I decided to order myself the Fingerworks iGesture Pad, sort of an alternative mouse. I’ve been using the TouchStream LP Keyboard (which uses the same technology as the iGesture–no clicking or dragging anything, just a flat surface that responds to touch) for the last year, but as my hands have been getting a little better (thanks at least in part to my work with the Flextend gloves, I believe), I think I’m going to go back to a more traditional keyboard–or at least one with touchable keys. The Touchstream is a high quality keyboard that does everything it claims to do, but I’ve just never grown as comfortable with it or as accurate as I’d like. I absolutely love the mouse part of it though–no way could I go back to a regular computer mouse.
So, long story short, I ordered the iGesture and I’m going to use it in conjunction with my split keyboard to see how that goes. I’d eventually like to try one of the Kinesis Contoured Keyboards, but those start at about $300 so that won’t be this month.
I ordered the iGesture from FingerWorks (the makers). Usually, the resellers through Amazon.com and various other stores tend to be a bit cheaper than buying directly from FingerWorks (at least, that was my experience when buying the Touchstream), but they were having a special so it was cheaper. About an hour and a half after placing my order with Fingerworks, I got an email saying it had already shipped. Nice! I expect my iGesture to arrive next week. After I’ve had a few days to play with it, I’ll post a review.