I’m not a big cell phone text messager, but I have seen numerous articles in the last year or two addressing the awkwardness of creating messages on those tiny pads meant for dialing phone numbers. Likewise, PDA users have to deal with tiny interfaces. From the articles I’ve read, doctors are starting to link increased use of these devices with RSIs like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. That’s why, when I saw an article on a virtual keyboard designed to work with these compact devices, I decided to check it out.
The Senseboard virtual keyboard and mouse is actually a pair of devices that wrap around your hand and sense movements to translate the characters you are typing. I’m probably mangling the description, so here’s a blurb from the company’s web site:
“Designed for “keyboard challenged” mobile computer users, Senseboard® “virtual keyboard” is a small device that attaches to the palms of the hand and allows users to type on any surface as if it were a keyboard. It works by measuring hand and finger movements, and determines the appropriate keystrokes or mouse movements.”
I wasn’t able to find much on the ‘net in the way of reviews, so if anyone has tried the device, please let us know how it worked.