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Clove 2 Bluetooth Dataglove For One-Handed Typing

timothy posted more than 6 years ago | from the perhaps-not-best-for-motorcyclists dept.

Hardware Hacking 96

An anonymous reader writes "Clove 2 is a bluetooth dataglove used for one-handed typing. It uses a 31-combination finger-chording design with three modes to allow every key on a standard keyboard to be typed with minimal effort. The bluetooth functionality removes the need to tether it to a computer, and since it profiles as a standard HID Keyboard, a simple translation layer to perform key remapping, sticky modifiers, and mode switching is the only software required. It consists of three components: the glove itself, the bluetooth module, and a custom charger for the Bluetooth module. Video, pictures, and full plans and schematics on the project page." From that page: "Please be advised that the Clove 2 Bluetooth Dataglove is a personal project, not a commercial offering." I hope that gets corrected at some point!

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Cool, but... (2, Interesting)

clang_jangle (975789) | more than 6 years ago | (#24255723)

Watching the video, it does look kind of cool. Reminds me a bit of the Twiddler2, which I sort of admire also. Two things stop me from getting one, though:
(1) If I have to hit more than one button per character that's going to slow me down a lot, and
(2) what about using vi (or any other pro editor)?

Re:Cool, but... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24255789)

How long before Microsoft steals THIS idea?

Re:Cool, but... (1)

KermMartian (707470) | more than 6 years ago | (#24256093)

I'd be pretty disappointed for needing to sue them for stealing my idea. :P Not that one guy would have any chance against Microsoft.

Septambic keyer DIY (4, Informative)

phatvw (996438) | more than 6 years ago | (#24255827)

Hey guys these devices have been around for a while. See Steve Mann's DIY septambic keyer [wearcam.org] project. More info on keyers [wikipedia.org] .

Do any of you remember the Nintendo powerglove [youtube.com] ? Now that was the pinnacle of interface design IMHO!!!

Re:Septambic keyer DIY (5, Funny)

davester666 (731373) | more than 6 years ago | (#24256079)

Particularly if it's a personal project, you should NEVER use "sticky modifiers" with a one-handed glove...

Re:Cool, but... (3, Interesting)

mcbutterbuns (1005301) | more than 6 years ago | (#24255875)

(2) what about using vi (or any other pro editor)?

I doubt this would have very many applications for the general public however this could be VERY useful for people with a disability. I can imagine a quadriplegic (one that doesnt have total paralysis) might be able to find use for this.

Re:Cool, but... (4, Insightful)

fireboy1919 (257783) | more than 6 years ago | (#24256147)

I don't think you understand the beauty of this thing.

One hand for keyboard, and one hand for trackball (or to hold the device). No flat surface required. Heck, if you put a stylus on the finger, you could use it as the *only* input device for internet tablets.

It's the perfect interface for a plane, or when standing in line/close quarters. Data entry for small devices can become fast. Not as fast as an actual keyboard, but approaching 30WPM instead of the wimpy 10 we get with thumbpads.

Re:Cool, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24256995)

"It's the perfect interface for ... when standing in line/close quarters."

I expect it to be very popular with Apple fans then.

Perfect for a plane? (2, Insightful)

cciRRus (889392) | more than 6 years ago | (#24259685)

I'm not sure if Bluetooth tranmissions are allowed on a plane.

Re:Perfect for a plane? (1)

harry666t (1062422) | more than 6 years ago | (#24261021)

I'm not sure either, but WiFi isn't allowed and AFAIK Bluetooth works on the same frequency (2.4Ghz).

Re:Cool, but... (2, Interesting)

myxiplx (906307) | more than 6 years ago | (#24261293)

30wpm? My sister used to have a chord-keyboard on a handheld computer called the Agenda years ago. It was bought for her because she was partially sighted, as a quick way to take notes in classes. The guy who demonstrated it could achieve 130wpm, they are phenominally fast. I was a 100+wpm touch typist at the time, and could nearly match that speed with this thing with a month or so of practice.

