You better be a fan of typing on a touch screen, Apple has conceived of and patented a flat keyboard with no physical keys at all.
Apple has taken the touchscreen keyboard idea and made it much more versatile. The “flat surface keyboard” will use a combination of pressure sensitive piezoelectric and acoustic recognition to better register taps and swipes. It could also be capable of voice and gesture recognition.
Apple kept its options wide open in the patent, detailed on the site Patently Apple, explaining that this keyboard could be made of plastic, metal or the more traditional glass surface. The plastic and metal variants would have a pattern stamped or etched into the surface to identify keys, while the glass version would simply show a graphical interface under the glass.
Don’t expect the keyboard anytime soon from Apple, but with the Patent in hand we could see it in our future.
[via Patently Apple]