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Additional sources of information related to alternative keyboards.  Some of these will be moved to the other keyboard sections over time.

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A $14 "ergo" keyboard from surplus parts  
or "stupid nerd hacks"....
After suffering symptoms of an RSI, I investigated "ergo" keyboards. It turns out that an "ergo" stamp is an excuse to charge truly absurd amounts of money of very common equipment. I also found that no one had quite what I wanted--a keyboard which allowed my wrists and arms to be in their relaxed positions, i.e. at my sides. What I imagined was, basically, a saddle-bag keyboard. This in mind, I visited a surplus computer parts store, and bought two keyboards for $7/each and then took a jig saw to one of them--I can now report that it is possible to cut pc board in two with a jig saw and still have a functional circuit. :) I used the IDE plugs from a fried motherboard, and a spare IDE cable (which came with the last hard drive I purchased) to wire the two halves together.

Wlonk Chording Keyboard
The Wlonk is a chording device with only ten "keys" (they are actually buttons or pads, very different from the keys on keyboards). The user's fingers never leave these pads -- there is no "leaping and hurdling" -- so it is much faster than a keyboard.

Touch Systems' Magic Wand Keyboard
The Magic Wand Keyboard is a miniature computer keyboard and mouse designed for anyone with limited or no hand/arm movement. It has zero-force keys, requiring no strength, reach, or dexterity. The keyboard works with the slightest touch of a wand (hand-held or mouthstick). Only contact is needed. No installation, no special software or switches, and no training is required; it plugs directly into the keyboard socket of any IBM or Apple computer.

Wearable Keyboards
The MIT Wearable Computing Web Page. This page is meant to both serve as an introduction to the field of wearable computing and as a resource for more technical information. Updates occur as new technology is released. If you have information or code to share, send mail to wearable-web@media.mit.edu

Single-Handed Dvorak Keyboard Information
Bob Harrell's typing manual is the result of his attempt to learn to touch type using the Dvorak single-handed keyboard. Typing is a task when using the hunt and peck method. Touch typing makes it easy and even fun. The recent increase in the number of computers in the workplace makes typing a skill that many people need. If you have one hand or you are able to use only one hand to type, for any reason, you too can still have that skill!

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