DailyDirt: Better Keyboards

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Keyboards are one of the fastest and most accurate ways to input text into a digital device. Sure, you could argue that speech recognition has beaten a txting champion (Ben Cook in 2006), but the more common experience with speech recognition is far from perfect dictation results. Early keyboards used some relatively complex mechanical designs to achieve a nice tactile feel and accurate input — replaced by various iterations of keyboard improvements to become thinner and lighter and more (or less) clicky-sounding. Here are just a few more attempts to make better keyboards.

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John Fenderson (profile) says:

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“I’m totally interested in keyboard improvements and such for mobile and portable devices”

Me too. So far, however, the only improvement that I really long for is an actual, physical keyboard. Those on-screen ones just totally blow. The shape-shifting business to add tactile feedback might be an improvement, but it still wouldn’t come remotely close to a physical keyboard.

“there is nothing better than a classic IBM Model M.”

Best keyboard ever. I still marvel at how when it comes to keyboard technology, it’s been nothing but downhill from there.

Paul Renault (profile) says:

A hard non-tactile surface as a keyboard?

Thanks, but no.

My fingertips ache just thinking about tapping on a hard surface at 40 wpm (that’s rapping a desk surface about three times a second). These guys must be bible-method typists.

And with no tactile feedback?

Engineers spend a lot of time and effort to provide tactile feedback. In the seventies, a lot of effort was put into photographic cameras so that the user could feel the point where, if the pressed the shutter down ‘just a hair’, the camera would shoot.

Likewise, for keyboards. There’s a reason that these schemes keep failing. The public really doesn’t want them.

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