My next Surface keyboard could be invisible with AirType

AirType keyboardless keyboard prototype

All mobile devices have one thing in common, they are small and typing on them pretty much sucks, it’s frustrating and inefficient.

Now in Texas there is a startup that seems to have found a solution for mobile typing by removing the keyboard altogether from the equation. And I’m not talking about a new touch or speech recognition technology, the project is called “AirType” and it’s basically a keyboardless keyboard that allows users to type on any surface and in the mid-air too.

We’ve seen similar technology before that projected a virtual keyboard on a surface, but AirType doesn’t project anything, anywhere. The keyboardless device works by connecting a pair of compact wristband-like sensor devices that go around hand. The AirType clips connect via Bluetooth to your mobile device — this could be your Surface Pro 3, any other tablet or mobile phone –, as the user types the device tracks the fingers movement and accurately identifies which keys the user is shooting for. (Of course, in order to use this device, you’ll need to know already how to type without looking down the keyboard.)

AirType clips

Best of all is that you don’t have to adapt to AirType, instead the device adapts to your typing habits. There will be an app that you’ll have to install in the supported device that will include text prediction and auto correction technology to enhance your typing experience.

AirType still a work in progress, there isn’t a release date or pricing, but the concept looks very promising — if it works as advertised. Although, typing with the Surface Pro 3 TypeCover is more than OK, the keys still crammed in a confined space and having a keyboardless keyboard perhaps is a better option.

What do you think?

Source AirType