Re: One-handed typing:
I've been flirting with the idea of getting a Frog-Pad keyboard ever since I saw one on ThinkGeek's website.
It did seem workable. There's a YouTube video of somebody using one here:http://www.youtube.c...&feature=related
(Note: the product is available in either a left or a right handed key layout so the above picture may be different from the one in the video.)
Basically, it's a rehash of several old** ideas about using multi-modal control interface to permit single handed alphanumeric and function key entry.
The Frog Pad appealed to me primarily because I though it would be a rather neat accessory to carry around for all those times I needed to plug a small USB keyboard into a server. I also wanted it to save some desktop 'real estate' when I was back home. The device measures something like 3 inches by 5 inches.
So far, I've held off for three reasons:
1) @ $159 USD, Frog Pad Inc. must be extremely proud of their little darling. Perhaps I'm one of those
people who "know the price of everything and the value of nothing" as Oscar Wilde once put it. Nevertheless, I still think that price is fairly outrageous for a Bluetooth keyboard. Especially when you can score a top of the line gaming keyboard/mouse combo for less.
2) Frog Pad's online store seems to be "out of stock" more often than most. That makes me think they're doing very limited production runs - as in "not a lot of demand" - as in "high risk of this soon being an orphan product."
3) It's no longer available from ThinkGeek. This leads me to suspect that it has been weighed in the balance and found lacking by the real gadget freaks out there.
So, is anybody out there using a Frog Pad?---------------
** Historic Note: Long before mice were popularized by Apple, one Xerox PARC researcher envisioned doing all computer input using nothing but a mouse. His idea called for the use of two 3-button mice - one for each hand. He had actually worked out what was dubbed a chording scheme that allowed you to type using various combinations of the six available buttons. As a "proof of concept" he taught himself to do all his keyboarding using a pair of these mouse prototypes. Word was, he became a very accomplished typist using this approach.
Now how utterly Ubergeek is that?