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"By the time I can take people out to where Hubble is looking, they won't be human anymore, by a long way."
- Larry Niven

Virtual Keyboard  
  A keyboard that appears at the right moment in game play.  

As Charles Forrester watches the virtual reality video game, the boy participates avidly in the illusion with his sister, Tunt.

A harsh male voice rasped. "Tractor ship Gimmel! Your wingmate has an engine malfunction! Prepare to lock, grapple and evacuate crew!"

"Are!" cried the boy. "Start search procedures, Tunt! Keep a watch, Charles!" His hands flashed over the keyboard - it had not been there a moment before, but it was operative; when he energized a circuit, their make-believe ship responded. He put it through a turn; the "virtual" sunship heeled sharply and sped through fountains of flaming gas.

From The Age of The Pussyfoot, by Frederik Pohl.
Published by Ballantine in 1966
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Note also the use of the phrase "'virtual' sunship"; this is a very early use of the idea of a virtual reality setup.

See this virtual piano keyboard, an example of a projected keyboard that works when you use your fingers to manipulate the keys.

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