Over the course of the last few months, it’s become pretty relevant that Microsoft makes cool concepts, but that tends to be as far as it goes. It happened with the Courier, and now it’s happening with this amazing looking Adaptive Keyboard. It was shown off at this year’s UIST Student Innovation Contest, and it has us wishing more and more that every concept became a reality.
What makes it worse, though, is the fact that some students out there, attending this year’s contest, are actually going to get to take one of these home. These students will be able to develop whatever they want, and will have the ability to actually win some cash for whatever hard work they actually take part in. From $2,000 to $500, depending on their results, we imagine.
As for the hardware, you can see that it looks like a normal keyboard. And then there’s that large touchscreen display above the keys, which extends down into the keys. While we’re still missing plenty of hardware features, like all of the good bits, we know that the touchscreen is similar to that of the Optimus Maximus, and therefore there’s potentially an endless amount of customization you can achieve with this ‘board. Below, there’s a pair of videos that you’ll want to check out.