Jeffrey and I have two candidates for the worst keyboard ever. One is Siri. Or, rather dictating to Siri. To be fair, Siri’s dictation capabilities are damned good, just not great, but the real problem is changing the workflow from keyboard to voice.
Telling your Mac or iPad what you want to type is not as easy as it sounds. What else?
#2 on the list is the company best at creating #2 techno-gadgets of the future. Samsung’s keyboardless keyboard. A virtual keyboard that is not on the device’s screen, but uses your desk instead.
Prop up your device– smartphone or tablet– tap the right app– Samsung calls this one SelfieType, and it watches your fingers on an invisible keyboard so it knows which letters you’re typing via the camera.
Wait a minute. That’s not really new, is it? Matthew Hughes
If SelfieType sounds familiar, it’s because the idea is strongly reminiscent of the old laser projector keyboards of yore. You know, the weird obelisk-type devices you plugged into your PDA, which blasted a virtual keyboard onto your kitchen tab
Not much has changed. Fingers still work better. Or do they?
SelfieType is a Samsung mud-on-the-wall project and might have some legs because today’s crop of smartphone cameras are better than ever, and processors are fast enough to make short work of the computational processes.
Toss is some Siri-like autocorrect, and an eye-blink Delete key, and it may be possible to type well without a keyboard at all.