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    I saw this bamboo keyboard being sold on a store and I am fascinated by it's design. It is made of wood but it is working. Part of me wanted to buy it because it looks visually appealing but I am not sure if it's safe because its made of wood. I have fears of the possibility that it is a fire hazard. It also comes with a mouse made of bamboo.

    Another Keyboard that fascinates me is this keyboard that is foldable. It looks like it is made of silicone instead of plastic.
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    That wooden keyboard is awesome, so we are back to nature..huh.. I think they would have polished it with some anti-fire kind of materials. Moreover, bamboos are highly fire resistant. You know bamboos are the only wood that can resist radiation effect!

    I think the other foldable one is more user friendly, especially for those who travel a lot. Hope it will last for long. I will just try to buy a foldable one for me if it is not very costly. It definitely suits me a lot during traveling.

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    That bamboo keyboard looks pretty awesome. Personally, I really like the look of keyboards styled like typewriters, for example this one below:
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    I also really like gaming keyboards, with LED's. My favorite brand that makes gaming keyboards are corsair, they have a very nice, modern design, with colorful LED's that back light the keys.

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    Is it available worldwide, I mean can we buy it through onine shopping? In fact I was looking for a keyboard with background lighting so that I can work even in partially shady atmosphere too. Here powercuts are quite common and a keyboard with backlight would be handy while working on laptops without electricity.

    Is there any version that has background lights and Bluetooth connectivity? I am looking for a good brand.

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    I like the fold-able one

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    That typewriter keyboard looks cool, it has this steam punk theme going on. It is a nice touch if you want to have a steam punk themed room. This one is an old technology but I would like to buy one if its available:


    A projector keyboard!! it looks like something out of an old scifi movie.

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    That laser projected keyboard looks amazing! I had no idea technology like this even existed. I don't think it's practical, in the sense that it would be much harder to type, however it's certainly looks amazing, and it would be very cool to own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    That typewriter keyboard looks cool, it has this steam punk theme going on. It is a nice touch if you want to have a steam punk themed room. This one is an old technology but I would like to buy one if its available:


    A projector keyboard!! it looks like something out of an old scifi movie.
    I wonder how that works, the projector printer. Is there a special flat form you need to buy with the projector, or you could project it on anything? I don't have enough data right now to watch the video and I believe it won't be cheap at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by challengewriter View Post
    I wonder how that works, the projector printer. Is there a special flat form you need to buy with the projector, or you could project it on anything? I don't have enough data right now to watch the video and I believe it won't be cheap at all.
    I just watched the video, and apparently it doesn't require anything at all. It just projects the light, and it works like a normal keyboard. Surprisingly, it actually seems very responsive, with no mistakes being made in the video. The price of this is fair in my opinion, here in the UK it costs around 30, which is not bad for something like this. However, I think I'd still rather have a traditional keyboard over this.

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    I think projector keyboard will be fun to use if you will project it to a foam or pillow. It will be much more comfortable than tapping a touch screen because you are pressing a softer surface.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    I think projector keyboard will be fun to use if you will project it to a foam or pillow. It will be much more comfortable than tapping a touch screen because you are pressing a softer surface.
    True, however this may interfere with how the keyboard works, as it requires the projection to be on a solid surface. But I think it's a cool idea, and there's no harm in trying it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter97 View Post
    I just watched the video, and apparently it doesn't require anything at all. It just projects the light, and it works like a normal keyboard. Surprisingly, it actually seems very responsive, with no mistakes being made in the video. The price of this is fair in my opinion, here in the UK it costs around 30, which is not bad for something like this. However, I think I'd still rather have a traditional keyboard over this.
    Wow, 30 is not bad at all and I also or the fold-able keyboard, since it is still in solid form.

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    Speaking of solid forum, this one is literally solid:
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    A metal keyboard! It is such a blunt object that you can use it to murder someone if you hit this to their heads. Some of these keyboards are made of aluminum but there are expensive ones that were made of titanium and platinum. It looks so sophisticated and expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    Speaking of solid forum, this one is literally solid:
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    A metal keyboard! It is such a blunt object that you can use it to murder someone if you hit this to their heads. Some of these keyboards are made of aluminum but there are expensive ones that were made of titanium and platinum. It looks so sophisticated and expensive.
    Won't it be too heavy, I rather have a normal keyboard than getting one of those and can't a user get shocked?

