[vcf-midatlantic] much ado about chording keyboards

Dean Notarnicola dnotarnicola at gmail.com
Sun Sep 29 08:15:25 EDT 2019


The tech had to catch up to the brilliant vision.

On Sun, Sep 29, 2019 at 7:18 AM Jeffrey Jonas via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> 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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