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Your Camera Wants to Kill the Keyboard | WIRED
"SNAPCHAT KNEW IT from the start, but in recent months Google and Facebook have all but confirmed it: The keyboard, slowly but surely, is fading into obscurity.

Last week at Google’s annual developer conference, the company presented its vision for how it expects its users—more than a billion people—to interact with technology in the coming years. And for the most part, it didn’t involve typing into a search box. Instead, Google’s brass spent its time onstage touting the company’s speech recognition skills and showing off Google Lens, a new computer vision technology that essentially turns your phone’s camera into a search engine.

Technology has once again reached an inflection point. For years, smartphones relied on hardware keyboards, a holdover from the early days of cell phones. Then came multitouch. Spurred by the wonders of the first smartphone screens, people swiped, typed, and pinched. Now, the way we engage with our phones is changing once again thanks to AI. Snapping a photo works as well, if not better, than writing a descriptive sentence in a search box. Casually chatting with Google Assistant, the company’s omnipresent virtual helper, gets results as fast, if not faster, than opening Chrome and navigating from there. The upshot, as Google CEO Sundar Pichai explained, is that we’re increasingly interacting with our computers in more natural and emotive ways, which could mean using your keyboard a lot less.

Ask the people who build your technology, and they’ll tell you: The camera is the new keyboard. The catchy phrase is becoming something of an industry-wide mantra to describe the constant march toward more visual forms of communication. Just look at Snapchat. The company bet its business on the fact that people would rather trade pictures than strings of words. The idea proved so compelling that Facebook and Instagram unabashedly developed their own versions of the feature. “The camera has already become a pervasive form of communication,” says Roman Kalantari, the head creative technologist at the design studio Fjord. “But what’s the next step after that?”

For Facebook and Snapchat, it was fun-house mirror effects and goofy augmented reality overlays—ways of building on top of photos that you simply can’t with text. Meanwhile, Google took a decidedly more utilitarian approach with Lens, turning the camera into an input device much like the keyboard itself. Point your camera at a tree, and it’ll tell you the variety. Snap a pic of the new restaurant on your block, and it’ll pull up the menu and hours, even help you book a reservation. Perhaps the single most effective demonstration of the technology was also its dullest—focus the lens on a router’s SKU and password, and Google’s image recognition will scan the information, pass it along to your Android phone, and automatically log you into the network.

This simplicity is a big deal. No longer does finding information require typing into a search box. Suddenly the world, in all its complexity, can be understood just by aiming your camera at something. Google isn’t the only company buying into this vision of the future. Amazon’s Fire Phone from 2014 enabled image-based search, which meant you could point the camera at a book or a box of cereal and have the item shipped to you instantly via Amazon Prime. Earlier this year, Pinterest launched the beta version of Lens, a tool that allows users to take a photo of an object in the real world and surface related objects on the Pinterest platform. “We’re getting to the point where using your camera to discover new ideas is as fast and easy as typing,” says Albert Pereta, a creative lead at Pinterest, who led the development at Lens.

Translation: Words can be hard, and it often works better to show than to tell. It’s easier to find the mid-century modern chair with a mahogany leather seat you’re looking for when you can share what it looks like, rather than typing a string of precise keywords. “With a camera, you can complete the task by taking a photo or video of the thing,” explains Gierad Laput, who studies human computer interaction at Carnegie Mellon. “Whereas with a keyboard, you complete this task by typing a description of the thing. You have to come up with the right description and type them accordingly.”

The caveat, of course, is that the image recognition needs to be accurate in order to work. You have agency when you type something into a search box—you can delete, revise, retype. But with a camera, the devices decides what you’re looking at and, even more crucially, assumes what information you want to see in return. The good (or potentially creepy) news is that with every photo taken, search query typed, and command spoken, Google learns more about you, which means over time your results grow increasingly accurate. With its deep trove of knowledge in hand, Google seems determined to smooth out the remaining rough edges of technology. It’ll probably still be a while before the keyboard goes extinct, but with every shot you take on your camera, it’s getting one step closer."
interface  ai  google  communication  images  cameras  2017  snapchat  facebook  smartphones  lizstinson  imagerecognition  pinterest  keyboards  input  romankalantari  technology  amazon  sundarpichai  albertpereta  gieradlaput 
may 2017 by robertogreco
Type2Phone — Use your Mac as Keyboard for iPhone, iPad & Apple TV
"Type2Phone: Virtual Bluetooth Keyboard

Use your Mac to type on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV.
Type2Phone emulates a Bluetooth keyboard and is just as easy to set up. No extra app is needed.