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    Quote Originally Posted by challengewriter View Post
    Won't it be too heavy, I rather have a normal keyboard than getting one of those and can't a user get shocked?
    You wouldn't be able to get shocked, as all metal devices such as toasters, hairdryers, are "earthed" meaning that the electricity is carried away from the metal case, and back through the cables into the socket. This means that if you touch a metal case if a toaster, you won't get shocked/electrocuted.

    Also, metals such as aluminium aren't too heavy, for example, iPhone are made from alumionium. And even if the keyboard was heavy, it wouldn't be much of an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter97 View Post
    You wouldn't be able to get shocked, as all metal devices such as toasters, hairdryers, are "earthed" meaning that the electricity is carried away from the metal case, and back through the cables into the socket. This means that if you touch a metal case if a toaster, you won't get shocked/electrocuted.

    Also, metals such as aluminium aren't too heavy, for example, iPhone are made from alumionium. And even if the keyboard was heavy, it wouldn't be much of an issue.
    I've gotten shocked from a microwave, so I think anything is possible. But thanks for clarifying that with me.

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    There's certainly some strange and interesting ideas around when it comes to keyboards, but I can't help thinking they're just gimmicks to make money.

    While they might look good, are they any better to use than the traditional keyboards? Probably not and in some cases they're worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwarbi View Post
    There's certainly some strange and interesting ideas around when it comes to keyboards, but I can't help thinking they're just gimmicks to make money.

    While they might look good, are they any better to use than the traditional keyboards? Probably not and in some cases they're worse.
    I think certainly the lazer projected keyboard would be very bad to use. Whilst its cool to have and show off, it would be very impractical, as it would be uncomfortable tapping your desk all the time. Also, the keyboard would be useless for gaming, and fast typing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by challengewriter View Post
    I wonder how that works, the projector printer. Is there a special flat form you need to buy with the projector, or you could project it on anything? I don't have enough data right now to watch the video and I believe it won't be cheap at all.
    That is quite innovative. The most important thing is the portability it offers. Since it is as big as normal keyboards, it would be convenient. There will be no issues in placing both your fingers on the key board. But whether it got any health concerns or not, I think that will come out at a later stage if it is based on laser light technology. But overall it is looks really nice and useful. We can easily pack it and go and there is no issue of damaging the instrument on the go.

    But I would still prefer a conventional keyboard as I am used to it. I don't think it will give the same feeling as a normal keyboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    That is quite innovative. The most important thing is the portability it offers. Since it is as big as normal keyboards, it would be convenient. There will be no issues in placing both your fingers on the key board. But whether it got any health concerns or not, I think that will come out at a later stage if it is based on laser light technology. But overall it is looks really nice and useful. We can easily pack it and go and there is no issue of damaging the instrument on the go.

    But I would still prefer a conventional keyboard as I am used to it. I don't think it will give the same feeling as a normal keyboard.
    The keyboards exist now @Webworld and they are fairly cheap especially because of what they can do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by challengewriter View Post
    The keyboards exist now @Webworld and they are fairly cheap especially because of what they can do.
    Ywah they cost 30 in the UK. However I'm sure you can find cheaper ones online. I still think I'd prefer to use a conventional, keyboard though, and tapping your desk would get tiring and difficult quite fast.
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    I think that is the biggest issue and maybe for just basic functions then these types of keyboard will be alright, and like you say, they do look good and you'd be able to show them off to friends.

    When it comes to the usability though there will be an issue and with that in mind I think the standard keyboard still can't be beaten.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwarbi View Post
    I think that is the biggest issue and maybe for just basic functions then these types of keyboard will be alright, and like you say, they do look good and you'd be able to show them off to friends.

    When it comes to the usability though there will be an issue and with that in mind I think the standard keyboard still can't be beaten.
    The standard keyboard is the best keyboard for now, till something futuristic and gadgety comes to replace it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter97 View Post
    Ywah they cost 30 in the UK. However I'm sure you can find cheaper ones online. I still think I'd prefer to use a conventional, keyboard though, and tapping your desk would get tiring and difficult quite fast.
    ha..ha.. I can't imagine tapping on the desk or any other hard surface for the sake of typing. It would be too tiresome indeed. You would never enjoy typing. A traditional keyboard is the best option as of now until and unless a better form comes into play.

