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September 05, 2013

Cambridge Tech Firm Reveals Prototype for World's Thinnest Keyboard

By Alice Koganova, Contributing Writer

You’ve seen the evolution of tablets and even the latest iPad mini, but now prepare yourselves for the world’s thinnest keyboard. This keyboard is powered by the same company behind the technology in wireless Beats headphones and Nike running gadgets.

During an IFA consumer electronics event in Berlin, wireless technology company Cambridge-based CSR (News - Alert) showcased a prototype of this keyboard, which is expected to be only a millimeter thick with a flexible and wireless touchscreen. The company behind this product has been popular for its Beats headphones, Nike+ SportWatch and Jambox speaker. Consumers who are a huge fan of these products will surely enjoy CSR’s thinnest keyboard.

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According to CSR’s director of low power wireless products, Paul Willamson, the final product will all depend on the manufacturer. "We might see lots of shapes and sizes, some as small as iPad Mini or a larger, more rigid form for a desktop PC, which could be curved, in any colour way, transparent or fitted with a leather folio."

The keyboard is expected to be a piece that accommodates tablet devices. CSR has partnered with Conductive Inkjet Technology so that the keyboard can be printed out and customized to include different functions such as language or video editing. The companies are also working to create a touchscreen that can be used under a piece of paper to sync notes on to a computer.

For those already anxious to buy this keyboard, the product won’t be available for another 12 months or so. “This is a working prototype and a glimpse forward rather than something people will be buying this year,” said Williamson.

Edited by Alisen Downey
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