Typewriter input, and otherwise

Keyboard (computing)


thread on typewriters as printers
thread on the custom-crafted computer cases veers off into weird keyboards
“steampunk” typewriter-cum-keyboard - in Japananese




lobster-looking kanji thing


This CodingHorror post on typing has a colorful keyboard, pic. Uncredited. must find.....


Stack Overflow: Keyboards for Programmers
Coding Horror: more on keyboards for Programmers, primarily pushing the Microsoft Natural Ergo Keyboard 4000 UPDATE: I bought one of these in Dec, 2009 -- turns out my touch-typing has been “off” for years; I’m learning all over again... nice keyboard, though....


BoingBoing: horrible working conditions for some keyboard-factory employees





Wikipedia:APL_#Character_set (I need some contextual notes on this)



13 strange keyboards



for Space Cadets (aka the Symbolics keyboard)

the multi-bizarre-keyed MIT LISP machine keyboard, in all of its REPL glory:




photo: the LISP machine keyboard - (source)


Symbolics -> Ps2 adapter -> USB adapter. woohoo!
PIC-based symbolics keyboard adapter


Those look SO neat. AND useful....


some close-ups



need to find out more



one-handed keyboards




found via DarkRoastedBlend which has some additional joke oddities, like keyboard-sandals.


Oulipo keyboard

The Oulipo Keyboard is a commonplace computer keyboard—with a twist. A number keys on the keyboard have been rendered inactive—namely, every vowel key except e.


The Oulipo Keyboard is an example of an interface that NIME theorists John Bowers and Phil Archer might call an “infra-instrument”: an existing instrument that has been broken or restricted. It’s the simplest implementation of a New Interface for Textual Expression. The writer must make tactical adjustments to their writing practices in order to compensate for the unexpected affordances of the interface. The resulting text bears the traces of the interface through which it was realized.


The QWERTY Effect: The Keyboards Are Changing Our Language!

Atlantic magazine article
Wired magazine article

    In their first experiment, the researchers analyzed 1,000-word indexes from English, Spanish and Dutch, comparing their perceived positivity with their location on the QWERTY keyboard. The effect was slight but significant: Right-sided words scored more positively than left-sided words.


    With newer words, the correlation was stronger. When the researchers analyzed words coined after the QWERTY keyboard’s invention, they found that right-sided words had more positive associations than left-sided words.


    In another experiment, 800 typists recruited through Amazon.com’s Mechanical Turk service rated whether made-up words felt positive or negative. A QWERTY effect also emerged in those words.


    Jasmin cautioned that words’ literal meanings almost certainly outweigh their QWERTY-inflected associations, and said the study only shows a correlation rather than clear cause-and-effect. Also, while a typist’s left- or right-handedness didn’t seem to matter, Jasmin said there’s not yet enough data to be certain.


All the more reason to go with a Dvorak layout!


Question: how much difference does split, ergonomic keyboard have?




photo: escape at the end of the week


See Also





keyboards hardware input interface



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