The familiar computer keyboard is a product that includes dozens of keys, springs and wires. Scientists at the University of Auckland (New Zealand) have developed a streamlined programmable keyboard using elastic rubber previously used as a dielectric elastomer.
The prototype keyboard consists of two sensitive layers connected to form a single layered structure. The surface is divided into 9 zones, which are essentially 9 programmable keys, much like a touch screen keyboard. One of the project participants, Daniel Xu, spoke about the advantages of the development:
“The undeniable advantages of our development are durability, invulnerability to water, and the ability to turn almost any object into a keyboard by wrapping it in our rubber. It can also be used as sensitive skin or for motion capture, which athletes, doctors and interactive controller manufacturers will surely appreciate. "