MKP - The Smart & Versatile Touch Screen Keyboard For All
Master Keys Pro is a smart new all-in-one tool for music, gaming, graphics, CAD, home users & others from beginners to professionals.
MKP - The Smart & Versatile Touch Screen Keyboard For All
Master Keys Pro is a smart new all-in-one tool for music, gaming, graphics, CAD, home users & others from beginners to professionals.
Master Keys Pro (MKP) is a necessary innovation for any software for music production, DJing, game/graphic/web design, software programming, CAD, video editing, animation, gaming, simulators, data entry, basic home use and any other software by adults or children with any level of computer knowledge and skill. It brings huge advantages to any computer user in any industry or just at home.
MKP is the most powerful multifunctional touch screen keyboard available. It has limitless functions for any music, gaming, creative, CAD, design software or home use on PC/Apple for right handed/left handed users.
MKP replaces your standard keyboard/mouse with the MKP touch screen technology which allows you to work in new/more advanced ways and gives you a superior generation of computer interface.
Although MKP keeps all of the current functions of a keyboard, it adds a huge amount of new options for you and it is far faster and easier to use for you every day in a more productive way.
For those of you who use music, game/graphic/web design, CAD, video editing, animation, software programming, simulators and games software especially have many tool/menus on their screen and it obstructs your focus and workflow.
With MKP you can arrange the tools/menus from your software on the MKP screen as you need them, using the existing layout of the software or by creating your own layout, while adding the option to use them by touch.
This frees up space on the main screen as these tools are removed which gives you more free space to work in the same way a second upright screen would. The extra option to use gestures, as the MKP is a touch screen device, to zoom in/out of the tools gives you a more user friendly and productive interface.
If you are one of those people who use music, game/graphic/web design, CAD, video editing, animation, software programming, simulators and games software especially have many keyboard shortcuts to memorize and use which burdens your mind as you have many other things to remember when working.
With MKP you can create an unlimited number of your own templates with any feature/function for any software you need and design the layout on the screen however you want. Then you can save any keyboard shortcuts (Macros) as you want them set to a single button.
This simplifies your workflow and experience so makes it faster and more creative. An unlimited amount of keyboard shortcuts can be set to an unlimited number of single buttons making accessing the tools with a single press very simple.
MKP can show any layout of any set of tools from any software on the screen (using templates) at anytime you need them.
For music production, game/graphic/web design, software programming, CAD, video editing, animation, gaming and simulators users there are so many dedicated keyboards on the market at the moment which are designed to be used with this software. Using several of them for several different bits of software fills the desk (congested table) and means you have to unplug one to plug in another when you change software.
With MKP you get the option to switch templates in a split second which allows you to have instant access to any number of dedicated keyboard layouts by just loading the template needed for the software you are using without any rewiring/extra cost/time. Dedicated keyboards have a set layout and the user has no way to change this.
With MKP the user can follow this standard layout or they can create a template which works better for them. The option to use several layouts saved as templates only adds to the flexibility of MKP and the advantages it offers to you as you work.
For music users the problem is the same if not worse. The amount of MIDI controllers fills the desk and the cost of dedicated MIDI controllers adds up very quickly.
With MKP you get the option to switch templates in a split second which allows instant access to any number of MIDI controllers without any rewiring/patching/spending required.
You can also perform all the tasks of the music production process (recording/editing/mixing/mastering) without the cost of separate dedicated MIDI controllers for each process. You can use buttons/faders/twist knobs/basic keyboard shortcuts on the touch screen for any feature/function of the music production software including full control of VSTi/Plug-ins. MKP makes music software very quick/simple to use in a productive/creative way and is cost effective.
Music users you get other advantages too besides switching the templates and access to any MIDI device.
With MKP you get a powerful live tool which is equally powerful when used in a recording studio with any music production/DJ software, in the same way any other MIDI controller could be used but with the additional advantage of touch screen technology and the templates format.
It may also duplicate the layout of your favorite MIDI controllers that exist already or will exist in the future.
You can simplify your work by using the templates provided or creating your own. MKP can do the job of any number of MIDI controllers from the single device. The cost of purchasing separate devices to fill these requirements would be far more expensive and the space required in your studio adds up very quickly.
MKP helps to reduce the cost of adding, updating and maintaining dedicated keyboards/devices or MIDI controllers as you can create or download new templates for any new requirements at any time you need to for FREE FOREVER.
MKP is a touch screen device and as it is a screen/monitor it is backlit as any monitor would be. This brightness can be set to suit any situation you are in especially when you work or play games in a dark room or if you are a DJ playing music in a club.
As with any monitor the MKP allows you to set the brightness of the display. This setting can be saved with the templates so each template can include the brightness setting for that individual template if needed.
Additionally you can adjust the brightness at any time you need through the menus within our software or even set a keyboard shortcut button function for brightness within your templates.
