Media Technology MSc

One-press Control


One-press control is a novel tactile technique for keys on a computer keyboard. It enables the control of multiple different events during a single key depress / release cycle. It takes the form of a software layer, placed between the raw input from Microsoft's experimental pressure-sensitive keyboard and regular applications.

This is one of two Media Technology entries for the UIST 2009 Student Innovation Contest. The goal of the contest is to develop new interactions on unique hardware. Student groups were supplied with a prototype, pressure-sensitive keyboard designed by Microsoft Hardware. Each key is capable of reporting its press force (8-bit resolution). Within exactly one month, students had to develop a useful or fun application, implement its prototype and demonstrate it.


Staas de Jong, Jeroen Jillissen, Dünya Kirkali, Hanna Schraffenberger, and Arnout Terpstra, One-press Control. Poster and prototype presented at the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST 2009) Student Innovation Contest, October 5-6 2009, Victoria (Canada)