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Apple has patented a mechanical keyboard

Choosing a universal “mechanics” for all occasions is not easy — buying such an accessory, you have to compromise between noise level and comfortable tactile impact. Apple engineers set out to solve this problem — another development of the company was a keyboard with the ability to change the pressure and noise level of each key, without a separate set of switches.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published an Apple patent application describing the design of a smart keyboard with the ability to adjust parameters such as pressing force, tactile recoil, and audio feedback.

Application details

The document states that the accessory can provide users with a choice of two previous templates (for example, for games and typing), as well as the option of fine manual customization. Adjustment, according to the document, will be carried out by means of the firm software which will adjust the necessary parameters of drives of mechanical switches.

In particular, the company in the application demonstrates the mechanism of switches, each of which can be configured individually or in groups to provide different types of feedback for individual keys. For example, the user may need a stronger tactile return for the keys, which are usually actuated by the index or middle fingers, and a weaker one for the keys that fall under the little finger. The same applies to the characteristic pressing sound, which the owner of the accessory can change by adjusting the key drive.

Another patent of the company provides for the implementation of tactile feedback on technology based on the resistance of the mechanism in proportion to the force of pressing the cap. The probable date of the announcement and the price of the original keyboard are not reported by the developers.

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