Scott Hanselman

Virtual Keyboard for PDAs and Laptops

June 9, '04 Comments [2] Posted in Musings
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Oh my, it's shipping (almost and finally)Photo of a laser creating an image of a Virtual Keyboard for use on a PDA (via Larkware)  But would I use it?  It's US$99, and they say it works with pretty much any PDA. 

But would it just collect dust?

You know why I'd get it?  To run with my TabletPC when it's in slate mode as a "Just-In-Time Keyboard.

This video I think says it all, it isn't fast enough for touch typists.  But, man you could sure impress J6P on airplanes.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Wednesday, June 09, 2004 9:19:16 PM UTC
Hrm... I had one of the TouchStream LP keyboards (http://www.fingerworks.com/lp_product.html) from FingerWorks for a couple weeks, and as a 75wpm+ typist, I have to say, it sucked hard and often. The primary reason was the total lack of tactile feedback. I didn't realize it before, but my fingers really know what a j, k, f, whatever key feels like. Without the physical keys, my fingers were lost and the best I could do was in the 25wpm range, which felt, well, horrible. I returned it. I bet you'd return that virtual keyboard for pretty much the same reason.
Friday, June 11, 2004 3:31:18 PM UTC
>>But, man you could sure impress J6P on airplanes.

Well, there's 2 hours of my life I'll never get back. I clicked your goolgle link on J6P and the first hit on the list is a screen play that is actually a pretty decent story. I really enjoyed it. I may get fired of course, but at least I've been entertained.

Better get back to work now.
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