Apple computers of the future could come with a smart keyboard that can sense approaching fingers before it is touched.
Designed to improve tactile response of keyboards, the technology consists of a combination of sensors detecting airflow and finger proximity.
A patent filed by Apple, titled Input Devices and Methods of Operation, explains how typing on smaller and thinner keyboards can be made more easy and satisfying.
One of the systems provides “feedback” to the fingertips by blowing up air through vents in the keys or through spaces between them.
Another system pulls down the key as the finger nears.
Apple believes a combination of the two systems would make for an enhanced typing experience even on slim, tiny keyboards.
The patent application lists Aleksandar Pance as the lead inventor of the technology.
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