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post Aug 15 2006, 03:58 AM
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i am intrested in what you would like to see in the keyboard

some things i would like:
lots of shortcut keys: i do alot of VT switching and have them bound for that
Backlit: with one or two colors
Laptop like keys: keys simmilar to a laptop rather than the hard button cxx00 or membrane
dvorak layout as well as qwerty: perhaps printed on the same keyboard layout to reduce variations

one idea that i have had )not sure how much you will like it) is to use a corded aproch where a letter is made up of 1 or more button pushes (common keys are one button, less common are two or more buttons pushed at the same time)

the advantage is that you could have full sized keys and it should help with some anoying key combos (try doing a ctrl+c without sticky keys on a cxx00), the problems however are that you would need to learn a new keyboard, maximum typing speed is slowed down slightly

i will of course not be shiping it unless its specified but i belive that one or two people may be intrested, mainly those who are into wearable computers, with a screen rotation it would allow you to have your computer and your keyer in one

any other proposals, normal or otherwise, for the keyboard
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post Nov 23 2006, 10:10 PM
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- I've already mentioned I like Psion keyboards. (grin) A good compromise between key travel, typability, mechanical strength, and size.
- Stowaway keyboards are very nice as will. Wifey has one for her Treo that she just loves. If something like that were employed it could be acceptable, but I'd still lean towards a Psion or Psion-like keyboard because it's all one piece, and less likely to give trouble over time.
- Backlighting would be seriously cool. I wish Hiro had backlighting. I often tilt the screen towards the keyboard to type in the dark. (chuckle) I agree it should have a dimmer as well. Wifey's Treo has a lighted keyboard that's outright painful to behold in full dark.
- I also like the larger Enter key, but that could be a real issue with keyboard real estate at a premium.

- On a different note, in college I had an HP-41C that I paid $400 for, when a pair of them were the backup orbital insertion computers on the space shuttle. The first winter I owned it, I was driving home from college in upper Michigan, and it was seriously cold. When I got home and pulled the calculator from my luggage in the trunk, there were ice crystals on the display, and when I tried to turn it on, it only emitted baleful squeaks and then fell silent. Since it normally didn't make a peep on power-up, and it looked completely dead, I freaked. But as luck would have it, I popped the batteries and let it warm up over night and alles war gut. Whew! After that the 41C always rode in the passenger compartment!
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Da_Blitz   Keyboards   Aug 15 2006, 03:58 AM
daniel3000   Hello Da_Blitz. some thoughts about this from som...   Aug 15 2006, 06:31 AM
kurochka   A backlit keyboard would be awesome. I would agre...   Aug 15 2006, 02:19 PM
uMP2k   Another vote for sticking to the qwerty layout. A...   Aug 15 2006, 04:38 PM
Da_Blitz   i think you seem to be missing the point about the...   Aug 16 2006, 03:49 AM
Drake01   QUOTE(Da_Blitz @ Aug 16 2006, 06:49 AM)i thin...   Aug 16 2006, 04:54 PM
Da_Blitz   the idea is that it replaces the normal keyboard, ...   Aug 16 2006, 08:04 PM
Da_Blitz   there is one advantage to this type of design, one...   Aug 22 2006, 02:14 AM
Ferret-Simpson   But aren't Large flat batteries rarer and more...   Aug 23 2006, 03:17 AM
nevarrie   QUOTE(Da_Blitz @ Aug 15 2006, 05:58 AM)one id...   Aug 23 2006, 09:21 AM
adf   if you start using a frogpad would you mind giving...   Aug 23 2006, 09:26 AM
nevarrie   QUOTE(adf @ Aug 23 2006, 11:26 AM)if you star...   Aug 24 2006, 06:13 AM
Ferret-Simpson   12 years of Qwerty training. You MIGHT get me on D...   Aug 23 2006, 02:11 PM
craigtyson   What about a slip on / snap in overlay with differ...   Aug 23 2006, 03:48 PM
J B Nimble   Looks like I am too late to the game on this one. ...   Aug 23 2006, 10:10 PM
Ferret-Simpson   hey, I'm the opposite of a touch typist usuall...   Aug 24 2006, 06:52 AM
Da_Blitz   actually what i proposed was 2 frogpads (2 x 1/2 p...   Aug 24 2006, 07:24 AM
morrijr   QUOTE(Da_Blitz @ Aug 24 2006, 03:24 PM)i have...   Sep 10 2006, 11:49 PM
zmiq2   just found this provider http://www.storm-interfa...   Sep 10 2006, 01:10 PM
adf   durable and useable. Backilghting a definite plus...   Sep 10 2006, 05:58 PM
Da_Blitz   not really what i was looking for, the providers w...   Sep 10 2006, 11:55 PM
morrijr   I have to admit, a fold out keyboard isn't hig...   Sep 11 2006, 04:13 AM
BarryW   QUOTE(morrijr @ Sep 11 2006, 03:13 AM)I have ...   Sep 11 2006, 09:30 AM
Ferret-Simpson   Again on the Failure point. It's not worth it....   Sep 11 2006, 01:00 PM
Da_Blitz   ferret simpson, i dont fully understand what you m...   Sep 12 2006, 02:35 AM
adf   QUOTE(Da_Blitz @ Sep 12 2006, 10:35 AM)ferret...   Sep 12 2006, 09:31 AM
Ferret-Simpson   Internal. Stuck in. Doesn't do "Out...   Sep 12 2006, 12:07 PM
systemparadox   I'm very much open to a completely different s...   Sep 13 2006, 12:45 PM
Da_Blitz   good point about the enter at the moment if you d...   Sep 14 2006, 02:56 AM
Da_Blitz   looks like someone partially stole my idea http:/...   Nov 7 2006, 03:15 AM
chiark   Very, very neat - though I think the join could be...   Nov 7 2006, 09:17 AM
Da_Blitz   very true, i have aproblem with the split keyboard...   Nov 8 2006, 01:49 AM
cycle_55   QUOTE(Da_Blitz @ Aug 15 2006, 03:58 AM)i am i...   Nov 17 2006, 06:24 PM
Da_Blitz   might have to track one of them down. actually my ...   Nov 17 2006, 10:25 PM
cycle_55   QUOTE(Da_Blitz @ Nov 17 2006, 10:25 PM)might ...   Nov 18 2006, 09:33 AM
Ragnorok   - I've already mentioned I like Psion keyboard...   Nov 23 2006, 10:10 PM
Da_Blitz   http://www.patentmonkey.com/pm/patentid/7221330.as...   May 25 2007, 03:07 AM
Ragnorok   - Looks cumbersome imho (shrug)...   Jun 13 2007, 04:49 PM

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