Pressure Sensitive Keyboard Keys?

Discussion in 'Keyboards' started by KakashiSharingan, Dec 28, 2015.


Should Razer Implement Pressure Sensitivity For Their Keyboards?

  1. YES!

    14 vote(s)
  2. NO!

    5 vote(s)
  3. I DON'T CARE!

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  1. KakashiSharingan

    KakashiSharingan Active Member

    So this might sound stupid, but why not implement some sort of 'force touch' for your keyboards?
    For example, if I play a game like rocket league (or any other game with driving like GTA 5) I want to be able to slightly turn left/right by pressing lightly or fully turn left/right by pressing harder.
    The technology exists, I'm just not sure why it isn't being used? I think if anyone can figure this out it would be Razer.
    That's just my two cents, I'd love to hear your thoughts... :)
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  2. lifeautoCrimson336

    lifeautoCrimson336 Active Member

    I like your idea but when I read the title I immediately thought of the how the new mamba works like for example be able to change the actuation force of the whole keyboard or just a few keys like WASD and space. This would remove the need of different types of switches, mx reds, browns blues, razer green, ect. But that would be expensive and probably take up a lot of space. What do you think?
  3. GoneDrinkin

    GoneDrinkin Active Member

    Great suggestion!

    i guess to be able to have each key on the keyboard equipped with a sensor individually (and still incorporating that force actuation accuracy and durability), and the electronics to compile all those keys, on top of current keyboard technologies, would be really really expensive. Rolling out a product like that would cost alot and the market might not be ready for such a keyboard.

    Having the technology may be good, but releasing it to a market when there is no need/want for it (i don't think current games majority support it), would be detrimental to the balance sheets. Furthermore, games involving vehicles, probably a control column/wheel would be ideal? If mainstream mmo/fps games were to incorporate this technology into their gameplay in the future, i think it will be very very interesting!
  4. Predator5

    Predator5 Well-Known Member

  5. KakashiSharingan

    KakashiSharingan Active Member

    I just wanted to clarify, I didn't mean for all the keys I just meant for the WASD and/or arrow keys.
    EDIT: I found exactly what I was talking about (skip to about 1 min):
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2015
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    Yeah, I can see Razer doing that, and if it's like the new-tech in phones i.e Force Touch. Actually most likely it would implemented in Blade Pro's with the touch-screen and Razer's mechanical keyboards. I can also see as this as a gaming thing, it's also a better concept than most.
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  7. KakashiSharingan

    KakashiSharingan Active Member

    I'm glad somebody here finally sees what I'm trying to say! BTW the manufacturing cost is only minimally increased, probably less than $10 per keyboard. I'd be willing to pay $50 more for a keyboard with pressure sensitivity since I play lots of racing games and driving games (GTA 5, rocket league, planetside 2, dirt rally, etc.)
  8. jgoodman458

    jgoodman458 Member

    Wow, I would have never thought of many of the possible things that can be done with pressure sensitive keys in that video. Really ingenious. I do hope Razer can pioneer an awesome pressure sensitive switch. Would be very neat and useful.
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  9. You can do that on a keyboard, in a way, by removing the top part of the switch and changing the spring (The spring inside the key switch determines the force required). This is still very tedious.

    I am interested in how a company could implement this in their keyboard. It probably will be expensive; I'm certain of it, but it could cut down material usage and possibly save money.
  10. KakashiSharingan

    KakashiSharingan Active Member

    The hardware wouldn't be expensive, I think programming the software would be more expensive. That's why I would want them to only make the WASD keys pressure sensitive at first (for racing games) then once they cut down costs and perfect the technology they can release a full pressure sensitive keyboard. The keyboard in the video probably didn't cost too much to make, I'm really not sure why no keyboard maker is looking into this.
  11. KakashiSharingan

    KakashiSharingan Active Member

    I hope so too!!! I hope Min-Liang Tan stumbles across this thread and considers the idea, I think it would even get people to upgrade to a better keyboard if it made driving games much better.
  12. GoneDrinkin

    GoneDrinkin Active Member

    He said that Razer is going to have some major announcement this new year. On a separate post he also said that he is eating something while testing a new technological product, as his engineers weren't very pleased as the CEO was dropping crumps on it. Sounds like a keyboard? (Pressure-sensitive keyboard perhaps?) There's not alot of things you can drop crumps on.

    @KakashiSharingan for all you know, you might be spot on!
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  13. KakashiSharingan

    KakashiSharingan Active Member

    I sure hope so! Or maybe a new Razer Blade? :)
  14. KakashiSharingan

    KakashiSharingan Active Member

    I found a company that is going to release such a keyboard this year:

    Now do you see why I want this? Imagine how much easier it would be to drive in GTA 5...
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  15. erato

    erato Active Member

    I don't know, i really don't play many driving games, so it's hard to tell.
    It is something nice to have, but at this time not something I'm willing to pay for.
  16. potartopie

    potartopie Active Member

    This sounds like Apple :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
  17. VikariousOne

    VikariousOne Well-Known Member

    Cool idea! I wonder if Razer has taken this into account. They have already influenced a lot of companies with the Razer Blade and practically made the "thin and light gaming laptop" category. I wonder if they can start this for keyboards! Pretty cool!
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  18. Mat_Cauthon

    Mat_Cauthon Member

    I really love that idea! I've always had a hard time with driving games, due to the inability to fully turn/slightly turn, and this would fix it. Wonderful thought!
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  19. VikariousOne

    VikariousOne Well-Known Member

    GUYS. I THINK IT HAPPENED. PRESSURES SENSITIVE KEYBOARDS ARE HERE. Or at least one of them is here. Here's a link, it's called the "Wooting One". What a name, lol.
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  20. Irenicussss

    Irenicussss Member

    Great idea
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