Range takes a look at the coolest alternative keyboards.
Over the past few years efforts have been made to make click and clack a thing of the past. Motion sensors are dropping in price leading to a plethora of new input devices that use everything from OLEDS to lasers to bring us the QWERTY. Here's a rundown of the newest and coolest in keyboards. Some are concepts, others you can buy right now.
The No-Key KeyboardNo-Key is in between Microsoft's tabletop Surface and the iPhone. This concept, designed by Kong Fanwen, is made of glass and is backlit. It doesn’t possess any real keys per se, but rather has a motion-capture system set upon the fingers to capture which keys are "pressed".
Optimus Maximus KeyboardArt Lebedev, who developed the Optimus is currently working on a smaller Optimus, which will retail for below $1000.
Optimus Tactus KeyboardTactus concept. The Tactus does not have any physical keys, so there are no restrictions upon the size and shape of the keys that can be displayed. Wacom Cintiq.
Bluetooth Laser Virtual Keyboard$160 virtual keyboard via Bluetooth to your mobile device. A laser in the matchbook-sized device projects a full QWERTY keyboard onto any flat surface.
USB Flexible KeyboardFlexible silicone keyboards are inexpensive, washable and durable -- the perfect solution when on the go or for those of us who like to eat Philly Cheese Steaks over our keyboards. They roll-up easily into a laptop bag and are a cinch to set-up,plus they come in all sorts of colors and models, from wireless to illuminated. --Range