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The Top 10 weirdest keyboards ever

The Top 10 weirdest keyboards ever
Mikael Svardh

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Keyboards come in many shapes – from the simplest computer grey $9.99 standard 102-key keyboard to variants that seem to come straight out of a Star Trek episode. Here’s our Top 10 list of the weirdest keyboards ever.

10. Roll-up keyboard

The roll-up keyboard

This keyboard has the same measurements as a standard 102-key keyboard, but there’s a big difference. You can roll this one up and put it in your pocket. Nice.

Roll-up keyboard [Thinkgeek.com]

9. The wrist keyboard

The wrist keyboard

This one might be useful if you’re in the need to type stuff while doing practical work in tough climates – but if you would wear this keyboard at the office, you might be considered a bit geeky.

The wrist keyboard [l3sys.com]

8. Maltron 3D Ergonomic Keyboard

Maltron 3D Ergonomic Keyboard
Things are starting to get a bit more weird, ey? Getting used to this keyboard isn’t something you’ll do in 10 minutes or so – it will take a while for sure. But if you have medical problems with your hands, this might be a good choice since it’s a very ergonomic keyboard. It looks very weird though!

Maltron 3D Ergonomic Keyboard [Maltron.com]

7. The SafeType keyboard

The SafeType keyboard
Just take a look at this one. Do you understand how to use it? The idea is that your hands and arms shall be in a more relaxed position while working with the SafeType compared to a traditional keyboard. From a glance it looks like this thing has everything except a symbol ls4278 barcode scanner on it. While doing research for this article I ran across this review of the safetype:

However, if you have a low tolerance for frustration (and learning to type in a new manner can be frustrating) then your best bet is to stay flat and stick with a keyboard that’s a little more “common”.

SafeType [store.yahoo.com]

6. Virtual Laser Keyboard

Virtual Laser Keyboard
Wow, it’s heating up, don’t you agree? This is more cool than weird though. This laser gadget projects a virtual keyboard on a table or other suitable material, and then interpret your finger movement and pass them on to your PDA or whatever you have it connected to. Cool.

Virtual Laser Keyboard [virtual-laser-keyboard.com]

5. The frogpad

The frogpad
The frogpad is a tiny, tiny keyboard – or it would be more suitable to call it a keypad actually. The manufacturer say that you can get up to 40 words per minute if you practice between 6 to 10 hours with it. Any idea why they are calling it a frogpad?

Frogpad [frogpad.com]

4. The Twiddler 2

The Twiddler 2
What do you say about the Twiddler 2? It looks to be quite painful to use, or what do you think? According to the testimonials at their site, it will take you ‘a weekend’ to learn typing 30 words per minute, so the frogpad wins that round. The Twiddler actually reminds me of those guitar classes I took when I was a young boy…

The Twiddler 2 [handykey.com]

3. The Orbitouch

The Orbitouch
This one could be a leftover from Area 51, or a prop from the set of any science fiction movie. Wonder how it works? Here’s what the manufacturer say: “The orbiTouch creates a keystroke when you slide the two domes into one of their eight respective positions. You type the different characters by sliding the domes to create letters and numbers. The orbiTouch also has an integrated mouse, so moving the domes gives you full mouse and keyboard capability!”

The target group for this keyboard is of course people who have limited or no motion in their fingers or hands, and that’s a very good thing – but anyway, it’s a weird keyboard.

Orbitouch Keyless keyboard [Keybowl.com]

2. The Datahand

The Datahand
This product is aimed for people who get pain in their hands from typing with a traditional keyboard – and that’s a good thing. It’s still looks like a very strange keyboard. Everytime I see this one I think of the movie Predator with Arnold Schwarzenegger, don’t know why. I love this one – the keyboard, not the movie.

The datahand [Datahand.com]

1. The Tidy Tippist

The Tidy Tippist

Isn’t this one lovely? The keyboard is hidden inside a decorative, washable tablecloth. The electronic is woven into a fabric, which finds itself between layers of water resistant felt as sandwich material. The soft felt surface makes it a pleasure for fingers to tip – a cosy keyboard. Awesome, hehe.

The Tidy Tippist [ToniaWelter.com]

Honorable mention

The ZX Spectrum
Here’s my favorit e keyboard of all times – the rubber keyboard (chiclet keyboard) of the ZX Spectrum. I still have one at home…love it.

ZX Spectrum [Wikipedia]

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