Apple keyboard patent will kill the computer mouse

Motion-sensitive QWERTY will let you browse with gestures

Is this the end for the keyboard's old accomplice?

We’re always keen to bring you Apple patents because they represent the very forefront of creative tech thinking. Case in point is this obscure number, which treads the line between genius and insanity with all the poise of Gareth Bale.

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It’s a patent for a motion-sensitive keyboard that marries the best of a physical, tactile QWERTY with intuitive user control. The idea involve placing four ‘slot cameras’ around the perimeter that look upwards and monitor your hand movement above the keys.

This is then turned into control information, allowing your to wave your hand above the keyboard to move your computer’s cursor.


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The image also appears to demonstrate gestures, such as the four-finger swipe currently employed by the trackpad on Apple Macbooks. Is this the future of computer control? Are the humble mouse’s days numbered? Let us know on the T3 Twitter feed.