Logitech introduces the wireless CRAFT keyboard with content-specific dial
When most of the companies are placing their bets on multi-touch displays as the next big thing for PC application interaction, it is still nice to see Logitech improving the old keyboard designs with functions that mimic all that multi-touch expensive stuff. Logitech has announced the CRAFT keyboard with a context-specific dial that essentially integrates the functionalities of the expansive Microsoft Surface Dial and Dell Canvas into a more cost-effective device.
The built-in aluminum “crown” was specifically designed to offer extended functionality in Word, PowerPoint and Excel (2010 edition and up), as well as in Adobe Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and Premier Pro CC. It lets users quickly adjust a series of image properties like brightness, contrast and saturation or choose the brush size in Adobe’s creative software suites. It also enables users to choose chart types and font types or size for Microsoft’s Office programs (only on Windows for the moment).
The dial detects touch, turn and tap gestures, and users can extend its functionality by adding custom profiles with the Logitech Options software. This makes it possible for the dial to interact with more programs. For example, users could change desktops, navigate between apps, adjust the volume or browse through songs or pictures. The keyboard can be connected to multiple devices at once, through USB dongles or Bluetooth. It also features backlit keys and an ambient light sensor.
According to Logitech’s press release, the CRAFT keyboard is expected to be available this October for a suggested retail price of US$199.99.