Forget typing speed, a good chord based keyboard user can hit speech speeds:
"Many stenotype users can reach 300 words per minute"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chord_keyset [wikipedia.org]

Re:Cool, but... (4, Interesting)

caffeinemessiah (918089) | more than 6 years ago | (#24255973)

If I have to hit more than one button per character that's going to slow me down a lot, and

As someone who plays a musical instruments, this isn't as much of an impediment as it sounds. With time, you might find that its actually more powerful because (a) you're trained to think in terms of multiple keys and (b) you can extend these "chords" to capture complex keystrokes, so you'd actually SAVE time in vi, etc.

I don't know if it would help carpal tunnel, but the flexibility of positioning your hand in any way sure sounds like a neat thing. Plus, you could walk around your office and touch-type, hell you could even use the bathroom and keep typing if you're so inclined.

Re:Cool, but... (1)

JWSmythe (446288) | more than 6 years ago | (#24256157)

Back in the day (like, high school) I played sax like a pro..

    Then again, I can type over 100wpm, so maybe that helped a lot. :)

    People don't quite get the concept of chords. Everything on a sax was a combination of 9 fingers, on even more keys. I don't remember off hand how many there are, but enough to keep you busy. To sound good, you have to get practiced.

    I almost (almost) consider it harder than really playing piano, as far as the fingering goes. I don't mean one-fingering it. I mean complex music, where you're physically tired after playing the piece. :)

    And ya, I played both (and more).

Re:Cool, but... (2, Funny)

LandDolphin (1202876) | more than 6 years ago | (#24256927)

lol It's sad, but his made me laugh:

as far as the fingering goes. I don't mean one-fingering it

Re:Cool, but... (5, Funny)

arosas (904929) | more than 6 years ago | (#24256405)

hell you could even use the bathroom and keep typing if you're so inclined.

as;lkdgasjkd;gasdkjgn;bsavdeqw4;gaieshfFvkzn;xc .... sorry I was wiping.

Re:Cool, but... (3, Interesting)

harry666t (1062422) | more than 6 years ago | (#24261161)

Makes me think about using my electric guitar as an input device... Although it's hard to say how many unique chords could I produce, or if the software could easily distinguish between all of them (but certainly easier than voice recognition!). Hey, but I could switch between lower and upper case by hitting the "distortion" button! :D

My family is gonna kill me, though...

Re:Cool, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24256015)

(2) what about using vi (or any other pro editor)?

I still use vi one-handed...the other is tabbing over to a vi-shortcut window to figure out how the hell to backspace.

Sharks with lasers on their fucking heads (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24256049)

Just think, if you use this with your left hand you can hold your dick in your right hand!!

Re:Cool, but... (2, Informative)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 6 years ago | (#24256051)

If I have to hit more than one button per character that's going to slow me down a lot

No it won't. You hit all the buttons for the character simultaneously, not sequentially. Experts (such as the one I'm about to mention below) can type at least on a Twiddler2 as they can on a QWERTY.

what about using vi (or any other pro editor)?

Thad Starner [gatech.edu] , a pioneer of wearable computing (and on the left in the picture), practically lives in EMACS and uses a Twiddler2 to do so.

Re:Emacs (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 6 years ago | (#24256121)

When did they add a toilet?

Re:Emacs (1)

CustomDesigned (250089) | more than 6 years ago | (#24257645)

About 6 months after the kitchen sink.

Re:Emacs (1)

dotancohen (1015143) | more than 6 years ago | (#24260395)

About 6 months after the kitchen sink.

I'll use Emacs as soon as it gets a decent text editor.

Skiping the glow (2, Informative)

agge (1244568) | more than 6 years ago | (#24256471)

http://www.senseboard.com/index.php [senseboard.com]

Senseboard develops and manufactures a wearable
data entry platform to enable users of mobile
communications systems to effectively input
text or data in practically any environment.

I knew you guys watched a lot of porn... (5, Funny)

Izabael_DaJinn (1231856) | more than 6 years ago | (#24255745)

But I hadn't realized it had become such a problem that someone had to invent a one-handed typing glove.

Re:I knew you guys watched a lot of porn... (3, Informative)

neo8750 (566137) | more than 6 years ago | (#24255777)

When i look at this glove i think of people who have minimal use of there arms or arm.

Re:I knew you guys watched a lot of porn... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24256041)

I hope it comes pre-programmed with macros for things like "Take it off", "Yeah baby, keep doing that", and "I put on my robe and wizard hat".

