Saturday, July 7, 2007

The Top 10 Weirdest Keyboards Ever

1. The Tidy Tippist
The keyboard is hidden inside a decorative, washable tablecloth. The electronic is woven into a fabric, which finds itself between layers of water resistant felt as sandwich material. The soft felt surface makes it a pleasure for fingers to tip - a cosy keyboard.

2. The Datahand
This product is aimed for people who get pain in their hands from typing with a traditional keyboard - and that’s a good thing. It’s still looks like a very strange keyboard.

3. The Orbitouch
The orbiTouch creates a keystroke when you slide the two domes into one of their eight respective positions. You type the different characters by sliding the domes to create letters and numbers. The orbiTouch also has an integrated mouse, so moving the domes gives you full mouse and keyboard capability!
The target group for this keyboard is of course people who have limited or no motion in their fingers or hands, and that’s a very good thing - but anyway, it’s a weird keyboard.

4. The Twiddler 2
What do you say about the Twiddler 2? It looks to be quite painful to use, or what do you think? According to the testimonials at their site, it will take you a weekend to learn typing 30 words per minute, so the frogpad wins that round. The Twiddler actually reminds me of those guitar classes I took when I was a young boy.

5. The frogpad
The frogpad is a tiny, tiny keyboard - or it would be more suitable to call it a keypad actually. The manufacturer say that you can get up to 40 words per minute if you practice between 6 to 10 hours with it.

6. Virtual Laser Keyboard
Wow, it’s heating up, don’t you agree? This is more cool than weird though. This laser gadget projects a virtual keyboard on a table or other suitable material, and then interpret your finger movement and pass them on to your PDA or whatever you have it connected to.

7. The SafeType keyboard
Just take a look at this one. Do you understand how to use it? The idea is that your hands and arms shall be in a more relaxed position while working with the SafeType compared to a traditional keyboard.
However, if you have a low tolerance for frustration (and learning to type in a new manner can be frustrating) then your best bet is to stay flat and stick with a keyboard that’s a little more common.

8. Maltron 3D Ergonomic Keyboard
Things are starting to get a bit more weird, ey? Getting used to this keyboard isn’t something you’ll do in 10 minutes or so - it will take a while for sure. But if you have medical problems with your hands, this might be a good choice since it’s a very ergonomic keyboard. It looks very weird though!

9. The wrist keyboard
This one might be useful if you’re in the need to type stuff while doing practical work in tough climates - but if you would wear this keyboard at the office, you might be considered a bit geeky.

10. Roll-up keyboard
This keyboard has the same measurements as a standard 102-key keyboard, but there’s a big difference. You can roll this one up and put it in your pocket.

Fosfor gadgets presents the 10 weirdest keyboards ever. What makes me laugh is that the companies that have designed these wacky looking keyboards have convinced themselves that they actually work and are going to sell well. The regular keyboard will be around forever. It's cheap and easy to use.

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