Last 22 June I wrote that ‘In my 63-year lifetime so far, there’s been major technological advancement. It’s been massive. Monumental. Unprecedented, too. Arguably the era of greatest and fastest tech advancement ever ’. Five weeks later, my opinion’s the same. Nowadays tech advances are so incessant and amazing, it’s easy to be inured to them. And I think I am. But sometimes I come across something so astounding I can’t help but sit up and take notice. And so it was yesterday when I saw an ad for the Celluon CL850 Laserkey Projection Keyboard . Essentially a palm-sized unit powered by USB or mains projects a laser QWERTY keyboard onto any flat non-reflective surface, and this virtual keyboard sends your typing wirelessly by Bluetooth radio to your nearby computer or smartphone. The keyboard’s full-sized, and it supports typing speed of 400 characters per minute (i.e. over six per second) with error rates similar to a standard physical keyboard. There’s no tactile sense of depressing keys, of course, but you can set it to make a small click when a virtual key’s touched. Here’s a 2-minute YouTube clip about it . It’s selling for about A$130. Will I buy one? No – but that doesn’t stop me marvelling at the technology. Talk about having innovation at your fingertips. Ho hum.
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