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Samsung reveals SelfieType—an invisible keyboard controlled by your selfie camera

By January 15, 2020No Comments

CES kicked off the New Year with a bunch of new tech reveals. One of the earlier surprises came from Samsung, who revealed a keyboard that is, quite literally, nothing—SelfieType.

SelfieType is a keyboardless mobile keyboard. It’s only a demo right now, and it uses your phone’s camera and A.I. processing in order to translate finger movements on an empty surface to key strokes.

SelfieType is a shared concept

Keyless keyboards already exist, but none are very good. They use lasers and are quite expensive for a keyboard that is typically laggy and inaccurate. They’re more a novelty than anything, offering far less than a standard cheap Bluetooth keyboard for several times the price.

SelfieType’s major advantage is that it’s essentially free. As long as you have a Samsung phone with a keyboard, you’ll have SelfieType. Presumably, the same would hold for any computer or tablet camera as well, if the tech extends that far. It’s unclear how effective it would be, but the theory seems cool, at least.

Worth it for the average consumer

In short, if SelfieType is free or even cheap to download, it will be hard to justify passing it up. It will likely be at least worth a shot, even as a novelty, even if you need something to prop up your phone to use it.

Unfortunately, it’s just a demo now, and not even a hands-on one. We have no way of knowing if it will be effective just yet. Hopefully we will be able to get our hands on this tech in the next couple of months to see if Samsung’s presentation was more than a swanky concept at a convention.

Author Angelo D'Argenio

Angelo has been writing about games for 10 years now. He has been a pro gamer, a professor of game design, and a game-centric comedian. His favorite genres are RPGs and fighting games, and he has a particular love of obscure but innovative indie titles. His favorite old-school games are Chrono Trigger and Xenogears and his favorite modern game is Undertale. When not gaming, you can usually find him talking at gaming and anime conventions up and down the East coast.

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