[ExI] Alternative human keyboard interfaces

Bryan Bishop kanzure at gmail.com
Fri Jun 5 14:07:26 UTC 2009

Hi all,

Sometime in 2005 I started on a project so that I could just carry a
keyboard around everywhere attached to some simple microcontroller and
flashcard reader thing, although I didn't go anywhere with that.
Anyway, here's a small archive of alternative keyboard interfaces that
I am aware of- I find the DataHand particularly odd, and am wondering
if anyone knows of any other devices that are interesting or worthy of
consideration. Are there alternative keyboard interfaces that go
beyond 150 wpm? I can't seem to get more than 150 wpm on QWERTY,
although I have heard high claims for dvorak, even though some
individuals seem to just change the key mappings for a QWERTY and call
it dvorak.


Some of the images there are really open hardware packages (one had a
GPL license even), so it's not all work-for-nothing. One of the
problems with the chorded keyboards is that, as a programmer, I need
more unusual keys more frequently than other people need them- so I
can't be using ridiculous combinations just for a semicolon or one of
the slashes or carrot characters, etc. etc.

Maybe someone has already figured out an optimal solution to this for
chorded or even non-chorded keyboards?

- Bryan
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