Microsoft has developed a new concept keyboard, which it calls the “Adaptive Keyboard”. This is just a prototype, and unfortunately there are no immediate plans to turn it into an actual product. The keyboard seems particularly suited to professionals who can often feel that the standard keyboard is either too cramped or limited for their requirements, thereby decreasing productivity. Addressing such issues, the keyboard is able to adjust content according to the context in which tasks are being performed. In addition, at the top of the device there is an integrated touch sensitive screen which allows for additional functionality.
Below is a video for this year’s UIST Student Innovation Contest. Microsoft will given free rein to students to do whatever they like to the keyboard, with a prize at the end for the most innovative ideas.