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Space gaming: Apple patents ultra-thin keyboard, “meteorite” keys possible

Friday, 24th February 2012 11:49 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Apple’s applied for a patent related to a single lever mechanism keyboard that could allow for glass, wood, stone, and even “polished meteorite” to be used as the material for the keys themselves.

The design would apparently allow for keys to travel merely 0.2mm.

“It would be beneficial to provide a keyboard for a portable computing device that is aesthetically pleasing, yet still provides the stability for each key that users desire,” the application reads.

“It would also be beneficial to provide methods for manufacturing the keyboard having an especially aesthetic design as well as functionality for the portable computing device.”

Appled added: “The advantages of the invention are numerous. One advantage is that a low-travel keyboard may be provided for a thin-profile computing device without compromising the tactile feel of the keyboard.”

Playing games on a glass keyboard, coming to a desktop near you. Maybe. And maybe not. There’s plenty more on AppleInsider.

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4 Comments

  1. TheWulf

    Glass is not a good material for keys.

    I mean, you hit a key too hard and suddenly GLASS SHARDS EVERYWHERE.

    :|

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Christopher Jack

    Apple is obsessed with glass in places it shouldn’t be, like the back of a mobile phone. Why put something that needs to be protected on the OPPOSITE side of the screen? Stick to either metal or plastic, please. Its fine on the front where you kinda need to protect it but the back? WTF? Also, I like feedback while pressing keys, but only .2mm? May as well be using a cruddy touch screen. The thing I don’t like about Apple is that I reckon they overdo the minimalism appearance even at the sacrifice of convenience & ergonomics.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Da Man

    Indeed, what if I decide to hit someone with it, what then.

    I prefer the command line and wired kb to their stupid trackpads and gestures too.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. OrbitMonkey

    Damn you Apple for pushing aesthetic design!! People don’t want pretty!! :-P

    My only problem with this, will be all the cheap tacky knock-offs as competition rush to copy, instead if maybe innovating themselves… Not that Apple innovative!! They steal!!

    ;-)

    #4 3 years ago

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