VK200 Infrared Keyboard: Hands-On (Video)

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Virtual keyboards have been around for years, projecting an image of a keyboard out onto a flat surface and using a camera to track your finger movements as you tap away on the projection. It’s a nice idea, and seems to solve a number of problems with other portable keyboard designs, being a snap to pack up and carry around.

We’ve always heard that, in practice, these kind of systems tend to fall pretty short of expectations, and don’t make a good replacement for a regular Bluetooth keyboard, or even the on-screen software ones already on our phones. At the CES in Las Vegas this week we went hands-on with the VK200 infrared keyboard to see just how usable it really was. Check out our video to see how it fared:

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!