[vcf-midatlantic] much ado about chording keyboards

Jeffrey Jonas jeffrey.scott.jonas at gmail.com
Sun Sep 29 07:18:28 EDT 2019


Here are my chording keyboard references:

Start with Wiki:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chorded_keyboard

Douglas Engelbart's chording keyboard looked like piano keys:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mother_of_All_Demos
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJDv-zdhzMY
"The Mother of All Demos is a name given retrospectively to
Douglas Engelbart's December 9, 1968,
demonstration of experimental computer technologies that are now commonplace.
The live demonstration featured the introduction of the computer mouse,
video conferencing, teleconferencing, hypertext, word processing,
hypermedia, object addressing and dynamic file linking,
bootstrapping, and a collaborative real-time editor."


Here's a product with a chording keyboard:
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microwriter
The Microwriter is a hand-held portable word-processor with a chording
keyboard.
First demonstrated in 1978, it was invented by UK-based, US-born film
director Cy Endfield ...


Take a chording keyboard and wrap it around a stick
or put it on a small hand-held remote
and you have a keyer
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keyer
or a "Twiddler", intended for wearable computers:
    https://twiddler.tekgear.com/

The Twiddler has been "reinvented" as a cordless motion sensor wearable
    https://www.tapwithus.com/
as discussed here: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=17557593

Everything old is new again!

-- jeff jonas


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