Graphic/Web/Game Designers, Animators, CAD Users, Software Programmers, Video Editors, Music Producers, Sound Engineers/Designers, Digital Djs, Hardcore Gamers, Simulator Users, Data Entry Staff or just Home Computer Users, Adults to Children, Beginners to Professionals.
Below is a video of the MKP in action with the basics of music production software
Below is a video of the MKP in action with the basics of games
Below is a video of the MKP in action used for typing (QWERTY)
MKP will include a selection of templates in the box for most of the main applications for music, creative, CAD, design software, gaming and home use (PC and Apple). We will include LEFT AND RIGHT HANDED VERSIONS of these where needed.
We will include these templates simply to give you something to use right out of the box so you do not need to start making your own templates in the first minutes. These templates will be editable so allowing the users to customize them to meet any other/additional needs quickly and easily.
There will be many more templates available on the website which are created by us and shared by other users and are ALL FOR FREE, FOREVER.
Users will have all the tools they need to create their own templates for any software right out of the box. We have designed these tools to be as simple to use as possible to allow the users to take full advantage of the MKP and use it in any way they want.
While our software is very simple to use to create anything the users will require it is also designed with developers in mind.
The MKP SDK and API will also be included with the units at no extra cost so allowing developers to start working on their projects right out of the box. This means that everything you need for developing your own projects is provided allowing you to use the MKP in any way you require with no additional cost, downloading or installing required.
We came up with this idea and did the research and development in 2010 but at that time the cost of touch screens for the mass production would not have offered a cost effective product to you (the users) so we put the project on hold and kept our eye on the prices of touch screens.
We spent almost two years designing both the hardware and the software. We have been searching for the most ergonomic design for the hardware and for the best selection of functions for the software.
We have partnered with a company in the US due to their reliability and quality. This company was selected as they specialize in and only makes touch screen hardware so they will perfect the product and the internal wiring while keeping the software within our own team of programmers. They have been guiding us and leading the hardware development side.
Below are the designs for the units as they will be for the final production
Below is a 3D render of the final unit design
Below are some photographs of the prototype
Our prototype does NOT look like the final unit design as it is for screen and software testing ONLY!
We have called this prototype the MKP-UD3
MKP - Master Keys Pro
UD - Ugly Duckling (from the children's story about the ugly baby duckling that grew up to be a beautiful Swan)
3 - Because this is the third prototype to date
PLEASE NOTE – THESE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE THE PROTOTYPE ONLY! The final units will look like the 3D drawing above NOT like this. We are using this prototype unit for screen and software testing ONLY!
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The majority of the funds will be spent on mass production process of the MKP. The remaining funds will be spent on development of the software, certification for the hardware, packaging and distribution.
To ensure that the quality of the hardware and the software reaches the maximum potential and user satisfaction we have already planned the best workflow from and the next new features and functions that will be added.
We will entrust our partner in the US to do the mass production of the MKP as they are a very reliable partner with a rich production experience.
The programmers are trusted to design the MKP software base on their variety of experience within music, graphic, gaming and other software.
All funds put towards the MKP will be devoted to each workflow to ensure that the MKP project is a success.
We now need your help to get MKP out into the market.
Every single unit you buy from us helps us to change to a new generation of computing and to be productive in every field including graphic / web design, CAD, music, gaming, any simulators and also home use.
Please help us reach our target of 4500 units worldwide and hit our first funding goal.
there are 101 lower quality products out there but they ALL come with disadvantages when compared to the MKP. These products are simply inferior to the MKP and won’t offer you the same quality or results in your day to day use.
1) There are companies out there who have similar ideas to us but they’re still far behind our product and results in every aspect because their research and development is very limited. Our understanding of the products requirement are far deeper due to our diverse team and their experience. Our research and development has included industry professionals in every area we intend the MKP to be used so we know our features, functions and design meet your requirement.
2) There are companies out there who are simply trying to duplicate our ideas but their quality, design, cost and specification aspects simply DO NOT MAKE SENSE AT ALL. Their limited screen size restricts the products ability to offer everything you require and in many cases the units are not ergonomically design. The price they offer is so cheap because they have limited features and functions and use low quality manufacturing. (see points 3&4)
3) Some companies are selling their products for less than 300 pounds which can only mean they are using low quality screens and plastic frames and low quality manufacturing. There is no way to get a high quality custom sized screen if the budget is so low and at such small order numbers.
4) Most other products offer you far less features and functions so don’t bring you much of an advantage in your creativity and productivity. They have smaller screens so offering you far less space to work with touch and not offering you the full advantages of adding touch to your work.
5) Many of them are battery powered with limited usage time and no direct USB power so you cannot use them for a full day of work and you cannot expect these products to last several years due to the general wear and tear and average life expectancy of batteries.
6) They have far less key presses per minute which will force you to slow down or not be able to perform some tasks at all and the higher latency will have an effect on your accuracy of work. This applies mainly in the music business but also applies to many other industries.
