Researchers develop a new ‘intelligent’ keyboard - IKB

Researchers develop a new ‘intelligent’ keyboard - IKB

A team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, University of California Riverside, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed a new keyboard which they have dubbed the IKB, or ‘intelligent keyboard.’

According to the research team, the IKB is capable of improving cyber security, and can also generate the requisite energy for a wireless connection.

The creation of the new ‘intelligent keyboard’ marked a new research which the US Department of Energy had funded, as part of a six-year grant for studying nano power generation. The research was essentially aimed at developing a keyboard which is powered by individual keystrokes, generating sufficient energy for a wireless connection.

Going by the details shared by the researchers, the IKB has the capability of capturing a small charge which is produced when a person’s finger comes in contact with a plastic material that has an electrode coating. The charge captured by the IKB can either be stored in a lithium ion battery, or can be used for sending a wireless signal.

With the help of simple software, the IKB effectively captures information on how hard a person had pressed a key, and for how long a key was pressed. Since the information captured by IKB is particular to an individual, the keyboard potentially unfolds a kind of biometric authentication --- with signal analysis techniques identifying unique typing patterns among people with a low error rate.


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