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    Revolutionary Keyboard Overhaul Idea

    • Started by NeoMenlo
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    • Registered: 05-Oct-2006
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    I would like to hear all of your opinions on my plan.
    To the moderators: This is, in fact, an original work (at least, to my knowledge), so I do own the copyright.

    *This all started because I tried Dvorak for about 1 hour, until I got bored and tried going online. I quickly realized that I couldn't use the copy and paste, which was unacceptable. I tried Colemak instead, because of that, but I got about 5 days into it and I got discouraged because I was stuck at 10 WPM. I sincerely wish that I had enough time to practice it and get good at it. I really want my typing speed to get above 60. That’s all irrelevant now.*

    You guys are defiantly on the right track with your project, but I think it’s impractical for a lot of people. I think that there are more people out there than you realize that want to switch, but don't have the time; myself included. This can be overcome by reducing the learning period. My idea is to keep the QWERTY layout, but give each button 4 states: an up, a down, an "in", and an off/out state. The home row, would have all of the letters. The "in" state would have the home row letters. The up state would take all of the letters above the home row. The down state would have all the letters below the home row. For Example:
    In: a
    Up: q
    Down: z

    Or

    In: s
    Up: w
    Down: x

    I have a rough draft layout that features extreme details, which would take chapters to explain in words.

    http://www.neomenlo.org/images/Inventio … cation.png

    I bring my idea here, because I don't think that there are any more experienced and knowledgeable keyboard specialists in the world. In other words, I want to know from the best how to improve it, and how practical it is.

    Thanks so much for listening!

    *Edit: I have actually talked to Shai, and I figured out what I did wrong. I am currently re-learning the Colemak layout. I'm currently very suprized at how easy it was to get back to where I was at previously; even though its been almost more than a year!

    Last edited by NeoMenlo (08-Oct-2006 01:45:54)
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    • Registered: 30-Aug-2006
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    Isn't this what the Datahand does?

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    Before you mentioned it, I had never seen it before, but after looking at it, I believe the answer is no. It is very close and very well developed, but it is also VERY expensive (500$). I cannot say for certain, but i think that this version could be manufactured for about 100$. Aside from the price difference, there are several very different features. The biggest of the differences it the actual key construction. They claim to have some kind of magnetic membrane (whatever that means), but i was thinking just use a conventional one, since the decrease in motion should be enough to coax ergonomic users. Also, the keyboard I suggest here is actually moving the keys up and down. What they have looks to be like a series of four walls around each finger. Which is far different than each key actually moving up and down. Think of my version as a standard thumb stick for a video game console, which only moves up and down, as well as in. The up and down would be non-gradient, instead having a definite click and on/off state. Their version also what appears to be a tracker ball for each index finger for a mouse. I wasn't thinking I would even put a mouse in it, but if I did this is still way different than what I had planed. If anything, I was thinking of separating the right and left hand physically, and have the right piece function as a mouse; moving around like a standard one.

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