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