Now this is interesting.
Microsoft is often caught in the unenviable position of playing catch-up to the sexier electronics releases of companies like Apple and Sony. But the company’s been making recent strides into overcoming that old stereotype. The Zune HD, which has been getting rave reviews. The long-awaited Surface multimedia table, which is mind-boggling in its capabilities. And the just-leaked Courier “booklet” (aka, 2-screened tablet), which packs a serious wow factor.
A new patent (see image below) has turned up online that could likewise find Microsoft suddenly in the driver’s seat on a leading new innovation. The patent depicts an insanely cool, split keyboard for touchscreen devices, in which you don’t have to bother ensuring that your fingers line up with the on-screen keys. Instead, the keys line up to your fingers.
The idea is so simple it’s a wonder no one’s tried it before. You just put your hands on the multitouch-sensitive screen, and it reads your positioning and inserts the keyboard right beneath your fingers. Wicked cool. And exactly the kind of tech that would come in handy for both Surface and Courier.