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this is allen, how are you? ^^ I am 23

I have a question about an idea I see

I came here because I don't know where to ask for help, I asked Chris and he kindly ask me to ask for your opinions.

The idea is in creating a keyboard, I drew it based on a hp computer. Its for righty to naturally learn to use his/her left hand through typing, and training of the whole brain.

A reversed keyboard : D

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Questions (1) Could you understand and see it? 2D and 3D?


I truly believe this will help lots of people. From a left hand visionist.

asked Dec 22 '12 at 22:38

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edited Jan 01 '13 at 19:36

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I dont see how this product is beneficial in any way, if anything i feel it would be detrimental, everyone wants to touch type and that comes form knowing where they keys are by shifting them you will slow down or confuse the typist.

As far as learning how to use your left hand I don't see how this helps, If anything it would just be another keyboard layout to learn, you learn it, and you still cant do much with your left hand.

answered Dec 23 '12 at 08:53

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I don't see how you've made a point here other than how much we tend to dislike change.

(Dec 24 '12 at 10:21) ClosetFuturist ClosetFuturist's gravatar image

Why would we try and change the standard keyboard for the English language used all over the world?

(Dec 25 '12 at 13:30) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image

Dear Readers and ryebread

The standard keyboard will not be changed, if I had made you guys feel uncomfortable.

Its simply creating a reverse version of the standard keyboard, and let it have its tiny place out there.

Some users may find it comfortable and to go back and forth. : )

Sincerely, Allen

(Dec 28 '12 at 03:26) allen allen's gravatar image

I just thought it was a bandwagon response.

(Dec 28 '12 at 03:26) ClosetFuturist ClosetFuturist's gravatar image

Hi Closet : )

What does 'bandwagon' mean?

(Dec 28 '12 at 04:08) allen allen's gravatar image

Hello Allen. It's a do as others do type marketing technique. Where it does promote solidarity it doesn't promote practical analysis.

(Dec 28 '12 at 16:33) ClosetFuturist ClosetFuturist's gravatar image

Its not that i'm on the bandwagen, i just do not feel that this solution will solve the purposed problem.

The problem is to assist consumers into learning to use their left hand more.

This is nothing more then just a new keyboard layout, and i do not feel it will support anyone in learning to use their non dominate hand.

If your problem was to drive a screw into wood, you would not use a banana to do it. Why? because a banana does not solve that problem. On the other hand if you where hungry, a banana might solve that issue, unless you are craving a nice juicy cheese burger...

(Dec 29 '12 at 00:38) trueb trueb's gravatar image

I think the banana analogy was a little strong, but I get your point. I could see some for it for gaming if not so much for typing.

(Dec 29 '12 at 00:56) ClosetFuturist ClosetFuturist's gravatar image
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keyboards can be remapped through software, then you can pop off the keys and place them in the proper locations to match the software remap, as long as the backspace, capslock, enter, and | keys stay in the same place, you can remap the others.

answered Dec 22 '12 at 23:10

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The idea is to completely shift the keys right to left ^ ^

I may not have given a whole lot of reasons and perspective behind it.

So, please if anyone don't mind for light explaination and the idea's whereabout

Please click when you have time. ~ Sincerely ~

answered Dec 23 '12 at 03:50

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What? Of course I can't understand typing on this. Useless.

answered Dec 23 '12 at 16:12

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I have to agree with ryebread761 and trueb on this one. I don't see how this makes it any easier to type with your left hand. I regularly type out things with just one hand, sometimes the left, sometimes the right, and I can't see how changing the layout this drastically really improves anything.

It'll likely just confuse the average consumer, if you could even get them to try it. People are very specific about the layouts of keyboards. The QWERTY layout didn't just waltz its way into dominance, it's there for a reason.

I'm not saying that the principle behind your idea is bad, but if this is how you plan to entertain your idea, it's not going to go very far. Consider taking a step back and re-examining all of your options. Research how people use their keyboards, both left and right handed, and then make a decision about how you want to it to be formatted.

answered Dec 23 '12 at 21:36

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I sort of understand what you're getting at- you want to reverse the keys to account for left-hand dominance. I suppose you could get one made, or swap keys as has been suggested, to try it out (with both left & right handed friends). Not all keys are swappable, but most letters & numbers are & it would give you a starting point to see if it's beneficial.

That being said, I'm not sure that reversing the letters, as written, is helpful? I mean, you can place the "D" on the opposite side of the keyboard, but why reverse the actual letter (mirror it)?

Have you ever tried using a Dvorak keyboard, out of curiosity? If so, was it any better?

answered Dec 23 '12 at 22:13

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Dvorak is a cool one, geek sir

If you were to ask me, I probably say I feel the same way you do. Really different composition. I can't compare them. =O Have you had to chance to use one?

You're closest one to understand it when you said left hand dominance concept. I am blown away. =D

(Dec 28 '12 at 03:50) allen allen's gravatar image

The premise sounds good at first, but putting the direction keys on the left would be counterintuitive wouldn't it?

answered Dec 24 '12 at 10:13

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Thanks for all of the wonderful comments. I'm listening.

No ^ ^ the letters don't have to be mirrored. : ) I just traced it out like that because I was trying

But, In my belief: although, its something as small as keyboard, do affect us in a great way, since we all know how to type. With different languages and key patterns today (language wise) + the QWERTY,  creates special combinations of codes. We type using these codes to make words again and again, typewrite,  performing task

In a one-sided order.

That stops us from using our left hand from regulated twist and turns in the left and right fingers

answered Dec 25 '12 at 03:38

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edited Dec 28 '12 at 03:08


Let me draw one for A P P L E tomorrow = ) It should look a bit different

The problem is, I only know how to draw XD

answered Dec 28 '12 at 04:19

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edited Jan 01 '13 at 19:08

Apple* not A P P L E

(Dec 28 '12 at 19:57) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image

I have a Keybosrd like this since i cleaned my old one :-)

answered Dec 28 '12 at 18:51

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Really?? how :D

(Jan 01 '13 at 19:37) allen allen's gravatar image
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