Samsung has presented a virtual keyboard named SelfieType which makes us think that the future may be without a keyboard at all. It works via recognition through the front camera and use of artificial intelligence. This seems like the closest thing to a holographic keyboard that for many years innovators have thought about.
The idea of being able to type on a smartphone in the same way as if you did it on a conventional physical keyboard, but without actually having it in front of you is nothing new. If you have been following the tech news for some time, you will probably remember that famous holographic keyboard that many thought the iPhone would include.
Samsung shown SelfieType at CES 2020, as a new and striking proposal, a virtual and invisible keyboard that promises that futuristic writing experience where you will not need to place your smartphone, tablet or all-screen device on a flat surface.
From there begins the “magic”, and this keyboard is not like those other accessories that works with a laser projection and detects the interruption of light beams getting interrupted. Here’s something else, but before telling you how it really works, check out the following video posted by the company about SelfieType.
SelfieType makes use of the device’s front camera and enhanced software with its own artificial intelligence. In this way, the camera records the hands moving in the same way as if you were typing with a physical keyboard in real time. These captures are analyzed through AI and translated into the keystrokes that would then be made on that virtual keyboard that appears on the screen.
As you can see in the video, SelfieType does not seem to have a device limitation and could be used in any way you can imagine. All you need is to place it on a fixed surface where you can capture the necessary information. Although if we are realistic, do not expect it with the launch of the next Samsung Galaxy.