    I never experienced the same comfort level in any other form of keyboards. The main advantage of conventional keyboard is that if you are really experienced in typing, you can do it even without looking at your keyboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    ha..ha.. I can't imagine tapping on the desk or any other hard surface for the sake of typing. It would be too tiresome indeed. You would never enjoy typing. A traditional keyboard is the best option as of now until and unless a better form comes into play.

    I never experienced the same comfort level in any other form of keyboards. The main advantage of conventional keyboard is that if you are really experienced in typing, you can do it even without looking at your keyboard.
    Exactly! I might invest in a mechanical keyboard soon, which apparently are a lot better and responsive, and also comfortable, as the keys sink in a lot more (if that makes sense.) Hopefully it will be an investment which I do not regret, as I've been using a crappy standard keyboard that came with my old PC.

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    Anyone here who have tried using an ABC keyboard? It is a keyboard that arranged the letters according to their arrangement in the alphabet instead of the Qwerty keyboards we are used to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    Anyone here who have tried using an ABC keyboard? It is a keyboard that arranged the letters according to their arrangement in the alphabet instead of the Qwerty keyboards we are used to.

    I never heard of it before, thanks for the update. But I would never go for ABC keyboard as I will not able to type on it. QWERTY keyboard is arranged in such a way that a trained person can easily type even without looking at it. An ABC keyboard would be much worse than a touch screen keypad for me.

    QWERTY is the modern day keyboard layout. The name QWERTY comes from the first six letters from top left corner of the keyboard. I am very comfortable with a QWERTY keyboard and can type at 60 wpm without any difficulty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    I never heard of it before, thanks for the update. But I would never go for ABC keyboard as I will not able to type on it. QWERTY keyboard is arranged in such a way that a trained person can easily type even without looking at it. An ABC keyboard would be much worse than a touch screen keypad for me.

    QWERTY is the modern day keyboard layout. The name QWERTY comes from the first six letters from top left corner of the keyboard. I am very comfortable with a QWERTY keyboard and can type at 60 wpm without any difficulty.
    Do you keep your fingers on the keyboard at all times when typing? Or do you do singular key strokes? My friend told me that your hands should be located at the centre of the kayboard that say you can reach all the keys with your fingers really quickly.

    Anyways, I would struggle greatly to use a new layout of a keyboard, as I usually don't look at my keyboard when I type, and I've memorised almost all key locations.

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    I think the ABC keyboard is for the people who can't memorize the keyboard. You know those people who can't stop starring at the keyboard. I have no problems with the Qwerty keyboard though. I can use it without starring.

    This is the Touch screen keyboard. Yes this whole keyboard is a led screen:

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    Iт вeιng an LED ѕcreen мeanѕ тнe υѕer can cнange ιт тo a qwerтy ĸeyвoard. I тнιnĸ тнaт'ѕ preғeraвle, I тrιed υѕιng an ABC ĸeyвoard and ιт ѕυcĸed caυѕe I нave qwerтy ĸeyѕ мeмorιѕed.

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    While there are different variations on the keyboard, qwerty is definitely the preferred version for most I would imagine.

    I've tried using an abc keyboard once and I lasted about 2 minutes before having to change back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter97 View Post
    Do you keep your fingers on the keyboard at all times when typing? Or do you do singular key strokes? My friend told me that your hands should be located at the centre of the kayboard that say you can reach all the keys with your fingers really quickly.

    Anyways, I would struggle greatly to use a new layout of a keyboard, as I usually don't look at my keyboard when I type, and I've memorised almost all key locations.
    Yes, I have to keep four fingers of both the hands on the key board. Left hand fingers on alphabets A,S,D and F and right hand fingers on J,K and adjacent two keys. By placing fingers like this I can easily memorize what are the nearby keys for and this enables me to type without looking at it. If you join a course on English typewriting, this is the way it should be. Once you are comfortable with this, you can type very fast without any stop, just like writing with your own hand.

    It is possible only in QWERTY keyboard, otherwise it will be an issue for me.

