Keyboards

All About Keyboards

While keyboards are bit of a mundane topic in which there may seem to be little point in knowing much about, there have been advances in keyboard technology that are important to note. Newer technology has grown accustomed to implementing a USB 3.0 port. A keyboard equipped with USB 3.0 may function exactly like a keyboard with USB 2.0, but computer systems that only contain USB 2.0 ports may display a notification regarding the compatibility. The keyboard should still be able to be used with the computer, but expecting this notification will help to reduce any concern that the keyboard won't function properly. USB cords are almost universal, because they can plug into most electronics. This means that using a keyboard for your SmartTV could be as easy as plugging it in. Using the universal nature of USB, technology manufacturers are able to equip a wide variety of electronics to be compatible with keyboards in order to limit any tedious data entry. With the amount of tablets and smaller computers available on the market, some keyboard manufactures have started creating flexible keyboards. Not only are these keyboards flexible and lightweight, but most if not all of them are waterproof. This makes them washable and this completely eliminates having to remove individual keys, using a pressurized air cleaner, or having to suffer through a key that won't depress enough to activate the connection.

Keyboards are becoming especially popular within the mobile device market. The screens are getting larger on tablets, but nobody enjoys typing up documents on a touch screen keyboard. This is where USB or Bluetooth keyboards come in handy, because they allow for an easier experience when it comes to typing things up using a mobile device. This isn't limited to tablets, as any mobile device that incorporates a USB port or Bluetooth compatibility is able to use a keyboard with the proper technology (USB, Bluetooth, or even both). These mobile keyboards tend to exclude the numeric pad for portability, though, so some forms of work are still better performed on a full size keyboard. Keyboards that are compatible with a mobile device may also lack ergonomics, so somebody who uses the keyboard on a hard, flat surface for long periods of time would probably prefer an ergonomic keyboard. Ergonomic keyboards offer stability, as well as comfort for the wrists.

A newer technology known as "virtual keyboards" is being produced. A virtual keyboard could be either a keyboard that pops-up on a mobile devices touch screen, or one that is cast onto a hard surface using a heat sensing light. The heat senses where your fingers are placed on the hard surface (where the keyboard is being displayed via some form of projector), which is a cool new twist on holographic technologies