Microsoft patents cool multi-touch virtual keyboard


Microsoft’s patent covers the automatic appearance of a keyboard if it recognizes the palm and fingers of both hands on a multi-touch screen and also the “Home row” gesture. They keyboard will then automatically pop, and also be perfectly positioned to start touch typing, not only in a fixed rectangular set-up, but also with a split keyboard positioned under each hand.

The patent also covers dismissing the keyboard with a gesture, making for a rather futuristic sci-fi-like experience, and may make extended touch typing on a soft keyboard an acceptable and comfortable reality.

Probably a bit too large for our smartphones, this Microsoft patent may show up on the next generation of Microsoft tablet PC’s.

Read the full patent here.

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