Re:I knew you guys watched a lot of porn... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24256091)

FTA: "Please be advised that the Clove 2 Bluetooth Dataglove is a personal project..."

(I won't comment about the "sticky modifiers")

Re:I knew you guys watched a lot of porn... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24256095)

FAP FAP FAP hekjrlkwproijewlk;wo9

Re:I knew you guys watched a lot of porn... (1)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 6 years ago | (#24256159)

You don't need hands to watch porn. Cybersex, on the other hand...

Yes. Pun intended.

Re:I knew you guys watched a lot of porn... (1)

Jesus_666 (702802) | more than 6 years ago | (#24256787)

I don't know where you draw that connection from-- wait a second, my download just finished.mmmmm;;;;M,;;;;;;;;M,,,,,,,,,, M,m;;;;;;;;;;;;mmmmm;NBnnnnnnnnnnnnnn;;;;;;;;MB;;;;;;Nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnbn,nMMMM,mnb;N,Nbbbbbbbbbbnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn;Mnmmmmmmmmmmmm,nmbN;

oh boy! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24255753)

This means cybersex will be THAT MUCH EASIER!!!

Just need to figure out how to maximize the potential of my left hand while the right hand is otherwise occupied.

So...um (5, Funny)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 6 years ago | (#24255755)

What am I supposed to do with my other hand, if I may be so bold to ask?

Re:So...um (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24256189)

use it to become a computing preacher : one hand out of view, used to type, the other on the monitor while you say "The power of Christ compels you !" until you have finished typing your program.
This allow you to have bug free code since it was the way god intended it ...

Re:So...um (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24256305)

You operate the mouse with it.

Re:So...um (2, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 6 years ago | (#24256557)

You operate the mouse with it.

Is that what the kids are calling it these days?

Use the other hand to hold the handheld device (2, Insightful)

dfcamara (1268174) | more than 6 years ago | (#24256533)

Handheld devices that need most these alternative to traditional keyboards.

Re:So...um (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 6 years ago | (#24257315)

Keep a tight grip on your mouse.

Re:So...um (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24259951)

paint my house.

Re:So...um (1)

theMatrix777 (1246086) | more than 6 years ago | (#24263029)

What am I supposed to do with my other hand, if I may be so bold to ask?

I know...You could lose it to a disease like I did. That way you only you'd have 1 to worry about.

I think it sounds like a great product for me.With 1(one) hand left that works at about 30%, I'm going to look into it.

Do you want the name of the disease so you too can be like me????

The comments on this one... (1)

Digitus1337 (671442) | more than 6 years ago | (#24255759)

...are going to be all kinds of classy. I'm sure the one-handed typing is for the disabled... yeah, i'm going to stick with that.

A glove (1)

AbbyNormal (216235) | more than 6 years ago | (#24255785)

that only the "Wizard" could love! (Cmon, Late 80's folks, you know what I'm talking about!).

Re:A glove (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24255987)

I put on my robe and wizard hat and glove.

Jackey Vinson approves! (2, Funny)

LrdZombie (70317) | more than 6 years ago | (#24255791)

I love the power clove. It's so bad.

Power Glove (1)

ireallylovelinux (589360) | more than 6 years ago | (#24255813)

But can it control an NES? Is it as bad as the power glove?

Report card (4, Funny)

Dan East (318230) | more than 6 years ago | (#24255815)

Geek Factor: A+
Functionality: B-
Aesthetics: F

Aesthetics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24256117)

Yeah he could have made it uglier, I mean if you are going to make some thing that ugly at least make it really fucking ugly like you meant to do that!

Personally I would have made it look like a zombie hand with replaceable digits that make a sickly sound or flesh falling of the bones...

catch was "Organs"

Re:Aesthetics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24256227)

This thing is only a prototype, it is meant to showcase the functionality, that's why no attention was put to aesthetics. I'm sure the finished product (if it will ever exist) will look much better.

Re:Aesthetics (1)

binarybum (468664) | more than 6 years ago | (#24256579)

that's what people said when Ford released the prototype for the Focus.

