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15 thoughts on “Epic Laser Projection Bluetooth Keyboard”

  1. I’ve seen some of these laser keyboards before and they seem pretty cool. I have used one before and it seems kind of weird at first. Since it’s laser projected you don’t press any buttons, and that can get uncomfortable after a while if your typing on a hard surface. Sometimes it doesn’t pick up every keystroke but it’s new technology so you can’t blame it for that. As these laser keyboards progress they will get better, and in the near future they may replace are standard keyboards.

    • Oh wow, you have gotten to use one? Neat-o! I’ve always wanted to try one of these, although they are too expensive to buy just for looks imo. I don’t know about these replacing standard keyboards, as you don’t always have a flat surface available for the laser projection, but I do believe these will become more popular in the coming times!

    • I’ve tried this at a booth at a local technology convention and it immediately screamed of gimmick to me. Aside from some very niche deployment opportunities, there is no significant benefit to using a device like this.

      The fact that you have no tactile feedback means that typing accuracy will be compromised. Beyond that, the polling frequency (at least of the unit I was on) was very poor compared to that of a physical keyboard.

      Overall, I wouldn’t recommend it unless you specifically need the keyboard to not be physically present.

  2. I’ve always found these laser keyboards to be cool, but I never really got to try one. I must imagine that it’s like typing on a tablet almost, but without the haptic feedback maybe. One thing that would be really cool is if it did have haptic feedback, maybe through a motor in the base, then it would be a bit more realistic and also cooler to type on. I could definitely see something like this being built into a tablet, probably at the top of the screen. That way if you ever need more screen space while typing, you can just project the keyboard and prop up the tablet.

  3. With the epic Bluetooth Keyboard, I guess there would be less keys being stuck. That’s a particular problem, by the way, that I have been facing with rigid looking old fashioned keyboards. What I need, clearly, is a set of keyboards that work well. Flat keyboards are good looking and functional, as long as the keys don’t get stuck. I notice that the Shift key often gets stuck on the flat keyboards.

  4. I could see these becoming a standard in the future for tablets and cell phones which would be extremely cool, although I don’t think they’ll become the standard for anything else as typing on a hard surface wouldn’t be as remotely comfortable as a keyboard.

    • It might be useful for a mobile device, but in all honesty it’s no different from typing on a touchscreen aside from the size. If you’re going to spend the money on a keyboard peripheral you may as well get a bluetooth physical keyboard as the need to set up the projector in a suitable location really nullifies any convenience it might have from not needing to carry a keyboard.

  5. Oh my goodness, this device is awesomeness. So close to being a hologram keyboard; ok maybe not so close, but it is somewhat similar. All I have to say is, keep it coming. I will definitely be checking this out.

    • Is a hologram keyboard even something that would be useful? Think about how poor the typing experience would be, not knowing whether or not a keystroke has actuated, or the mistakes that would happen if a particular stroke gets duplicated or missed.

      With the feedback you get from a regular keyboard, you know whether or not there has been a mistake made.

  6. Laser projection keyboard? That was pretty sci-fi not too long ago. Wonder how it works, how could it tell the positioning of your hand? Maybe it has a camera and detects where the light is reflected or something? I could imagine something like this would be a little buggy.

  7. Now this is amazing. When I first saw prototypes or picture/video of this kind of product I thought to myself “man, that’s cool but it’s gonna be like another 10 years until that’s possible.”

    Which is why it’s pretty crazy that it exists now and is fully functional. I don’t really have much use for one as it is now, but I’m pretty sure others might and for under a hundred bucks, that’s just a great little gadget.

    This might be a great christmas gift for a tech geek, actually. 🙂

  8. This can be THE way to alleviate the suffering for repetitive stress many people have. If a spongy surface is used, the fingers will be really happy and stress-free. If this becomes a common device that is eventually incorporated as another functionality in future smartphones from the future, transcriptionists and anyone else needing to work typing long documents around the world would adopt it without thinking.

    It would be amazing if this technology extends form projected keyboards to not needing any projection at all. The movements of the fingers in the air would be detected within the configuration of a querty keyboard. Maybe that’s the next step.

  9. These are pretty cool, but when would you really use them? Since they’re only available for phones, you can’t really use a keyboard laser everywhere you go. Even if it was for PC I don’t think people would still use them, because they might get a bit uncomfortable after a while. Although, this is great technology, imagine all that you can do with this. Much better holograms can be built from this.

  10. I have been to a technology seminar before, and I saw one of these laser keyboards! At first I was taken back by the accurateness of it. Every touch projected back onto the phone. Hopefully I will be able to purchase one, because these are definitely cool.

  11. I’ve use one of these laser keyboards, and while they’re a cool concept, they don’t work too well. They seem to work off of the shadow that you cast, so your actual arm and hand get in the way of you typing. Not to mention the lack of a tactile feedback can throw a lot of people off at first. This product has great potential to be a very powerful tool, but it has to advance in it’s technology first.

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