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One Handed Computing

FortKnox (169099) writes | more than 10 years ago

User Journal 8

Get yer mind outta the gutter, bethanie... I'm refering to the one handed keyboard. Your supposed to be able to type a lot easier (and faster). Supposedly intuitive and simple to learn quickly. Anyone tried this before?Get yer mind outta the gutter, bethanie... I'm refering to the one handed keyboard. Your supposed to be able to type a lot easier (and faster). Supposedly intuitive and simple to learn quickly. Anyone tried this before?

If so, how well does it work? Can you code with it just as effective as you can type with it?

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I've been typing one handed for the last 3 weeks (1)

Abm0raz (668337) | more than 10 years ago | (#9708212)

... but that's cause I have a abroken wrist. I get the splint off on Tuesday. YAY!

-Ab

What gutter?? (1)

bethanie (675210) | more than 10 years ago | (#9708224)

I was just thinking about nursing & typing at the same time -- I'm doing it right now, as a matter of fact.

Why?? What were YOU thinking, FK?

....Bethanie....

What I'd like to know... (1)

GeckoFood (585211) | more than 10 years ago | (#9708233)

...is how it registers each keystroke properly. Does it work like a telephone, where you hit a key a certain number of times to get the letter you want, or do you press the corners of the keys to get the right letter? That wasn't clear (to me, anyway) in the link.

Re:What I'd like to know... (1)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 10 years ago | (#9708326)

I looked at the FrogPad site and they say it is not chorded and you never hit more than 2 keys at a time. Looking at it, it may be what you say about where you hit certain keys. Then I'd guess maybe you switch modes- looks like there are LEDs across the top to indicate ctrl, shift, etc. I think the speed comes from the fact that the most commonly used keys are available immediately and the only characters that require extra steps are the ones you don't use much anyway.

Double barrel? (1)

VisorGuy (548245) | more than 10 years ago | (#9709382)

I'd like to know if you can use two of them simultaneously to double your typing speed...

If so, I could conceivably hit 200 WPM.

Never seen it (1)

Oculus Habent (562837) | more than 10 years ago | (#9709503)

But the concept looks interesting.
The training [frogpad.com] offers good insight into the use. It looks [frogpad.com] pretty straighforward.

I wonder if it or the Twiddler [handykey.com] is more ergonomic?
They're about the same price.

Re:Never seen it (1)

kesuki (321456) | more than 10 years ago | (#9728818)

repetitive strain is made worse by 1 handed keyboards... as keystrokes your right hand would otherwise do are now being done exclusively by your left (or vice versa) and the typing only hand is always the first to go to carpel tunnel. because it's movent pattern is less divirse than they mousing hand... which can go from keyboard to mouse a lot, making it's movements less repetitive, and thus less straining...

why pay $160 for a glorified 10-key keyboard... (1)

kesuki (321456) | more than 10 years ago | (#9728800)

ok, so it's got it's little mode+shift buttons and is actually a 15 key layout... but with a little custom keymapping a standard data entry keyboard can be remapped to emulate the frog... too bad actual data entry keyyboards cost $60 so if you're gonna remap you may as well use a $5 107 key keyboard, and figure out a remapping layout that allows you to use a single hand to type every characther you use (and you can include ones not normal to a 107 key keyboard)
the problem with the one handed keyboard is that all the geeks it might appeal to can almost asuredly make a standard keyboard operable with a single hand, and touch type with thier remapped layout, and for true hunt and peck users, it's too complicated and too expensive to really seem wprth trying. It also would have a negative imapct on RSI injuries, because the repetitive nature of toggling the shift modes, etc and the shorter distance betweeen keys, will esentially make keystrokes more repetitive than on a qwerty layout.
Personally I'd rather have a folding out full sized keyboard for use for portable data entry, than try to learn a new key layout, and have to switch between it and normal keyboards all the time. also, i wear off the letters on a mormal keyboard on average about every 6 months (if i were to purchase a new keyboard every 6 months) so this keyboard, would probabbly be lucky if the letters were readable after a month. making it useless, because of all the custom keys one would need to have commited to memory.
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