Guess who has a keyboard problem? First, Apple’s Mac notebooks. Second, Apple customers who own Mac notebooks. Yes, that wonderful butterfly keyboard mechanism turned out to be a boondoggle and Apple has yet to recover.
What would fix Apple’s keyboard problem? The future. You can see it in action from Sensel, a techno-gadget company that makes a futuristic keyboard with a built-in touch sensor so the keyboard can become almost anything.
Touch Me, Baby
For whatever the reasons, Apple’s design engineers thought the butterfly mechanism in a traditional notebook keyboard would be the future. Decent keyboard feel, very thin design for ever thinner notebooks.
Yeah, reality bites, and the butterfly design, now in its third iteration, may well stain the Mac line for years. What might be better than a keyboard with physical keys?
Sensel’s keyboard. A digital keyboard that works somewhat like the iPhone and iPad keyboard in that it can become almost any kind of design. Digital keyboard, meet trackpad, 3D Touch, et al.
Look at all those keyboard designs. One keyboard. Multiple uses and designs; from music to standard typing to drawing. It looks like an iPad display that you can feel.
The incredibly portable Morph makes no compromises. Next-generation velocity sensitivity, and swappable hardware interfaces gives you tactile response that feels great. Use it as a MIDI controller in any software, or go deeper with integrated scripts for Bitwig Studio and Ableton Live. Polyphonic Expression (MPE) isn’t limited to a piano – use it with any shape and any control.
It’s a keyboard that feels like a keyboard, or a drawing pad, or a musical instrument– all controlled via software. One look at the videos and you’ll know this is exactly the kind of keyboard we will see in the future on Apple devices.
Wait. What? The future?
Already the technology is supported on Mac and Windows PCs with software, and works on Android and iOS devices (almost).
Does Sensel not seem like a company that Apple should buy?