow faster typing and will no longer require wires. Its various parts will be connected via Bluetooth wireless networking.
The company is accepting applications to beta test the product.
The original prototype won a Best of Comdex Award last year.