Google Japan continues to develop the Gboard keyboard with new features. By 2023, they plan to introduce the Gboard CAPS, a keyboard in the form of a helmet that allows users to design their own DIY designs.
According to Google, the main goal of the Gboard CAPS is to provide a portable keyboard that can be easily carried around. However, holding a keyboard in your hand can be inconvenient, so placing it on your head is the solution.
The working mechanism of the Gboard CAPS is simple. Users just need to turn their head towards the desired letter position on the helmet and press down to switch to that letter. With this basic mechanism, users have the freedom to design their own helmet according to their preferences.
Interested individuals can develop their own Gboard CAPS using electronic components and a 3D printer, as detailed in the GitHub repository. The helmet construction follows the specifications provided.
By now, it’s safe to assume that this is Google Japan’s annual prank related to Gboard. They have been playing with Gboard every year, from finger-dragging keyboards to spoon-shaped keyboards, teacup keyboards, and last year’s single-row keyboard. Google Japan stopped releasing annual pranks on April 1st since the COVID-19 pandemic. However, they never cease to develop new products and chose to introduce them on October 1st instead, as “101” corresponds to the standard 101-key keyboard layout.
TLDR: Google Japan is developing a new version of Gboard called Gboard CAPS, which is a helmet-shaped keyboard that allows users to design their own DIY helmets. By turning their head, users can select the desired letter to type. The specifications for creating the helmet can be found on GitHub. Although Google Japan no longer releases pranks on April 1st due to the pandemic, they continue to innovate and launch products, with the introduction of Gboard CAPS on October 1st.