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I am looking down at my keyboard as I write this because I can't
touch type. If I make a mistake, I don't know about it until I look up
the screen - and in doing so I stop typing. What I need is to have
the keyboard and the screen in my field of vision at the same time.
"easy-eye-type" monitor/keyboard array (EZ-iType). This
is a monitor and keyboard setup designed to
resolve this problem. The screen is transparent and hovers over the
top of your keyboard. Combining both Smart Glass technology
to adjust the opacity of the screen and Transparent Projection
technology [link2] to cast the image, the monitor is given a dual-
funtion visual display.
When typing, the monitor lowers its opacity in order for the user to
see his/her keyboard, whilst simultaneously being able to see in
peripheral vision the letters being displayed on screen.
As soon as the mouse or keyboard direction buttons are used the
monitor automatically switches back to full opacity allowing you to
navigate your document accurately. To re-enter typing mode, a
on the left of the keyboard (on its own and textured in order for
location) flips the screen back to semi-transparent.
A software design tweak will keep the on-screen text cursor
over the top of the keyboard, scrolling the page up as you complete
each line, a bit like the typewriters of old.
Hopefully, this should make for easier typing and also reduce strain
on the eye as it exercises by readjusting to focus both on the
and the keyboard behind.
Further design tweaks include: illuminated keys for better visibility;
adjustable opacity levels via a dial on the side of the monitor; and
articulated stands for both monitor and keyboard for full ergonomic
My only concern is the slightly reduced distance to the screen and
the potential ergonomic drawbacks; these would need to be tested
once a prototype was built.
Illustration to follow. [link3]
Courtesy of wikipedia. Basically, by adding a voltage to the glass it becomes more opaque. I don't know for certain, but I assume the level of opacity can be adjusted in conjunction with this voltage. [theleopard, Dec 02 2008]
Transparent Projection Screen
Could also be called faux-holographic I suppose see [link4]. [theleopard, Dec 02 2008]
Look how happy he is! [theleopard, Dec 02 2008, last modified Oct 02 2009]
[theleopard, Dec 02 2008]
09 Feb 2007
I knew I'd mentioned this idea before. [theleopard, Dec 05 2008]
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||This would be useful in learning to type in the first place using the moving fingers seen in typing programs. You can look at the fingers moving over the keyboard and follow.
||The keyboard itself could just have a little display (between the Function keys and the number bar) showing what you've been pressing. It scrolls like a word processor.
||my idea change is to have a cam + pedal combination.
||The cam can continuously record the keyboard and transmit the video to the monitor, where it will be shown with some opacity. The opacity is controlled by the pedal combination.
||This way, you can see your keyboard only as much as you want, and still keep your neck straight.
||It's actually very inefficient to keep stopping and making corrections as you type. You should just type on regardless and then spell check and review and format your text afterwards.
As this idea actually encourages poor typing I shall give it a fishbone thusly... <later, quietly edits typo and hopes nobody will notice>
||//this idea actually ensourages poor typing I shall give it a fishbone thusly..//
||[-]That's why I had to bone it too. There are already too many gadgets that "dumb down" the need for good clerical skills.