Keyboard knows when you're around

Microsoft's new wireless keyboard has built-in sensors

If nothing else, this item is noteworthy because so few people seem willing to admit publicly that they like anything Microsoft has done these days.

In examining the guts of this new wireless keyboard, Slashgear notes that Microsoft built it with three Synaptics "capacitive sensing modules." Translation: It senses when you're nearby, allowing it to automatically do things like switch from standby to active modes. The thin, backlit Bluetooth keyboard and mouse are also rechargeable.

Slashgear, already a fan of Synaptics products, notes that Gizmodo took the keyboard for an exclusive spin and generally gave it a thumbs-up, despite its slightly $250 tag. Let's just be thankful that Microsoft didn't put it on the same product schedule as Vista.

(Photo: Microsoft)