Microsoft Unveils Adaptive Keyboard Prototype

Microsoft has showcased a new concept keyboard for desktop computers.

The Adaptive Keyboard prototype comes with an LCD touch screen above the top row of keys.

According to the company, the LCD touch screen is designed to display important shortcut icons and document previews, and can also be changed to display information according to the software being used.

Microsoft program manager Håkon Strande said in a statement: “We created a concept prototype in the Adaptive Keyboard that suggests that the display capabilities of high efficiency input devices such as keyboards and mice should be as dynamic and relevant to user context as the UI on the PC screen.”

The keyboard is designed to enhance the software learning curve by offering users a chance to quickly access key software functions based on visual recognition.

The company is planning to feature the concept keyboard in the Student Innovation Contest at the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology.