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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.

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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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.

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