Microsoft invents keyboard for aliens

Boffins at Microsoft have come up with a new form of keyboard that you need extra fingers to get working properly.

According to the press release, Microsoft’s new SideWinder X4 keyboard, has “the industry’s most advanced anti-ghosting technology,” which can read up to 26 key-strikes at once.

It being early on a Tuesday but most humans have ten fingers and even if they try to share the keyboard with a mate that is only going to give them 20 and lots of arguments about who has the home keys. Duets rarely apply to typing. We can only assume that this keyboard has been designed for 26 fingered aliens who are visiting the planet and need to send an email home.

The press release tells us that each key is scanned independently by the keyboard hardware, so each key press is correctly detected regardless of how many other keys are being pressed at the same time.

“The SideWinder X4 Keyboard excels where other keyboards fail, letting users execute key combinations and taking full advantage of their skill and speed.”

The new keyboard was developed by Microsoft’s Applied Sciences Group and has “macro recording,” which lets users string multiple keys together at the hit of one button. This means that you will forget which key the macro is set for and accidently open your photoshop when ever you hit the button for your email. It’s also got adjustable back-lighting.

The SideWinder X4 will be available for $60 in March, and pre-sales on Amazon begin next week, Redmond tells us. 26 fingered aliens can place their orders using the SETI array. We guess that with this world saturated with Microsoft software, Redmond has had to look further afield for new customers.