Celluon Magic Cube – Virtually a Keyboard

Sick of lugging that keyboard around with your tablet or smartphone? The Magic Cube from Celluon is a laser projection system that will display a full size keyboard  with multi-touch mouse capability on any opaque surface.

“The projection laser displays the keyboard layout onto any opaque surface. Keystrokes are recognized and relayed via an invisible infrared layer combined with an optical sensor.

The recognition process works as follows: when the user presses a key on the projected keyboard, the infrared layer is interrupted. This produces IR reflections that are recognized by the sensor in three dimensions, allowing the system to assign a coordinate (keyboard character).

This product emits infrared light from the lower end of the product to detect objects such as fingers. When an object passes through the area illuminated by the infrared light source, any infrared light reflecting off the object is detected by the sensor. Information on the position and movement of the object is then analyzed to perform the product’s role as a keyboard.”

The unit works via Bluetooth or USB and is compatible with “iOS4 and later, Mac OS 10 and later, Android 2.0 and later, Windows XP/Vista/7 and later, and any Bluetooth HID devices.”

It’s available in red, black, silver and white from Celluon’s online store  and costs $169.99

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  • Janet Cloninger October 4, 2012, 11:30 am

    I’d rather lug around a Bluetooth keyboard myself. These things seem cool, until you realize that they aren’t a lot better than the on-screen keyboards. Sure, they’re bigger, but they still don’t offer any tactile feedback. I’d still be stuck doing the two-finger hunt-and-peck method instead of touch-typing. And for $170, I could probably buy a couple of Bluetooth keyboards.

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  • Daniel Saroff October 4, 2012, 3:33 pm

    @Janet Couldn’t agree more. These have never made sense for me. Plus, you need a flat surface and a fair amount of space for its use. I think it is technology chasing an issue.

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  • Janet Cloninger October 4, 2012, 10:28 pm

    @Daniel Saroff Yep. They’re all dazzle and no beneficial function.

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  • Mark F October 5, 2012, 5:48 am
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