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Ergonomic keyboard with a zen attitude
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Imagine cupping a round bowl with both hands as you are about to offer it to someone. The keys on the keyorb (a feather-light ball roughly 20cm/8'' in diameter) are placed on the spots where your hands go, in the same pattern as on a regular keyboard.

Now picture your placement of hands on the head of someone going down on you (sorry, couldn't think of another illustration off the top of my head). A *second* set of keys goes there.

The sphere is stacked, like a bilboquet/kendama, on top of a telescopic pole with a flat base, allowing one to position it at an arbitrary height.

The keyorb can be lifted off the pole, at which point it also acts as a mouse with thumb-reachable buttons; the rotation of the ball controls the cursor. Swift horizontal and vertical nudges provide an alternative to the "arrow" keys.

placid_turmoil, May 03 2009

Can be used in the lotus position http://www.rainbowc...2buddhafountain.jpg
[placid_turmoil, May 03 2009]


       There are no keys underneath the palms, just like there are none on a regular keyboard.
placid_turmoil, May 03 2009

       No takers?
placid_turmoil, May 05 2009

       ... you would have to hold your hands on the device, though, which might be a little tricky unless there is the hair to go with your descriptive metaphore.
loonquawl, May 05 2009

       True, the set of keys on top of the ball can only be used when the keyboard is supported on the pole. And as [21Q] points out, even the lower set would be hard to use.   

       I only made it undockable to be able to use it as a mouse (which should be easy).   

       What about the device when it's supported on the base?
placid_turmoil, May 05 2009

       The answer to avoid dropping the device is to use electromagnetic levitation. Fortunately there will no delicate electronics near a computer keyboard replacement ...
Aristotle, May 05 2009

       You could just put the keys on the top and sides of a helmet.
nomocrow, May 05 2009


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