World's Best and Weirdest Keyboard Ever

Before this post we have featured several things about PC keyboard starting from weirdest and unusual keyboard and also the last time we post about world's biggest keyboard.. this stuff might be suitable for the computer geeks.. OK let's enjoy this
World's Best and Weirdest Keyboard Ever

n computing, a keyboard is an input device, partially modeled after the typewriter keyboard, which uses an arrangement of buttons or keys, which act as mechanical levers or electronic switches. A keyboard typically has characters engraved or printed on the keys and each press of a key typically corresponds to a single written symbol. However, to produce some symbols requires pressing and holding several keys simultaneously or in sequence. While most keyboard keys produce letters, numbers or signs (characters), other keys or simultaneous key presses can produce actions or computer commands.

In normal usage, the keyboard is used to type text and numbers into a word processor, text editor or other program. In a modern computer, the interpretation of keypresses is generally left to the software. A computer keyboard distinguishes each physical key from every other and reports all keypresses to the controlling software. Keyboards are also used for computer gaming, either with regular keyboards or by using keyboards with special gaming features, which can expedite frequently used keystroke combinations. A keyboard is also used to give commands to the operating system of a computer, such as Windows' Control-Alt-Delete combination, which brings up a task window or shuts down the machine.

Optimus Maximus keyboard

The Optimus Maximus keyboard, previously just "Optimus keyboard", is a keyboard developed by the Art. Lebedev Studio, a Russian design studio headed by Artemy Lebedev. Each of its keys is a display which can dynamically change to adapt to the keyboard layout in use or to show the function of the key. The Optimus allows for greater user interaction, by dynamically displaying the current function of the keys.

Apple Wireless Keyboard

The Apple Wireless Keyboard is a wireless keyboard built for Macintosh computers. On September 16, 2003, the first Apple Wireless Keyboard was introduced at the Apple Expo. On August 7, 2007 Apple released a completely redesigned model of the Apple Wireless Keyboard. Enabling use of the 'Fn' and 'Eject' keys will require customization using a generic HID driver.Enabling the multimedia keys and remapping keys, such as assigning 'Del' to the 'Eject' key is also possible.

Logitech DiNovo Edge

Logitech's diNovo Edge keyboard certainly looks like the best keyboard around. Taking the clean-lined design cues of its previous diNovo boards, Logitech's latest high-end keyboard is a remarkably attractive piece of hardware. It's a pleasure to type on, with a sturdiness that belies its thin profile. Logitech also added some innovation, making this the first wireless keyboard that's also rechargeable

Surta 7 industrial stainless steel keyboard

Stainless steel built-in keyboard with trackball is designed for representative input stations in places where there is a high risk of vandalism or where they are subjected to high strains (e.g. information desks, bank applications, point of sales-applications, industrial applications), and where information is entered by constantly changing users.
The keys of this keyboard are on one level with the surface, with small gaps; the operating forces are buffered by a baffle plate. The plate is waterproof and corresponds to the degree of protection IP54 (built-in version only front). Sealing is ensured by a silicon foil located underneath the key caps.

Ceratech Zboard

The Zboar is the only keyboard that gives you ‘hot swappable’ key sets. One minute you have a professional Multimedia office keyboard, the next, an unbeatable gaming platform to make sense of all that power.

Each key set can be changed in less than 10 seconds without the need to turn off or re-boot the computer. Simply unclip one end, lift out and replace with the other key set – it’s that easy.

Senseboard Virtual Keyboard

The Senseboard Virtual Keyboard is the full-sized “virtual” keyboard and mouse in the world. Its unique design allows for standard text input in practically any environment. The Virtual Keyboard consists of two hand-worn components, which use Bluetooth technology to connect with the designated computing device. Senseboard utilizes sensor technology to recognize the characters a user is typing. Text input is based on movement of the users hands and fingers.

The virtual Keyboard has a maximum height of 53 mm, length of 95 mm, width of 32 mm and a maximum weight of 45 grams per unit.

Eleksen fabric keyboard

Eleksen fabric keyboard is built into a pouch that protects your UMPC during transit. The keyboard connects to the PC via USB. Looking at the keyboard and other fabric Eleksen products I always have the same thoughts.
First, how long with the letters on the keys last, they look to be screen printed. Second what sort of typing feel do you get from the keys? You might assume the keys would feel spongy considering that they are made from fabric, but I could be wrong. At any rate, this looks like a useful and very portable keyboard for UMPC users.

SafeType Keyboard

Manufacturer: Ergonomic-Interface Keyboard Systems

When it comes to weirdness, the SafeType inhabits a realm of its own. The motions used to manipulate this strange, ultra-ergonomic device suggest a bizarre underground tickling handshake used by Chicago bootleggers in the Roaring Twenties. Check out the side mirrors designed to get around the slight problem that while using this keyboard you can’t see what the hell you’re doing.

