Not just an e-ink keyboard, in a new Apple patent the keys are operated by proximity

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It seems that the keyboards are a subject of interest for Cupertino , because according to a new patent, Apple is looking to improve the use of the keyboard by means of proximity sensors that will directly operate the keys. There are already keyboards that work by electricity, in fact touch keyboards are essentially that. However, the patent has much more than a simple circuit of pressing or not pressing a key.

At present we have different keyboards on the market, from the most traditional and mechanical to the most modern ones that work with a minimum travel . There are analogical and electric ones, as well as combinations of the two models or those that use membranes, but in general a simplification of the same is sought.

Not just an e-ink keyboard, in a new Apple patent the keys are operated by proximity
Not just an e-ink keyboard, in a new Apple patent the keys are operated by proximity

The keyboard of the new MacBook is especially relevant, as its extreme thinness makes it much shorter than previous models but with a similar typing sensation. As far as keyboards are concerned, it all depends on each user’s taste.

If we look at the patent we see that Apple is really looking to use proximity sensors . But not to detect whether a finger is going to press a key or not, but to measure both the distance it is in and the speed and force with which it approaches the key. In other words, a simple touch on the key may not activate the key, but a more natural press will.

This offers a lot of possibilities, such as avoiding pressing keys by mistake (since the keyboard would be able to distinguish whether or not it was by mistake) or even makes use of a kind of 3D Touch to measure different pressures on the keys. In any case, it is still a simple Apple patent that we do not know if sooner or later it will see the light or not.

For now let’s remember that Apple is preparing a keyboard with keys drawn by electronic ink . According to the WSJ report, the company is working in collaboration with Foxconn and Sonder Design to create a keyboard that could change its appearance depending on the program we are using at any given time.

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