Moky Keyboard Uses Lasers To Double As An Invisible Touchpad

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Like other portable keyboards, you can use Moky to enjoy tactile typing on your mobile devices on the go, saving you from the hassles of a virtual keyboard when working on a phone or tablet. Unlike them, it’s designed to double as a giant touchpad, so you can navigate the UI without having to reach out to touch the screen every single time.

No, there’s no actual visible touchpad on the device. Instead, the entire keyboard is designed to serve as one giant touchpad at the press of a single button, allowing you to tap, swipe, and drag directly on the same surface you type on.

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Moky uses a series of infrared laser sensors embedded onto the keyboard’s corners that, when activated, can recognize gestures that you perform right on top of the keys and translate them into mouse-like navigation. A button at the bottom activates the touchpad function, where it sits right along with left- and right-click buttons, allowing it to be used like a regular touchpad when paired with a Windows or OS X machine.

The keyboard itself uses pantograph keys, so it’s going to feel like the kind of keyboards you use with a desktop machine.   Features include Bluetooth 4.0, three months of battery life on a full charge (based on usage of four hours a day), and a built-in keyboard cover that also doubles as a tablet stand. It measures 270 x 143 x 8 mm (w x d x h).

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An Indiegogo campaign is currently running for Moky. Pledges to reserve a unit starts at $59.

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4 Responses

  1. Britanica

    Now this I love! I am always having issues typing and browsing on my Galaxy and this would certainly solve that problem. I love how the touch pad is hidden and this works like a regular keyboard with the added benefit. So cool! I will have to look at these more and possibly get one when I get a tablet.

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  2. Karen

    This is a really nice keyboard idea, but I doubt that my hands could be coordinated enough to make this work properly. I still have issues with my touch pad on my laptop. I’m constantly causing the menu screen to accidentally pop up in windows 8, and it drives me insane. It just has to do with one little simple brush of the finger.

    What I dont get about the moky keyboard is how does it distinguish between me typing some letters or doing the two finger zoom move? How would it know? I dont think my hands would work well with this. I notice the demonstors’ hands look very thin and nimble.

    Maybe if the unit was bigger I could handle it, but I guess that would defeat its purpose.. maybe.

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  3. william

    I’m definitely not crazy about the ‘swipe technology’. It was always really annoying and inconvenient for me to use this technology with phones. I much better like the accuracy of iPhones when typing. This is definitely an original thought though, and looks very mobile and convenient. The price seems more than reasonable too, so I respect that. In my personal experience using the keyboard on an iPad was pretty accurate though, so I don’t see the need for this. If I was going to get and use a keyboard, I’d aim towards getting one with regular keys, since this is how I learned. However, for younger kids today I can see why maybe this one would be more practical since perhaps they learned to type this way first. Heck, do kids even take typing-classes anymore in school? I feel like quite a few kids don’t know how to type very well.

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  4. smith

    I’ve never seen this sort of technology out yet. It’s pretty impressive, but what about consistency in reaction and prompts hone using this? How accurate is it in reading swipes and typing? I’m a faster typer with big hands and fingers, so I’d be hesitant to invest my money into something like this without reading more reviews or seeing a feedback video first. I’ve seen wannabes of this product for around $100-$150, but this one looks much better built and only for a fraction of the price! Though, it does make me a little weary of its reliability

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