How slim a computer keyboard can be made? Although at first hearing it might appear to you as unbelievable, but it’s true that some British scientists have made a flexible computer keyboard called Paper-Thin that is as thin as a piece of paper. And the specialty of this Paper-Thin slim keyboard is it can turn any surface into a touch-sensitive surface!
Scientists from the tech company Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR) have devised the world’s slimmest computer keyboard, Paper-Thin. This keyboard is half a millimeter thick. It combines CSR’s low-power wireless technology with cutting-edge printable and flexible electronics.
This keyboard is wirelessly connected using a new CSR1010 chip that is optimised for this ‘Bluetooth Smart’ technology. In other words, the keyboard offers consumers a ‘glimpse of future computing interfaces’ that are paper-thin, wireless and respond to touch.
Paul Williamson, director of Low Power Wireless at CSR, said, “The device can do basic text input as well as touch and gesture control, so you can swipe and pinch and zoom, as well as use much more complex gestures.”
The keyboard can be used to extend the touch-sensitive areas of tablets and smartphones and therefore customers can use a full-size thin keyboard to type messages on their mobile. Here’s video of the world’s slimmest computer keyboard.
The company has said that the keyboard can be integrated into a pro-protective cover for a tablet, or used to create large touch zones on a desktop computer.
However, it’s still unclear when the device will progress from concept to final retail product, but we’ll be keeping an eye on the technology in the hope that it isn’t far away from becoming reality.
Source: Daily Mail