Apple in talks to acquire Australian startup Sonder for dynamic key-morphing Magic Keyboard

“Apple is reportedly closing in on a Australian startup that has pioneered dynamic, customizable ‘magic keyboards,'” Elle Hunt reports for The Guardian. “The Sydney tech company Sonder has designed a smart keyboard that can be customised to accommodate any language, shortcut or custom icon, using the same E Ink display technology used by Kindle.”

“Apple’s looming acquisition of the company was first reported on Wednesday by a Reddit user purporting to have used an Apple prototype using Sonder technology at an event at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where she worked,” Hunt reports. “The Incubator Innoconn event was organised by Foxconn International Holdings, Apple’s manufacturing partner, for startups it has invested in. The woman’s identity was verified by Reddit moderators.”

“A representative for Sonder confirmed its chief executive, Francisco Serra-Martins, attended the event and that the startup was in talks with Apple’s procurement board,” Hunt reports. “The Reddit user said the prototype magic keyboard used an adaptive interface developed by Sonder…”

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10 Comments

      1. For those of us who glance at the keyboard during typing, a software only solution is just confusing. Being able to switch back and forth from QWERTY to Dvorak with correct characters on the keyboard appearing automatically, not having to pry the key caps up and reinstall them, that would be nice. I tried to convert an HP keyboard to Dvorak once and found out most but not all of the keys have the same clips on the back. A few of the keys didn’t fit correctly and were loose.

  1. It’s such an obviousness! That should have existed since already many years… A keyboard which adapts itself to the adjustments of the preferences system, of course.

  2. The Sonder keyboard looks rather prototype (type!) to me. The idea makes sense but the visual is clunky. Inset images of the keys? It looks like there’s a screen down below the keys by a few millimeters. OK. But let’s progress to key surface imaging, and for the entire keyboard. [<- Me pretending playing at being a futurist critic]

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