Development of a "keyboard of the future" for smartphones and virtual reality

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On the open spaces of the Apple Store and Google Play, there's a whole host of different keyboards with an "unprecedented level of ergonomics," "cool features for convenient operation," and more. But the truth is that despite all these tricks, the keyboard always sticks to the invented QWERTY layout of a few centuries ago. She feels comfortable without a doubt. But it is possible to improve, as researchers at the Korean Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST) have tried. They have managed to create a special user interface that literally has the keyboard at hand.

What does the new keyboard look like?

The short answer is no way. Yes, the I-keyboard (this is called development) is invisible, which maximizes the usable space on the screens of mobile devices. Users can view the content of the application in full screen mode and enter it at the same time. In addition, I-Keyboard has no predefined layout, no predefined shape or size of buttons. Users can start typing from any angle, and the I-keyboard understands exactly what is required of it.

How does the new keyboard work?

According to the authors of the work, I-Keyboard works on the basis of a predictive algorithm of artificial intelligence. That is, the AI ‚Äč‚Äčalgorithm tries to predict in simple terms what you want to type, and "fits" the keyboard in a special way for you.

See also: This is how the keyboard works.

When we talk about familiar on-screen keyboards, the main problem is that it is simply impossible to constantly press keys that have a fixed connection to a particular location in the program interface. Instead of pinpointing the position of your fingers and bruises, the I-keyboard calculates what you want to do and constantly adjusts the invisible keyboard to your needs. At the same time, such a keyboard has no "physical embodiment". Tapping must be done with the touch key.

Development is still in its infancy, but now, in 95.8% of cases, pressure is recognized correctly. The main problem at the moment is the low speed. Only 45 clicks per minute, that's about ten times slower than ten-finger blind typing. Now we want to improve these indicators, say Korean researchers.

At the same time, the I-Keyboard is quite capable of working in a virtual and augmented reality environment. There, the keyboard can theoretically be projected onto any flat surface. In addition, the authors are so confident in their development that they see it as a complete substitute for physical keyboards that will replace them over time.

It sounds very good, but one thing remains: not all users can type without looking at the keyboard. And not everyone knows the position of all keys by heart. Sometimes we all look at the keys during operation, so in our opinion the value of saying that replacing the usual keyboard is very doubtful.

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