|Samsung's AI-powered keyboard works by translating finger movements into keystrokes / Credits: ImageFlow via Shutterstock|
Innovations are becoming more advanced, even keyboards are following the trend. Today’s keyboards come in all shapes and sizes, which can be used in several devices. However, some keyboards are difficult to carry sometimes. This is what Samsung is trying to address. During the recent CES 2020, an annual trade show organized by the Consumer Technology Association, Samsung introduced its version of a modern keyboard: an invisible keyboard powered by artificial intelligence.
The concept of a virtual keyboard is not new as innovations like this had appeared before. However, they didn’t become that useful because they are too unreliable to work at speed. They tend to be slow and inaccurate. Samsung’s conceptual SelfieType, the AI-powered keyboard, works differently from existing products like the Celluon Magic Cube Laser Projection Keyboard. It uses a person’s phones’ existing front-facing camera instead of lasers or projection to track your hands as you type on any surface.
"SelfieType requires no additional hardware and it is highly adaptable to various mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops," Samsung wrote on its website.
According to CNet, the world's leader in tech product reviews, news, prices, videos, forums, how-tos and more, SelfieType can translate finger movements into keystrokes. However, developing this device took a lot of work. Won Chun, one of the C-Lab researchers behind SelfieType, stated that getting more is the main challenge in this keyboard. The team had to gather enough data on different typing styles and hand sizes so the algorithm can interpret joint movements effectively.
The researchers came up with an idea of an AI-powered keyboard as an alternative to carrying around a full laptop or portable keyboard when on the go. During the demo of the device, the app tutoring users guided them through how different keys are mapped to different fingers. While details remain scarce, Samsung has officially confirmed that the keyboard will be released soon.