Integrated Canesta Keyboard to be used in mobile devices
In March we reported that Canesta prepared to release "projected" or virtual keyboards, tracking the finger movement near an image, created by a light source. Yesterday the company announced the complete development and volume production readiness. Canesta Keyboard features a microcontroller and two optical parts: the first, Canesta Keyboard Pattern Projector (PP-CK100) projects keyboard image to a random flat surface.
The second part combines Canesta Keyboard Light Source (IR-CK100) and Canesta Keyboard Sensor Module (SM-CK100).
Canesta Keyboard is designed for mobile devices: PDAs, mobile phones and, perhaps, tablet PCs. The company claims that a user, typing 65-80 words per minute with 2.5-3% mistakes on a usual keyboard, will be able to type 45-50 words per minute with 5% mistakes on a virtual keyboard. The company explains this by smaller size of virtual buttons, but currently they work on enlarging it up to 90 mm.
Source: EE Times
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