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This keyboard's keys will respond differently to whatever finger you use

Pressing the same key with your index finger or middle finger will yield different results.

Image: Daniel Vogel/youTube

KEYBOARDS COME WITH various combinations to allow more complex actions like Ctrl + A to select all or using the Shift key to capitalise a letter, but this keyboard may be able to tell what you want just by how you press a key.

Researchers from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada has developed a keyboard that watches your hands so it knows what finger you use to press a key, and what action to take.

Using a reflector and a built-in laptop camera, it can identify fingers as well as hand positioning to figure out the right action.

For example, if you press the letter G with your index finger, it will work as normal, but pressing it with your thumb or little finger would carry out an entirely different action.

If you were using a word processor, pressing H in different ways will create different headings or if you’re signed into a program.

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headings keyboard Source: Daniel Vogel/YouTube

Other things they’ve experimented with include two-finger presses like letting you log out of a program if you press L this way.

While two key-combinations aren’t that hard to pull off, the researchers designed it as a way to help programmers, video editors, graphic designers and anyone else who use more complex programs for their work.

Source: Daniel Vogel/YouTube

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