Cool Leaf keyboard intros futurist mirror interfaces

One area Japanese manufacturers continue to excel in is that of hardware, perhaps the best recent example embodied in the new Cool Leaf interface devices. Developed by Minebea Co. Ltd. in collaboration with Osaka University's Kazuo Kawasaki, when powered off the surface looks like a mirror.

But when the surface is touched the interface blinks into life and displays the characters that will allow you to manipulate your digital devices. Composed of a half mirror-type film along with a capacitive touch panel, the keyboard repels dirt and dust to bring us all one step closer to that sci-fi PC setup we're all reaching for--vanity meets functionality.

Via Nikkei