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Virtual Keyboard

Operating on the premise that people only want to carry around a single, lightweight device that keeps them connected, Canesta Inc. has invented a keyboard made only of light.

A projector beams an image of a keyboard onto any flat surface, and 3D sensors register when a user's fingertip touches an individual key.

The 40-employee San Jose company says it has already licensed the technology to three manufacturers it would not name. And it has just opened a Tokyo office. Canesta showed a prototype at the show, so the technology has not yet hit the market in anyone's hardware. And there's at least one drawback: It won't work in full sunlight.