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A keyless keyboard? June 2, 2006

Posted by Amanda in A Better Mouse Trap.

I’ve spent a lot of time surfing the internet lately, and I’m always interested in new products for disabilities because the son of one of my closest friends has cerebral palsy. Although this is too complex for him to manage, it could be useful for many people with disabilities out there.

“The orbiTouch is the first ergonomically designed, fully functional keyless keyboard with an integrated mouse. The patented design eliminates finger motion and significantly reduces wrist motion — two major causes of typing discomfort and pain.” What they don’t say is that it still requires a lot of arm movement and it seems like it would be a rather slow typing device (I haven’t tried it, so this has yet to be seen)It’s great that there are people out there who are constantly trying to develop the next best thing. I’m sure this product will help a lot of people, There are a couple downsides though. First, it’s not available for MACs, though they say there’s one in development for them. Not everyone uses Pc’s anymore, but you wouldn’t be able to tell it by looking at most programs.

Secondly, it costs $400, which is quite a chunk of change to buy it for a handicapped child. I’m not sure if grants and funding would be available for it. However, if it allowed you to earn a livelyhood despite your chronic injury or handicap, it may be worth it.

To check it out, just go to: http://www.keybowl.com/ They have a pretty cool demo that shows you how it works.

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1. Jim - June 14, 2006

Cool! But they look like defibrillators…

2. Amanda - June 17, 2006

Hehe, I didn’t think of that, but they do kinda, don’t they.

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