Google studies without a keyboard spacebar

Without a keyboard space bar? The Google has patented devising a mechanism which could enlarge the trackpad making occupy the area normally occupied by the largest of the keys.

Google is planning to build a keyboard without the spacebar. This follows from a recognized patent by the Patent – Trademark Office US. The patent refers expressly to ” keyboard without a key for the space bar “, a system that would allow Google to extend the trackpad making him physically occupy the area normally occupied by the largest of the keys, a concept that could be used in future Chromebook. The ability to enter the space, and of course, always exist in Google’s patent explains the mechanism that allows the system to figure out when the user wants to enter the space, and when the index finger (or fingers) passes on the trackpad for other functions.

In practice, a dedicated sensor on the trackpad is able to determine whether the user is performing a swipe, clicking or want to insert a space. If the user is typing text, probably the trackpad will give priority to the function space bar; outside of the context of the writing, the area of ​​the trackpad where normally is located the space, will be exploited for other operations. As always, remember to all patents, it is said that this system will in a future actually adopted; Google, Apple, Microsoft and many other companies record every year hundreds of patents, but not always these are then effectively used.


With the MacBook 12″, Apple has managed to recover space, redesigning the keyboard redesigning it to fit the new computer each component: the mechanism that runs until the curvature of the individual keys and the font of the letters. The result is a keyboard decidedly thinner. Apple has exploited a mechanism butterfly is wider than the scissor, built in a more rigid material and assembled in one piece, so each key is more balance and responsive, while occupying less space vertically.