Computer: Keyboard
Keyorb   (+5)  [vote for, against]
Ergonomic keyboard with a zen attitude

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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