One of the greatest barriers to using the computer is the keyboard.
It is the clunkiest of all the interfaces simply because it’s mechanical. These days even so-called hard drives can be entirely digital with no moving parts.
But the qwerty legacy was never meant for the digital age.
It's a contraption and I don’t think it should be improved.
I think it should be scrapped. Chinese typists will agree with me.
Here’s a brief description of my rechargeable light-powered computer of the future. It's simple. Surely the technology can't be too far fetched.
If I cough when I unfold my computer it logs me on.
It only responds to my voice, and can tell the difference between me talking and a high quality recording of me talking. And it doesn’t respond to a high quality recording of me talking either.
I don’t type what I want it to do. I tell it.
Touch sensitive screen? Yes. It is perfected to a high degree of sensitivity and usability. I can draw on it with a finger or a pencil.
The screen looks like paper when it’s in bright light; backlighting when in shade. It automatically adjusts to the light levels with vocal override when needed. Images and texts look as they would on a high quality magazine – matt effect, low sheen, holograph.
Unrolled I can use it to scan a magazine by directly laying it on top. Well folded, I can fit it comfortably in my inside pocket.