Sydney, Australia (November 20, 2007)–Fairlight has developed “a new transformational keyboard technology.” The new keyboard technology can change contextually on-the-fly and allows implementation of cascading submenu trees, animated status indicators and enables icon-driven menus on its keys. The Fairlight keyboard is currently shipping as a component of the Fairlight Xynergi media production center.
According to Fairlight CEO, John Lancken, the new key switch technology advances interaction between people and media by guiding the next step in menu-driven applications. This is achieved with or by transforming keys using icons or any of 600 available Microsoft fonts.
“The keyboard switching technology eliminates an entire series of synapses that would otherwise be required to navigate from inspiration to execution,” Lancken said. “Beyond digital audio and video, there are tremendous applications for these switches in industrial computing, distance learning, technology training, traditional teaching, trading desk, network operation, quick service restaurants, retail and wherever people and information co-exist.”
The controller can support any type of language or icon driven menu structure with an ‘on-demand’ QWERTY keyboard for routine naming tasks and immediate access to MS Office tools such as email, Word and Excel. The controller also features eight touch-sensitive rotary controllers and multiple soft keys arranged around a color control zone known as the “pad.”