Microsoft Prototyped Keyboard With 'Touch Bar' Years Ago [Video]

Microsoft Prototyped Keyboard With 'Touch Bar' Years Ago [Video]

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Apple has generated a lot of user excitement over its new MacBook Pro keyboard with Touch Bar. Interestingly, Microsoft has been publicly demonstrating a similar concept for years and has been privately working on it for over 15 years.

Described as an Adaptive Keyboard, Microsoft's prototype featured an even larger touch area.

What’s an Adaptive Keyboard? It is a research prototype developed by Microsoft Hardware to explore how combining display and input capabilities in a keyboard can allow users to be more productive. The keyboard incorporates a large, touch-sensitive display strip at the top. In addition, the display continues underneath the keys, allowing the legends to be modified in real time. This lets you do things like change the character set to a different language or display command icons.

When asked why Microsoft didn't release the keyboard, Steven Bathiche, director of research in Microsoft's applied sciences group, said "We did not build computers back then. When we did start, we made computers with touch screens."

Check out Microsoft's Adaptive Keyboard in the video below...

[via Verge]

tar - November 6, 2016 at 8:50am
and then someone in apple finds it and goes "I have discovered another great innovation for apple" :)
Technosilly - November 6, 2016 at 7:38am
Microsoft been working on this for 15 years and never release it? Apple improved the concept on a laptop and it works. Way to go Apple.
JB - November 5, 2016 at 2:59am
Lawsuit. They have always stolen other ideas and claimed has their own.
Chinky Chink - November 5, 2016 at 2:34am
"Apple has generated a lot of user excitement over its new MacBook Pro keyboard with Touch Bar." Yeah I'm jumping for join when they announced that innovation @-@.
SICKBOY - November 4, 2016 at 10:10pm
Im sick of Apples lack of innovation. Back in the day one was excited to see a keynote. Today you kind dread them because you just know something you used was going to be taken away. Apple has moved from "THINK DIFFERENT" to "THERES AN ADAPTOR FOR THAT" company.
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