7) These companies will expect you to pay extra for additional templates / layouts to use their product with other software which we will NEVER do as our website allows users to share templates freely with no restriction and our software is designed from the beginning to allow simple import / export of templates.
8) Many of them are manufactured in places where we all know the quality is far lower than US manufacturing and several of them are running funding at amounts we already know will not cover a high quality screen due to our several years of research and development developing this product.
We need to get the production volumes up in order to get the price down! It's as simple as that.
With your help, we need to:
- Convert our prototype to the actual device ready for mass production
- Get all the appropriate regulatory approvals
- Deliver the fantastic products with even more capability to the backers
- To spread this smart invention to the whole world so everyone can use it for better productivity
Taking functional prototypes all the way to quality retail products is a complex process that requires additional resources, both in capital and manpower. Now that we are at the point where we have proven our various technologies and demonstrated them in public, we have come to Kickstarter to help provide us with the assistance we need to become market-ready.
‘Great music, great graphic, great games and great designs come from great developers!’
MKP is about a lot of things but first and foremost it is about the multifunctional touch screen keyboard/multi touch for anyone who does music, DJ, game/graphic/web design, animation, software programming, data entry, CAD,simulators, gaming or home use, Adults to Children, Beginners to Professionals.
Many people do many different things at the same time, for example a sound designer also does graphic design work as his interest or a job so MKP helps him to perform his job easier and save device costs without reducing the quality of his chosen tools for working.
Our campaign represents the new era in computing for all types of industries. We are giving the advantages to people who need them for any purpose. It is about a smart option to obtain productivity with the advantages given to the working environment such as creating a less cramped workspace on the screen, unlimited keyboard shortcuts to be set as unlimited templates, easy access to any dedicated keyboards & MIDI controllers, all-in-one music production, performing as a live tools or in a recording studio, a backlit monitor and cost saving for any adding, maintaining and upgrading of dedicated keyboards or MIDI controllers.
Overall, we’re so far ahead from our competitors.
It’s time to experience a far better way of computing.
We’ve been working diligently for years. We managed to create our first working prototype and took time to perfect it. We are now fine tuning our design for mass production.
We’ve put a great deal of effort into engineering a very simple and efficient design. We exhaustively tested our prototypes, documenting areas for improvement and systematically refining them. We are very confident in having a solid design.
We’re a multi-disciplinary group with vast experience in all relevant music, graphic/web design, video editing and gaming fields. As part of our progress we have assessed all the challenges and risks which are part of making such a multi industry device. Some of the biggest risks are already behind us. We had to overcome a lot of challenges in order to get to where we are today.
No one wants to see a good idea executed poorly. We’ve worked extremely hard to prepare this product for manufacturing and we’ve worked very hard to de-risk as much as we can before this campaign started. We’ve gone through the highly innovative design for manufacturing. As a result we’re nearly ready to begin manufacturing the first run of MKP.
We’ve learned a lot of lessons over the last 2 years and with your support we’re confident we can build a world class product with the MKP.
The challenges we’re facing now are the ones that are always part of the process of taking a working prototype into mass production. A large capital investment is required in MKP MAINLY for reliable mass production purposes which mean that we’ll deliver a great and high quality product with timely delivery to users.
The good news is our USA based manufacturing partner believes strongly that Master Keys Pro is BETTER THAN the other similar devices and in our vision of making a versatile single device / keyboard for everyone.
Our manufacturing partner will help us not only to achieve the best pricing and highest quality of production for the MKP but also to ensure stock and lead-times are within our production requirements. Our partner has set aside a large volume buffer of stock and factory time to cope with the initial demand from Kickstarter.
All we need is the capital to execute this mass production.
Our programmers are very responsible workaholics with deep creative development knowledge who work on this project alongside their daily tasks. We’ll continue to work hard on fine tuning the quality to ensure the best possible user experience.
Our programming team also has a wide range of experience in the industries which we intend the MKP to be used in. This means they’re not simply designing the software blindly but that they clearly understand the needs of the users, of you and your work, and the results required by you.
They have a lot of experience in delivering complicated projects on time within specifications and our development risk is reduced by having dependable programmers working alongside the first rate manufacturer.
We’re prepared for future challenges which are ahead of us and we’re committed to keeping you informed of our progress in the following months.
There are many challenges ahead in providing a product that is reliable and easy to use. That's why we've been building a crack team of the best programmers around to work on the MKP. We’ve learned a lot from our initial prototypes and we’re working hard to make MKP a future proof device that you’ll use every day.
We pride ourselves on embracing innovative ideas and look forward to seeing MKP become a reality very soon.
We’re very confident that we can deliver what we have proposed!
"Now is the time to be a part of the touch screen keyboard revolution"
Visit the Master Keys Pro website at http://lukeandsiti.com/MKP/ for more information about how MKP Pro will help you in your industry
Risks and challenges
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