It’d be fun to add haptic feedback so I can be sure the slide advances without checking. And maybe next time I’ll challenge the audience to actually figure out how I’m doing it – at which point it really becomes a magic show, with a proper script and necessary misdirection. I don’t know yet. Right now, I’m letting you on this secret, and hope you keep it to yourself.
I’m not going to lie: using it felt awesome. But I like it for even more reasons. Without wanting to, I ended up building a weird keyboard. (And god knows I’ve seen many of these in my research.) And without trying, my secret remote became a celebration of keyboard magicians.
I feel it’s a testament of some sort that “keyboard magician” could mean so many kinds of people. A co-worker who looks up to you as you approach them, their hands still typing. Really good gamers
. Speed typists like Lenore Fenton
, who could address an envelope with more style I ever imagined possible. August Dvorak and other people who analyzed keyboard layouts. Keyboard makers and key cap designers. And artists like Raquel Meyers
, Paul Smith
, and Madge Roemer
I mentioned in my talk, who all turned keyboards into something in between a paintbrush and a piano.