Is Samsung about to "kill" the on-screen keyboard at CES 2020?

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Samsung started 2020 with a bang, unveiling a Galaxy S10 Lite and a Galaxy Note 10 Lite seemingly out of the blue, as well as confirming that the Galaxy S11 (S20) flagships  will be unveiled on February 11. That's a lot of Samsung-related news for the first week of 2020, but things are just getting started.

Although not as exciting, Samsung has just hinted at a cool new party trick that its phones might score very soon. Dubbed SelfieType, it will be revealed at CES 2020 imminently, and will allow you to type with the help of the front-facing camera. Quite similar to the hit-or-miss laser keyboard projectors that came to be a couple of years ago, Samsung intends to intelligently observe your fingers as you type on a flat surface and interpret the input accordingly.

Samsung says the feature couples raw image input from the camera with AI to match the exact position of your fingers to type without having to resort to physical buttons. As revealed in the Samsung Members blog post detailing it, the feature currently supports English only, but more languages will probably come in the future if SelfieType proves to be successful. 

One of the immediate downsides of this technology is the fact that it could only be seen as valuable from experienced touch-typists who don't need to look at a keyboard to type. If you "hunt and peck" while typing on a real or virtual keyboard, SelfieType will most certainly not a feature you'd want to use. 

Samsung's CES 2020 keynote is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. PT on Monday, January 6; we will likely hear more about SelfieType then. 

Check it out in action right below, but have in mind that it might not work as effortlessly in real life as in this promo video. 

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11 Comments

1. Gryffin

Posts: 90; Member since: Dec 19, 2018

if i can touch my phone, than why would i do this. Cool tech but wrong implementation.

2. evo-ninja

Posts: 33; Member since: May 23, 2011

"hunt and peck"

4. Plutonium239

Posts: 1262; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

It's what I do.

3. Elvis358

Posts: 286; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Don't understand why it's called selfie type. It's a cool gimmick. But the accuracy will be terrible. You barely can swipe songs right on pixel4 or log g8. So I'm sceptical that you could type something like that!

6. KingSam

Posts: 1516; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

But why? I can already tell this will be killed off. You're already touching the phone. Not to mention it will be using camera and AI processing so goodbye battery life

7. HarysViewty

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 04, 2015

LG DualScreen keyboard is better And LG tof sensor has higher resolution with better efficiency Nice concept, just like LG handID

8. tokuzumi

Posts: 1996; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

So you type normally so the camera can mis-interpret your inputs. Great. Technology has to start somewhere, so I'll reserve judgement until the tech is announced and the demo is shown.

9. TBomb

Posts: 1702; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

This screams "conceptual" in my opinion so I'm going to take this with an entire salt shaker. However, I hope soli comes to more phones - and coming to Samsung would be a great start and possibly push some real indpendent dev work!

10. osterrich21

Posts: 190; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Like reinventing the wheel. A square wheel

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31753; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not something I’d be interested in. Samsung, please keep the option for a regular keyboard in the software.

12. Vokilam

Posts: 1437; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Wait wait wait This might be a genius idea. Will it work if I grab some old desktop keyboard and just start typing on that? If this works, you won’t need those expensive BT attachable keyboards or whatever. You don’t have to pair anything. You don’t have to install any apps. Etc. You’ll have the convenience of tactile feel and you don’t have to carry anything extra with you (there are computers everywhere). If it’s like that - I would love this on the iPad.

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