January 14, 2008
Fun with Keyboards
Posted by scott at January 14, 2008 02:24 PM
In my own life, "ergonomic" keyboards are literally a pain. I do, however, think some of the flat ones are pretty interesting. The laser-projected system is especially interesting (if it works), because it opens up a whole new avenue in user interface design. As the sole system designer for a seething cat herd of little old ladies and social work majors, anything that gives me more UI options is a Good Thing.
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I've tried those before (the joys of being stuck in the airport for 7 hours waiting for your flight to be cancelled - Boston sucks).
My opinion of them is pretty low. We're used to some sort of tactile sense telling us that we've hit a key. With them, they might not recognize what you're typing due to holding your hands in an odd way. You also can't rest your fingers on the table easily.
But the ergonomic one that I bought (mildly split) works very well. Took about a day's worth of surfing and posting to get used to it, but I do like it.
Personally, I can't wait until I get set up enough to start using it again.