Why waste money and desk space on a second keyboard?
You already have a keyboard connected to or build into your Mac.

• Text faster by using your Mac's full-sized keyboard
• Paste passwords, addresses, etc. from your Mac to your mobile device
• Reply to emails on accounts configured only on your iPhone
• Control your Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation)
• Use a single keyboard with all your devices"

[See also: https://itunes.apple.com/app/type2phone/id472717129 ]
via:fishpatrol  applications  ios  osx  bluetooth  appletv  keyboards  mac 
january 2017 by robertogreco
TextBlade portable keyboard is greater than the sum of its parts - Images
"We've looked at various folding portable keyboards designed to make it easy for those that like some tactile feedback when entering text on mobile devices. But California-based WayTools has taken a different approach with the TextBlade keyboard, which it claims is the "most compact touch-type machine ever produced" and literally pulls apart to fit in a pocket."

[via: https://flipboard.com/@jacobsamlarose/gear-ombh4lmuy
https://twitter.com/jsamlarose/status/608690119516794880 ]
keyboards 
june 2015 by robertogreco
AirType keyless bluetooth keyboard fits in the palm of your hand
"AirType keyless bluetooth keyboard fits in the palm of your hand

a hardware and machine learning startup based out of austin, texas has developed AirType, a keyboard-less keyboard that allows users to type on virtually any surface, or none at all. fitting in the palm of one’s hand, the ‘AirType’ self-learns finger movements and is accompanied by an app that brings dynamic text prediction and correction to each typing experience. the compact piece of technology also adapts to the way users type, meaning typing habits never need to change. for easy transportation, just clip it onto your tablet, and take it with you everywhere. to learn more, see here."

[website: http://airtype.io/ ]
[video: https://vimeo.com/90766615 ]
typing  hardware  keyboards  accessories  input  airtype 
july 2014 by robertogreco
Fully Functioning LEGO Keyboard Is The Coolest Thing Ever | Ubergizmo
"If you’ve ever grown up playing LEGO, well you know everything you create is pretty much limited to your imagination. In fact nowadays LEGO has gotten to the point where there are creations far more impressive than they were back in the day, although admittedly much more expensive as well.
We’ve seen LEGO being used for electronics in the past, so we guess we can’t say we’re too surprised to learn that builder Jason Allemann has actually managed to piece together an actual working keyboard using bits of LEGO, and electronic components of course.

For the most part it seems that the keyboard is comprised of actual LEGO pieces, but at the same time since there aren’t LEGO pieces for certain keys on the keyboard, Alleman had improvise in certain areas, like the hilarious Caps Lock button, for example, which actually features a tiny LEGO hat (or cap, get it?).

Now we doubt that Allemann will be mass producing this LEGO keyboard, nor is he going to put this up for sale either. However for those who might be a bit more savvy around electronic components, perhaps this is a project you might want to take under consideration.

It is admittedly pretty cool and if you have a few minutes to spare, you can check out the video above in which Alleman shows off his LEGO keyboard in action, or you can head on over to Alleman’s blog for the details of how he put it all together."

[Direct link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEEzQKJfNE0 ]
lego  keyboards  2014 
march 2014 by robertogreco
T9onym - Wikipedia
"A T9onym is a word that shows up on mobile phones that have T9 text entry that is equivalent through T9 to other words. "
language  technology  mobile  phones  slang  textonyms  t9  texting  keyboards  keypads  sms  jargon  text  messaging  english  writing 
january 2007 by robertogreco
Elekson Gadget Bag Doubles as USB Keyboard - Gizmodo
"It's a prototype from Eleksen, the company that makes fabric buttons. Just look at it, in all its cloth-y, clicky, gadget-protecting goodness!"
design  gadgets  bags  input  keyboards 
december 2006 by robertogreco

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