【可以揉进口袋的软键盘,成本仅一美元】

【可以揉进口袋的软键盘,成本仅一美元】韩国的研究人员发明了一种非常薄、又坚韧又柔软的键盘,它可以被揉成一团放在口袋里不受损。研究人员用把硅橡胶嵌入导电的碳纳米管,用神经网络技术来教键盘辨别按键位置、压力所代表的字母。研究人员称,这款键盘的功能、灵活性和成本都优于目前所有便携式键盘,成本仅一美元。

The $1 keyboard you can crumple up and put in your pocket: Scientists unveil new ultra-thin device

  • Researchers from Korea have created a keyboard that is so thin, tough and flexible it can be crumpled up and put in a pocket without damaging it
  • They used silicone rubber embedded with conductive carbon nanotubes
  • They used an artificial neural network to teach the keyboard to identify the intended letter or character based on the location and pressure of pushes 

If you've ever wanted to crumple up a keyboard and carry it in your pocket, researchers from the Sejong University in Korea have created a gadget that can do just that.

Bendable portable keyboards have already been on the market for quite some time, but they are not very flexible and take up a significant amount of space.

New technology uses silicone rubber embedded with conductive carbon nanotubes.

Researchers from Korea have created a keyboard that is so thin, tough and flexible it can be crumpled up and put in a pocket without damaging it

The researchers have created a keyboard that is so thin, tough and flexible it can be crumpled up and put in a pocket with no damage.

Existing keyboards use either rigid push buttons on a rollable sheet or a tactile sensor on a multilayered soft sheet.

These devices are hard to make, and because of their stiff materials, can only withstand a little bit of bending or rolling.

To guide users where to press, the researchers drew squares on the surface of the sheet to represent keys for each letter, number or other character.

The new keyboard uses an artificial neural network to teach it to identify the intended letter or character based on the location and pressure of pushes, as well as resistance, on the keyboard.

The researchers claim the keyboard works perfectly and 'outperformed all existing portable keyboards in terms of functionality, flexibility, disposability and cost'.

Existing keyboards use either rigid push buttons on a rollable sheet or a tactile sensor on a multilayered soft sheet. Stock image

In fact, they estimate that the keyboard would cost just one dollar, easily replaceable if it stops working.

Keemin Sohn, Ji Sik Kim, Kee-Sun Sohn and their colleagues wanted to develop a keyboard that could withstand the rigors of everyday life, including complete folding and harsh crumpling.

The study appeared in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5870919/The-1-keyboard-crumple-pocket-Scientists-unveil-new-ultra-device.html


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