There was the typewriter
While listening to the Typewriter Song, I was reminded of the rise in popularity of ASMR content. There is something ingrained that comes out with the click clack of a good keyboard.
I’ve had an interesting relationship with keyboards.
As a kid, I had access to an old time typewriter with the carriage return and the hard rubber wheels. Smashing your hands against the keyboard would stick the arms together and it was mesmerizing to look at all the intricacies.
A bit older, the bubble keyboards of an Apple II had some heft on them. You felt you were doing something of worth when clicking on them.
Then there were the Windows keyboards that were… meh. The PS/2 keyboards had number pads but something felt off with them. I studied using Typing Tutor on those old meh meh keyboards. It wasn’t until the mid to late 90s that gaming keyboards seem to bring back the tactile experience.
I remember getting a Logitech keyboard with a rubberized wrist pad and slightly angled letters. It felt like though was put into the keyboard. Now, other novel designs came out like the split keyboard but my typing was never that good to use these.
Now, the low profile chiclet keyboards that came out with Macs at first threw me for a loop but I gained a new respect as they added back more resistance and click-iness.
Projecting ahead 10 years, I think we’ll still have keyboards but I think they’ll have some key features:
- OLED screens in every key
- Adjustable haptic feedback in every key (adjustment in travel in travel)
- Ability to change text of the key surface through ballasts
- Water, bacterial, and viral resistant surfaces
We might still use keyboards as the main way to input but much will be complimented with gaze and voice.