Re:Aesthetics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24256725)

The american Focus is ugly yes, but the Focus sold in Europe is very different and not bad looking at all.

Re:Aesthetics (1)

LandDolphin (1202876) | more than 6 years ago | (#24256939)

Too bad it still gets: Aesthetics: F

Re:Aesthetics (1)

Provocateur (133110) | more than 6 years ago | (#24258439)

Marketing had already suggested another thumb on the other side of the glove for lefties, making a total of six fingers for a swiss-army knife approach. Management even suggested their own idea: when the glove is in use, the unused finger can be pliable, and with the proper velcro fastener, we have a cupholder.

Engineering balked at these ideas and offered the simple no-frills glove for the other hand.

Re:Report card (1)

Chabil Ha' (875116) | more than 6 years ago | (#24256279)

oh come on! The bloody thing is a prototype! Anything made from scratch isn't going to look nice.

Now if it were a commercial package, sure, it looks like a POS, but seriously, the guy made everything himself.

I love the power glove! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24256615)

> Aesthetics: F

I love the Power Glove! It's so bad!

The glove is ok, but I want eyephones... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24255891)

That is a pair of Thompson eyephones, not an Apple iPhone.

How is this chording? (1)

niceone (992278) | more than 6 years ago | (#24255937)

How is this chording? I thought a chording system was where you had a few buttons and then each letter was assigned to a number of those buttons you have to press at once to get the letter (just like playing a chord on a piano). This seems to be a system where you make a connection between 2 contacts to make a letter - or did I miss something?

Re:How is this chording? (1)

icegreentea (974342) | more than 6 years ago | (#24256331)

Its close enough that it counts. It counts as chording because everything is a result of a minimal of two 'buttons' (connections). It would be like playing a 31 key keyboard with only your index fingers. Forcing you to make contact may be the only way to make it work, as just making the glove detect deflections in your fingers may be too sensitive... or maybe that's for clove 3.

Re:How is this chording? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24257383)

In my experience (yes, I've played around with this before) you can make contacts that detect simple bending of fingers out of manilla folders and aluminium foil. I was merely trying to make a glove you can use against a surface, and was pleasantly surprised when you could use it in the air, as well. It's cool to see something like this on /., too.

Is that still called "typing"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24255965)

And I usually need two hands - any soft thin input device that I can put around my right nipple area?

Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24256061)

"One-Handed Typing," eh? Is that what you kids are calling it nowadays?

finally :) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24256067)

as a staff member on the personal website of the guy who developed this, I've been following its development for at least a year and a half, and I'd like to heartily congratulate him on a job well done.

Add it to the pile... (1)

gilgongo (57446) | more than 6 years ago | (#24256173)

I've lost count of the number of non-querty input devices and methods I've seen, but none of them have made a dent in usage of the querty keyboard. I suspect this is mainly down to the fact that people just don't want to learn a new system. These guys try to side-step that by saying the glove is for situations in which you can't use a keyboard, but really - is there anything wrong with voice control in most adverse situations? I suppose maybe combat or physical disability, but hmm.

Re:Add it to the pile... (1)

Chabil Ha' (875116) | more than 6 years ago | (#24256329)

I think more than anything, there's no impetus for change. If you lost an arm for xyz reason, sure, this might be a great HID with which to get back in the groove, otherwise, like you say, why bother?

Re:Add it to the pile... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24257701)

qWerty

Where is your W?

I guess you have a DAS KEYBOARD? Check a keyboard with print on the keys some day...

Re:Add it to the pile... (1)

Dan541 (1032000) | more than 6 years ago | (#24258725)

If we are going to learn a new system we should use morse code, not only can we do it with just one button but we can also recive messages by touch quite easily.

Re:Add it to the pile... (2, Interesting)

MightyYar (622222) | more than 6 years ago | (#24261057)

And it is faster than trying to enter text on a phone keypad...

Jay Leno did it [youtube.com]
And a more impressive win... [engadget.com]

Laperb m.w er frg dak. abf Ipaf LrglrbZ (1)

strelitsa (724743) | more than 6 years ago | (#24256223)

Now the inventor of the Dvorak keyboard will have some company in Gazillionaire Land.

