Dump Your Keyboard!

I can’t wait ’till this idea hits the shelves: it’s a keyboard-in-a-glove.

The following podcast by Robert Scoble features the inventor of the mouse, Doug Engelbart. He’s showing off a keyboard replacement that uses a glove and a binary letter-coding system.

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I teach keyboarding now and my middle school students always struggle with proper finger position. Imagine the day when a twitch of a few fingers creates letters on screen. Sure, in the far off future we’ll all be talking to or thinking to our computers…but this idea can be used now. And it’ll be inexpensive to build!

Valerie Landau, who’s partnered with Engelbart, speaks about academic implications of the glove. She describes taking notes in class, text messaging, and playing games with physical feedback.

I’m definitely interested in being an early adopter of Engelbart & Landau’s invention!

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