Patent news: The next Surface keyboards could have haptic feedback

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Microsoft is looking to improve it's already highly touted attachable Surface keyboard with a new feature that could be hinting at a possible redesign of the hardware.

According to a new patent for the Surface keyboard (via Windows Report), Microsoft may be planning to incorporate a haptic feedback feature set to possibly compensate for an upcoming reduction in key travel as it looks to optimize surface area.

Currently, the Surface Keyboard utilizes a mechanical keyboard set up which balances the use of compression pads, scissor switches, springs, and rubber housings under each key to provide a physical depression from 0.2mm to 1.00mm in an attempt to offer the best typing experience on a detachable keyboard.

To its credit, the current Microsoft keyboard has unwittingly become the standard bearer for a detachable keyboard experience.

With this new January 2019 issued patent, it appears Microsoft is set to introduce a new "haptic element" as well as "haptic module" that would sit alongside its mechanical keyboard and offer an additional physical sense of depression.

Patent news: the next surface keyboards could have haptic feedback - onmsft. Com - january 22, 2019

Speculating, just like Apple did with its MacBook touchpads, Microsoft too could be setting up a future in which its user become accustomed to the haptic feedback much more than the perception of physical key depression. In a future where haptic feedback becomes the norm, Microsoft's Surface keyboard could be a welcomed development.

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