Most of the time we end up wanting gadgets just because they’re designed really sleek and cool. Don’t look too far, as what you’ve seen above could be literally one of them with Jason Giddings’ concept of a multitouch keyboard and mouse.
The sleek looking concept of the mouse and keyboard is made from a special curved piece of tempered glass that works along with couple of cameras in the base and IR module. Here’s a brief explanation on how this futuristic keyboard and mouse works:
The design is based on a touch screen technology known as FTIR or Frustrated Total Internal Reflection. There are basically infrared LEDs placed at the edge of the glass. In this case, they are hidden inside holes where the glass is mounted to the metal base. Because of the low angle at which the light impacts the internal glass surface, it is bounced around inside the glass, much like looking through a tube to see the reflections on the inside walls. When the glass is touched it frustrates the reflection and the IR light is diffused downward, out of the glass, allowing the camera to see it. Software then determines the location and sends the appropriate information to your computer.
Live at KickStarter now, the project is eying for $50,o00 pledges goal that was ultimately surpassed now with 435 backers generating a total of $109,538 with 23 days to go. Now don’t be surprised if you’ll be seeing one of these alien-like keyboard or mouse in the office. If you want to go ahead and pre-order, it’s $150 for the mouse, $250 for the keyboard, or $350 for both. Though obviously it isn’t cheap, but look at them.