Pressure-sensitive keyboard prototype unveiled by Microsoft Hardware

Microsoft hardware group unveiled a prototype of a pressure-sensitive keyboard that can detect precisely how hard each key is being pressed. The company describes the potential uses as "limitless," saying it has tested concepts including pressing a letter harder to get a capital letter or a larger font size, or hitting the delete key harder or […]

Inside Microsoft's pressure-sensitive keyboard prototypeMicrosoft hardware group unveiled a prototype of a pressure-sensitive keyboard that can detect precisely how hard each key is being pressed. The company describes the potential uses as "limitless," saying it has tested concepts including pressing a letter harder to get a capital letter or a larger font size, or hitting the delete key harder or softer depending on whether the user wants to delete one character or an entire word. Microsoft Hardware isn't discussing any plans to bring the keyboard to market. However, the keyboard will be the subject of a student competition at the User Interface Software and Technology conference in Victoria, B.C., in October.