Billed as the "World's Best-Selling Vertical Keyboard," the $295 SafeType evidently towers above its competition. My own research corroborates the manufacturer's market-share claim: I couldn't find any other vertical keyboards

Klingon Language Standard Keyboard

Manufacturer: ZF Electronics

This is it: the official keyboard of the Klingon Empire. All of the letters on this sleek black £44 (about $62) keyboard are rendered in Klingon script, though curiously the numeric keys on the input device exactly match the Arabic numerals familiar to Western Earthlings; this suggests either that pre-Contact Klingons had no concept of number, or that Hodgkin's Law of Parallel Planetary Development applies with special force to mathematical developments. In any event, native Klingons will surely appreciate being able to type their work without having to worry about awkward transliteration problems: "You've not truly experienced my research paper, Professor Johnson, until you've read it in the original Klingon."

iGrip Ergonomic Keyboard & Trackball

Manufacturer: Alphagrip

Here we see a textbook example of runaway button proliferation. This handheld keyboard/trackball device has buttons for fingers you didn't even know you had. But fear not: The folks at Alphagrip are confident that you'll learn to type on the $99 iGrip Ergonomic Keyboard & Trackball in half the time it takes to learn to type on a QWERTY keyboard. Plus, it enables you to indulge in ultralazy typing while slouched back in your superplush man-devouring recliner

New Standard Rainbow Keyboard

Manufacturer: New Standard Keyboards

Beyond the a-rainbow-just-threw-up-on-my-keyboard design aesthetic, the £39 ($55) New Standard Rainbow Model keyboard takes a painfully literal approach to keyboard redesign: Even little kids know their ABCs, so let's put the letters in alphabetical order. That does put A and I in exceptionally awkward spots, but hey, how often does anyone use those letters?[/img]

OrbiTouch Keyless Keyboard

Manufacturer: Blue Orb

If aliens (other than Klingons) used computers, they'd probably gravitate toward the $399 OrbiTouch Keyless Ergonomic Keyboard--if only to impress us: “God, they must be an advanced society if they’ve figured out how to type on that thing.” But maybe it really is ergonomic. After all, when was the last time you saw an alien life form wearing braces on its wrists?

abKey Revolution

Manufacturer: abKey

According to the abKey Web site, the inventor of the $108 Revolution keyboard "discovered the alphabet's most common letters while watching the TV program Wheel of Fortune." Apparently U, which is only the 13th most common letter in most English usage, gets quite a workout on Wheel of Fortune: The Revolution awards it a huge round dedicated button near your left thumb. The letter A gets similar enormous-button treatment, making this perhaps the world's best keyboard for typing in Hawaiian (think "humu*humu*nuku*nuku*apua'a").

Datahand Professional II

Manufacturer: Datahand Systems

I know what you're thinking, but no--the Datahand Professional II is neither a handy appliance designed for quick and easy amputation of your fingertips nor a digital bathroom scale for people with extremely small feet. It's just your average, completely incomprehensible $995 ergonomic data entry device


Manufacturer: Combimouse

The Combimouse is not yet a commercial product, but it may become one soon. It attempts to fill a gaping hole in the combination keyboard/mouse market--one foolishly overlooked by slow-moving industry dinosaurs like Microsoft and Logitech.

Bluetooth Virtual Keyboard

Manufacturer: i.Tech Dynamic

Why carry a keyboard around with you when you could instead activate this cool virtual keyboard? Well, maybe because jamming your fingers into a solid tabletop trying to press keys that aren’t really there doesn’t feel so great after a while. Or because the $150 Bluetooth Virtual Keyboard tends to be visible primarily in shady areas (or at night). But don't let these little shortcomings cause you to lose sight of two crucial considerations: It’s virtual, and it sports a totally awesome red laser.

Dual-Handed Ergonomic 3D Keyboard

Manufacturer: P.C.D. Maltron

For most manufacturers, labeling a keyboard “dual-handed” might seem superfluous, but not for Maltron, which also makes a single-handed model (wait for it). The basic engineering idea of the £375 ($525) dual-handed model seems to be, “What if your fingers fell into a well and couldn’t get back out?” Seems ergonomic to me.

Maltron Single-Handed Keyboard

Manufacturer: P.C.D. Maltron

For this right-handed model (£295, about $413), Maltron reduced the hand count by one, but made the well even deeper. The result: a keyboard that looks like a really nasty bunker on a Scottish golf course. If you’re lucky, this design will be ergonomic heaven. If not, you’ve destroyed only one hand and can try again with Maltron’s left-handed version

Grippity1.0 BackTyping Keyboard

Manufacturer: Grippity

How do you know for sure that the key you're about to press is a K if your finger is covering the label? For people paralyzed by the ontological implications of Schrodinger's cat, the Grippity1.0 BackTyping Keyboard may (or may not) be a lifesaver. You hold the Grippity (which as yet is only a prototype) as if it were a game controller, and then type by pressing the backs of the keys. Should be great for typists whose output tends toward backtalk and back-handed compliments. But if you press backspace from the back, do you go forward?

USB Cooler Keyboard

Manufacturer: Thanko

"Dang these sweaty wrists! They keep slipping around the keyboard while I'm trying to type, causing me to dsf;ldkhffd souln cnwlju!

"What's that, you say? There's a new keyboard from Thanko Corporation that solves my problem? Hallelujah! I can type again."

If you've ever said these words, the Thanko USB Cooler Keyboard (available in Japan for about $62) is for you. Hence the exceptionally high demand for this helpful product

Touchstream ST

Manufacturer: FingerWorks

The cult favorite Touchstream ST is a membrane keyboard with a twist: It accepts gestural multitouch input on its surfaces so that the user can initiate shortcuts and perform pointing maneuvers. Unfortunately, this device is no longer sold--Apple acquired FingerWorks and its patents in 2005. A few years later, Jobs & Co. released a curious little multitouch device called the iPhone. In that sense, the Touchstream lives on.

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Lily said...

that's great

Anonymous said...

What...where's the IBM Model M keyboard?! The Model M by far is the best keyboard out, it's *the* AK-47 of keyboards! And the author didn't include it...what...

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