Re:Laperb m.w er frg dak. abf Ipaf LrglrbZ (1)

strabes (1075839) | more than 6 years ago | (#24256291)

Dr. August Dvorak is a beast. I love using the dvorak layout.

Frogpad? (3, Interesting)

strabes (1075839) | more than 6 years ago | (#24256275)

I would think the frogpad [frogpad.com] has already more efficiently implemented a one-handed typing solution that doesn't require a glove.

Re:Frogpad? (2, Funny)

AaxelB (1034884) | more than 6 years ago | (#24256361)

Hah! That picture [frogpad.com] is hilarious, though maybe that's just after reading all the "what do you do with the other hand?" jokes made so far.

Re:Frogpad? (1)

ps (21245) | more than 6 years ago | (#24256825)

You ever used a FrogPad? I've got one here, and while it can be used, it's not laid out well enough to use regularly. The idea is wonderful. If they would just move the keys a little more ergonomically so it's not such a stretch to hit the keys with the pinkie, I'd love it. As it is, I eventually gave up.

ps

SlashCache please! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24256285)

The page is allready slashdotted, why don't you create some cache for linked articles, in most cases it contain few kb of text, it wouldn't be a problem....

Re:SlashCache please! (1)

Dan541 (1032000) | more than 6 years ago | (#24258789)

most people don't RTFA,

Why not copy the whole article onto slashdot? that would reduce the load on linked sites dramatically.

Why does this remind me of... (1)

fcf_il (1329055) | more than 6 years ago | (#24256421)

The Power Glove [wikipedia.org] ?!?!?! Makes me want to go and beat up Fred Savage for some reason, and make a lot of inappropriate 80s references...

Please develop an optimal solution (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24256499)

I'm using a twiddler2 to type this. It is great for coding especially since you don't need to speedtype. This data glove misses the point. Look at how far his fingers have to move, mine barely have to move to type. But here's the most important part... mouse! I can do EVERYTHING with my left hand, which is great because my righty gets irritated fast from way too many years using a mouse and typing hard with no breaks.

Here's the problem though, the twiddler sucks! I love it except it breaks every month and they need to send me a new one. That was sorta okay for awhile, but now some supplier stopped making a component and I am using a broken one because they're out. Also the form is not contoured enough. It is okay, but they could redesign it to fit the human hand much better.

Look, keyboards suck, and lots of hackers now have RSI. So we need a real solution, now. Please someone take the idea of the twiddler2 and make it better? But unlike this glove, you need to design it to have the smallest requirement of hand movement possible, and use one hand to do both keys and mouse. The twiddler2 is sooooo close to being amazing. But it needs some actual research and design of a large corporation not some garage operation.

Logitech, Microsoft, someone... please wake up and produce this. I'll pay $2,000 for one if it had a 10-year replacement warranty.

Also, every time I post Anonymously I never get anyone seeing what I write. So please mod this up if you can, I don't have an account, I just like to read the site.

Re:Please develop an optimal solution (3, Interesting)

Russ Nelson (33911) | more than 6 years ago | (#24256971)

I'll pay $2,000 for one if it had a 10-year replacement warranty.

I'll sell you one of these http://blog.russnelson.com/chordite [russnelson.com] for $2,000 with a 10-year replacement warranty.

Re:Please develop an optimal solution (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24257099)

Looks like it has potential. Make it pretty and manufacture it.

Re:Please develop an optimal solution (1)

Russ Nelson (33911) | more than 6 years ago | (#24258637)

Well, the big problem is that it needs to fit better than a glove. Plus you have left and right handed versions. I can just imagine persuading Best Buy to stock ten different versions of the keyboard. NOT! I need the keyboard to be both flexible and solid, movable and stable.

Re:Please develop an optimal solution (1)

heson (915298) | more than 6 years ago | (#24262157)

You got the ideas perfect. Use a softer bendable skeleton thet the user surrounds with hard foam, cernit clay (proper electronics will survive the baking) or similar for personal customization.

16/f/Cali (0, Offtopic)

pikakilla (775788) | more than 6 years ago | (#24256527)

ASL?

Re:16/f/Cali (1)

Russ Nelson (33911) | more than 6 years ago | (#24259593)

No, it's not American Sign Language. It uses a special gesture system, dictated by the location of the pairs of key paids that need to make contact. Has nothing to do with American Sign Language.

