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Consumer Gadgets: 50 Ways to Have Fun and Simplify Your Life with Today’s Technology…and Tomorrow’s by Nicholas D. Evans

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Chapter 46. Working with Virtual Keyboards: Electronic Perception

The traditional keyboard has been with us for a long time as the primary way to enter textual information into a computer. As computers embed themselves into our daily lives and accompany-us outside the home and office, new input techniques are needed to support painless and efficient data entry while traveling. Mobile phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs) still have limited data-entry capabilities when compared to the traditional desktop keyboard. The currently available options for these devices include voice recognition, hand-writing recognition, or input via a minikeyboard. The RIM Blackberry is an example of a device that has successfully overcome many of these data-entry ...

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