The KITTY Project: Virtual Keyboard

Posted by Dan on Jul 1, 2003 @ 10:21 AM

The KITTY (Keyboard Independent Touch Typing) Project is another new entry into the world of portable computing. The end result is a glove-like device that attaches to a something akin to a watch—which uses wireless technology to transmit keystrokes recorded by your fingers to a computing device. They've got a Flash demo of how the device works. Seems like it would be uncomfortable to type that way for long periods of time, but I already have carpal tunnel, so maybe that has something to do with it.

As expressed by Dr. Mehring from UC Irvine, the new device tries to give glove-based or finger-mounted systems a new shot at the portable input device market by taking advantage of the existing skills of its potential users. As of today, user acceptance for newly developed ultra-portable input devices which can provide high rates of data-input required for ever more powerful pocket computers is limited by the requirement imposed on the user to learn new ways of data input.
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