Finally (1)

ypctx (1324269) | more than 6 years ago | (#24256959)

Finally we can IRC while coding! (by using 2 of these gloves)

Using Tools Instead of Empty Gestures (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 6 years ago | (#24257749)

Humans are very dextrous and expressive tool users. Our brains excel at feedback with an object we manipulate, especially with our hands, to get what's on our minds out there in the world.

We're not nearly as good at just waving our hands, with nothing in them, to communicate, as we are at flapping our lips. Our hand gestures are much more precise and accurate when they've got something to feel moving with or against them. So I expect that these gloves will not nearly compete with decent keyboards for productivity.

Except that the gloves can signal more than a single letter at a time, in more complex gestures. If keyboards could recognize those macros in a more complex language, the keyboard would blast ahead again.

Apple's multitouch is just that chance for complex gestures. A keyboard and a multitouch screen, or a keyboard that can be twiddled like a multitouch screen and a plain multitouch screen, are probably the most productive input devices that aren't sharply limited like joysticks.

Now, if these gloves had real force feedback and texture, so the hands could work against and within the gloves, then maybe they'd compete well with other objects that we manipulate with our hands, instead of empty gestures. But they'd still probably be even better if we could hold or touch a real, interactive object with our hands inside those gloves.

Unrelated, but the headline reminds me ... (1)

ubrgeek (679399) | more than 6 years ago | (#24258817)

... of a time I was speaking in front of a group of magazine publishers. They were worried about the effect of the Internet on their print publications and if there were subscription models for their Web sites that might work. I said that, at the time, there were two primary examples of subscription models for traditional print publications: WSJ.com and Playboy.com and that Playboy's model has been so successful that they were able to cut back on their print run. Then I paused and said, "Playboy.com ... the sound of one hand typing ..." Half of the room laughed. The other half looked veeerrrrry uncomfortable ;)

Partially Genius (1)

meburke (736645) | more than 6 years ago | (#24258875)

The next part is to make a teaching program so easy everyone can do it.

This reminds me of a device from back in the late '70's called the "Write-hander" which looked a little bit like a mouse with buttons under the fingers and some mode switches under the thumb. It was a pretty good solution for people limited to one hand typing (amputations, paralyis, etc..), but it lacked durability and was harder to learn than the conventional keyboard.

I hope something like this gets more useful over the years.

Gimme mah grill, fool! (1)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 6 years ago | (#24259075)

Cool idea, but it still takes on hand to type. Gimme a grill [jezebel.com] I can type with from the tip of the tongue.

Although at this point if you're gonna use your mouth to type text you might as well go with speech-recognition, however you could use that for when you can't speak (a trooper trying to be silent, a kid at school txting) or when the environment is too noisy.

Clove 2 guy, rob da electronics store n make yaself a grill! (sorry, I had to)

how the heck do you do... (1)

advocate_one (662832) | more than 6 years ago | (#24260797)

Ctrl Alt Del simultaneously???

Re:how the heck do you do... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24261553)

Type Ctrl, Type Alt, Type Delete. Three chords in succession, hence "sticky modifiers".

MIDI Gloves (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24262165)

I'm reminded of Steve Hoggarth, lead singer of Marillion, who had a pair of MIDI gloves [kentonuk.com] . These allowed for small keyboard parts to be played on any surface, like a sheet of glass [youtube.com] or a bandmate's shoulder. later on he gave up the gloves and started playing a cricket bat [youtube.com] instead.

Charles Moore was had one of these 20 years ago (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24264407)

The inventor of the Forth programming language was using one of these 20 years ago -- maybe more. His was better than this.

JM

Like in the movie "Children of Men" (1)

Optic7 (688717) | more than 6 years ago | (#24264827)

There's a scene in the beginning of the movie where a kid uses something very similar to this with his tiny portable computer/communications device.

my god what a bunch of know it alls (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24275781)

The comments above exhibit one of the many wonderful things about alternative keyboards; absolutely everyone is an expert on them.

Experience? Don't need it! Everything looks exactly like everything else? No problem! Myopic? All the better! Sit right down and tell us how it really is.

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