Microsoft is constantly looking for ways to improve its Surface range and the next step for the company seems to be refining the Surface Keyboard design and features package.
A patent recently discovered by WR reveals a method based on haptic feedback and that Microsoft could use to kill two birds with one stone.
First of all, thanks to the haptic feedback, the typing experience would be significantly improved, thus helping Microsoft to better reproduce the perception of the use of a conventional keyboard.
And second, it could allow the company to create a thinner Surface keyboard by reducing the physical path of the key, with the haptic feedback responsible for generating a vibration that could simulate a longer path.
Just a patent for the moment
The patent, called Push Button with Haptic Feedback, describes a method combining physical keys and haptic feedback to create a thinner keyboard that does not affect the input in any way.
"The design of mechanical keys for keyboards often includes rubber or metal dome switches and scissor mechanisms that provide desirable overall feel and performance or allow the key to be moved to meet the specifications of the keyboards." overall thickness of the keyboard, which decrease, but not both, "says the patent.
"The haptic feedback devices offer a sensory feedback to the user, which means that a selection has been made without physical movement of the keyboard, but does not necessarily offer the user a sensation and overall desirable performance. Below you will find a detailed description of the buttons or control buttons providing the user with the desired feel and performance, while meeting reduced keyboard thickness specifications. "
As with all patents, this is not a guarantee that the technology reaches mass production, but it is clear that Microsoft is looking for ways to improve the Surface keyboard. At the present time, the lens seems to make the keyboard thinner, without this having an impact on the typing experience.