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Holographic Virtual Keyboard

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posted on Aug, 4 2006 @ 03:15 PM
Yet another cool device from the Land of the Rising Sun.

Digital Information Development (DID) has developed a highly
portable virtual piano that is played with a keyboard consisting
of projected laser beams.

The box-shaped device measures about 4 x 1 x 1 in. and weighs
about 100 grams (3.5 oz.). Using a red semiconductor laser
module and holographic optical element, the device projects a
25-key, 2-octave keyboard onto the surface in front of it
(black surfaces don’t work because they absorb the light).
A CMOS camera module and infrared (invisible) red semiconductor
laser module detect which keys are touched, and the corresponding
notes are emitted from speakers built into the device.

DID says that a virtual 88-key grand piano can be created by increasing
the size of the device.

Pink Tentacle

Very cool device, definately something I'd buy.
Only problem I really have, is the projection is such a bright
pinkish color that sort of hurts my eyes, and definately not
something I could look at for the long periods of terms
required to play it.

Comments, Opinions?

posted on Aug, 5 2006 @ 07:49 AM
You could probably tone the colour down somewhat.

I saw something like this in PopSci some time ago, but it was experimental and came out of a mobile phone; which would be very handy if you ask me.

But for normal, everyday typing I would hate my finger tips to be smashing into wood or whatnot. My keyboard has a lovely touch - soft, but firm (:lol
no seriously)) - and I use it so often for so long my fingers would just hurt from tapping at a hard surface all day.

But yeah, if you could use this for mobiles or pda's or some new breed of laptop it would be very cool. I'd definitely buy one, if I could afford it.

posted on Aug, 5 2006 @ 10:23 AM
I dont know if I could get used to something like that...I like normal keyboards, and the textile feedback. Granted...electronics keep getting smaller, and you can only shrink a keyboard so much before the buttons are to damn small.

watch_the_rocks - heres the article you talking about

posted on Aug, 6 2006 @ 11:55 AM
I think the concept is really cool, however, as noted by Murcielago, I'm used to Pianos, and Electric Pianos... I cannot adapt to un-weighted keyboards, because there isnt enough weight to the keys.

I sure as heck wouldnt be able to adapt to a keyboard whose keys dont move at all.

Still though, it would be really cool to mess around with.

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