Clevetura technology uses sensors that are embedded into the keys. This is unique in its operation compared to other devices, such as laptops or keyboards which use an external touch panel. The keys respond to gestures like a touchpad or mouse and the users can type, scroll or move the cursor without changing their palm position.
Switching between modes is automatic, with a built-in microcontroller instantly recognising and processing every touch and stroke. The users do not have to think about modes as the system recognises what they are doing. Intuitive interaction with the device and new user experience is what makes the system unique.
'A separate touch panel is not needed for a keyboard, as the keys perform its functions for you. All you need to do is swipe across them to control the cursor or perform other operations. It is convenient, functional and saves time as you do not need to constantly change the position of your hand. Actually, it offers a totally new experience of interacting with a computer as you do not need to think about input devices as everything is done intuitively,' explain Clevetura co-founders Valentin Sokol and Mikhail Krupenkov.
The technology allows the user to process multiple simultaneous clicks, touches and other gestures. It means that all the usual forms of interaction, including zooming, swiping to switch between virtual desktops and two finger scrolling can be used.
The system can speed up the work, especially when there is a need to use the keyboard and mouse simultaneously. Imagine you are writing an important message while someone is calling you on Skype, to reject a call with a mouse or touchpad, you need to change the position of your hand, move the cursor, press the cancel button and select the message window. With Clevetura, you can reject a call with just one gesture. This form of interaction is seamless as it allows the users not to think about their input device.
The Belarusian startup Clevetura, holder of the technology rights, has been operating as a Belarus Hi-Tech Park resident for the last few years. And Sergey Kostevich, founder of ASBIS holding and Prestigio brand, is the project investor. It took about three years to turn the idea into a commercial prototype and now the developers are expecting to get a patent for this technology.
'From the very beginning we believed in the power of this startup and the intuitive keyboard prospects, this is an interesting and easy-to-scale project. It is important to familiarise users with the technology and demonstrate its functionality. We are deeply involved in this startup. It is not only about funding; we are promoting the new technology on the global market. This device and its technology have great potential,' says Serhei Kostevitch.
On photo: Valentin Sokol, Serhei Kostevitch, Mikhail Krupenkov
Production of Clevetura devices commences in July, while the Click&Touch keyboard under the Prestigio brand will be commercially available at the end of August. There are plans to manufacture about 100,000 devices by the end of the year.
Up to five devices can be simultaneously connected to the keyboard via three Bluetooth channels, a USB receiver and Type-C cable. The user can also change the volume or forward and rewind videos by swiping left or right across the top row keys. A mobile application can be used to change the settings and updating the device. The keyboard is lightweight and ergonomic as it has palm rest grooves.
The device will firstly be sold in the CIS and Baltic states - Belarus, Russia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Estonia and Latvia. In the future, the keyboard is expected to be made available to purchase in other countries.
Potential buyers may include technologically advantaged users and smart TV owners. Also, the keyboard can be used in the b2b industry, to manage content on a large screen during presentations and educational events.
'Supporting talented people and promising projects is one of the Hi-Tech Park's main objectives. HTP companies are increasingly creating products that are used globally. It is always pleasing when Belarusian startups launched from scratch here in the Park receive international recognition. We will continue to support startup projects in the future,' said HTP director Vsevolod Yanchevsky.
An external keyboard is not the only possible application of Clevetura technology. Developers are considering applying their knowledge and ideas to the devices, including laptops.
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About ASBISc Enterprises Plc
ASBISc Enterprises Plc is one of the leading distributors of IT industry products in the emerging markets of Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA): Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltic republics, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and North Africa, combining a wide range geographical operations with a wide portfolio of products distributed in the 'one-stop-shop' model.
ASBISc Enterprises Plc is based in Cyprus and specializes in the distribution of computer hardware and software, mobile solutions, IT components and peripherals, and a wide range of IT products and digital equipment. The Company was established in 1990, currently selling to 60 countries worldwide.
The Group distributes products of many vendors, and manufactures and sells own brands products: Prestigio (smartphones, tablets, external storage, leather-coated USB accessories, GPS devices, Car-DVRs, Multi-boards etc.), Canyon (MP3 players, networking products and other peripheral devices), Perenio ('IoT') and Atlantech (servers, data storage, data center solutions).
ASBIS has subsidiaries in 26 countries, about 1,470 employees and 30,000 customers. In 2018 sales was USD 2.1 billion.
The Company's stock has been listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange since October 2007 under the ticker symbol 'ASB' (ASBIS).
Prestigio is OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) with wide range of prestigious consumer electronics for homes, cars, education and business. Prestigio products - such as smartphones, cell phones, Android and Windows based tablets, notebooks, video recorders, GPS navigators, as well as interactive boards and business solutions are successfully sold in 30 countries around the world.
The production and design centers are located in China and Belarus. Prestigio representative offices operate in 15 countries including CIS, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Clevetura LLC designs innovative technologies for input devices. The company was founded in 2017 in Minsk, Belarus and developed the unique and innovative technology Clevetura. The first product, Prestigio Click&Touch keyboard, is about to enter the production stage in July 2019. The main office is located in Minsk, Belarus with the satellite office in Shenzhen, China. Clevetura LLC is based in the Belarus Hi-Tech Park, gathering the most innovative technical companies in Belarus.
For more information, also visit the Company's website atwww.asbis.com