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    That bamboo keyboard is an interesting one. I have several mechanical keyboards and actually one of the cheapest yet high-quality ones available in the entire world is right here in India--the TVS-E Bharat Gold. The problem is finding it. Anyone have a good place to find it in Bangalore?

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    This is the comfort keyboard, It is kind of expensive and this keyboard is suppose to make us comfortable. I don't know how it will make us feel comfy though because I find it intimidating:
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    Wild! It is quite customizable though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    This is the comfort keyboard, It is kind of expensive and this keyboard is suppose to make us comfortable. I don't know how it will make us feel comfy though because I find it intimidating:
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    I was somewhat confused on this model. Then I have seen one Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard in Amazon which costs around $35. It has a split space bar with backspace functionality in order to improve our typing efficiency. It is wireless with a detachable palm rest. But it looks odd to me, may be as I am seeing it for the first time. In fact still I am confused about its actual advantage over normal keyboards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    I never heard of it before, thanks for the update. But I would never go for ABC keyboard as I will not able to type on it. QWERTY keyboard is arranged in such a way that a trained person can easily type even without looking at it. An ABC keyboard would be much worse than a touch screen keypad for me.

    QWERTY is the modern day keyboard layout. The name QWERTY comes from the first six letters from top left corner of the keyboard. I am very comfortable with a QWERTY keyboard and can type at 60 wpm without any difficulty.
    I think in the same way that you think, practically there is no longer a way to adapt to these new ABC keyboards, because a lot of people are accustomed to using the keyboard classic QWERTY, it is much more comfortable because the human eye is more to adapted to looking letters and patterns in vertical directions (up or down) rather than horizontally (left or right).

    For my part I would like to try some ABC keyboard to see how to work with them and if it is easier or more difficult, who knows. But I'm skeptical that it will make the job easier, almost would have to relearn how to use the keyboard serious, this would mainly affect writers, secretaries, clerks, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    I was somewhat confused on this model. Then I have seen one Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard in Amazon which costs around $35. It has a split space bar with backspace functionality in order to improve our typing efficiency. It is wireless with a detachable palm rest. But it looks odd to me, may be as I am seeing it for the first time. In fact still I am confused about its actual advantage over normal keyboards.
    I think it is for those who are used to typing with smartphones and tablets. Finding it hard to type with a normal standard qwerty keyboard, it resembles an enlarged mobile gadget keyboard in some ways. except it is split in three ways, this is complicated.

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    There are several alternatives to QUERTY that people do use. DEVORAK and COLEMAN are just two of them.

    For maximum typing efficiency, you need to have the letters placed in places that they are easy to reach and based on most usage. For example, in the english language vowels would need to be used more often and hence should be on the 'home row'.

    There's a lot of discussion about alternative layouts and custom keyboards on geekhack.org.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamirD View Post
    There are several alternatives to QUERTY that people do use. DEVORAK and COLEMAN are just two of them.

    For maximum typing efficiency, you need to have the letters placed in places that they are easy to reach and based on most usage. For example, in the english language vowels would need to be used more often and hence should be on the 'home row'.

    There's a lot of discussion about alternative layouts and custom keyboards on geekhack.org.
    I thought ABC is the only alternate to Qwerty. I tried to look at what devorak and coleman keyboards looks like and they look kind of confusing. Maybe if I will use them everyday I may get use to it.

    This is the only photo of a devorak keyboard that I found:

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    Coleman keyboard looks confusing:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    I thought ABC is the only alternate to Qwerty. I tried to look at what devorak and coleman keyboards looks like and they look kind of confusing. Maybe if I will use them everyday I may get use to it.

    This is the only photo of a devorak keyboard that I found:

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    Coleman keyboard looks confusing:

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    Thank you for the correction--colemak not coleman.

    They may seem confusing when you're initially looking at them, but once you memorize the keys, it's really no different. A lot of the 150+ wpm typists use alternative layouts like these.

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    I remember as a kid, I found Qwerty Keyboards confusing but because it is the only keyboard format I get to touch, I get used to it easily. Maybe I might be able to adapt to Coleman or devorak if I get to use it for at least a month.

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    I think a lot does depend on what you get used to and for me, and I assume most people in the world that will be the qwerty keyboard.

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