The Glide Keyboard was designed by Weston Boege and beats your high-tech mouse any day with loads of buttons. It rests on low-friction pads and slides around your desk picking up movement through an optical sensor mounted underneath.
The keyboard also integrates usual mouse controls into a molded palm rest that grips your hands as they move. Sounds strange, but it must there must be a reason for all of this. The main reason is that more and more people are spending hours and hours a day in front of a computer typing away. It's logical to want to improve the situation. Keyboards and mice haven't changed a lot since their inception, and there must be better ways of inputting information into a computer.
Until then, concepts such as these will help us out. I can't say much about moving the keyboard around in order to sense movement. When typing, it's best to keep the keyboard stable and centered, instead of moving it around all of the time. Then again, this varies upon the preference of people. The Glide keyboard also features fused keys, which might be good or bad, depending on your typing style. Most people like typing via traditional keyboards. Even the ergonomic keyboards that were popular a few years ago, have almost disappeared. The good thing about concepts is that they bring forth new ideas that might be integrated into new products at some point in the future. Using low friction pads and making a keyboard more comfortable is a great idea. [via Yanko Design]