This is an amazing concept that could revolutionize something as simple and ubiquitous as the keyboard. This keyboard works more like a touch screen than a keyboard, there are no actual keys. This means that it is not limited to standard keyboard set-up. It's more like an extra screen that happens to be touch-sensitive. It reminds me of the interfaces on the Enterprise in Star Trek The Next Generation.

Here are just some of the ways I could think of using this keyboard:

  1. Imagine you are playing a game and the unnecessary keys disappear, leaving only the keys you'll need for the game. It would also rename those keys to better coincide with what they are used for. Not only that, it could serve as an additional screen where you can see all the heads-up display options without having to change the main view. I'm sure the gaming industry would be the first to take full advantage of this.
  2. Part of the keyboard disappears and becomes a tablet for designers.
  3. No more pop-up menus blocking your work. As you can see from the picture below the keyboard can change to a swatch without having to cover your screen.
  4. No more having to exactly memorize keyboard shortcuts. When you load up Photoshop (or whatever program you use) the keys change and actually tell you their function instead having to memorize the list.

This keyboard concept was designed by Art. Lebedev Studio.

via designboom

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