Touted as a next-generation computer keyboard design, the Smartball keyboard revolutionizes the way people think about this particular computer peripheral. More than that, it integrates the game controller, remote control and mouse into one, making it akin to the One Ring that ruled them all from the Lord of the Rings franchise.
Designed by Laura Lahti, the Smartball keyboard is a soft, malleable balloon made of e-textile smart fabric that allows it to reposition its home base depending on where the user places his or her fingers. It also uses visual information to interact with the user, creating a more intuitive experience. One of the Smartball keyboard's most interesting features is it ability to feel like a rose petal, silk or whatever else it was programmed to feel like.