PRLog - March 2, 2012 - DROGHEDA, Ireland -- History tells us that the QWERTY keyboard design became the default standard because of its widespread previous adoption for use on the mechanical typewriter. Its late 1800s design layout was devised to prevent mechanical key-hammers jamming whenever a typist typed too fast. The standard QWERTY layout however is grossly inefficient in the context of the operation of today’s chip based devices. BeeRaider’
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In designing the new keyboard, the aim was to create a design that would be both logical and ergonomic for the purpose of efficient data entry. BeeRaider first considered abandoning the standard QWERTY layout altogether but finally decided that they could offer both an optimised (alpha-character efficient) layout along with the standard QWERTY alpha-character layout in their first product, which is an App for Android Tablet and Smartphone devices. More detailed design information is available at BeeRaider’s website: (http://www.beeraider.com). The website also contains a video showing a demonstration of the company’s Android App. In addition, it provides a 3D animation showing a physical implementation of the new keyboard design.
In one implementation the layout of the new keyboard’s alpha-characters have been optimised in accordance with their frequency of occurrence in the use of the English language. Ergonomic considerations can be seen in the manifestly simple but effective final bee-like shape of the new keyboard’s layout, a shape that all users, even children, will readily relate to. This same optimised layout and ergonomic shape also allows users to type using either one or both hands as preferred.
Testing shows that the new keyboard’s efficient alpha-character layout can be memorised in as little as 10-20 minutes. The alpha-characters would be those characters/keys that most people would type on, most of the time. The new keyboard design scales down while still maintaining keycap-size and it manages to do this without sacrificing any of the keys seen on a full-character-
BeeRaider believes that their radical new keyboard design represents something of a landmark in the development of Human Interface Devices where data-entry by keyboard is concerned. Unlike the QWERTY keyboard design, the new Keyboard design is logical, efficient, ergonomic and compact. In short, a keyboard designed for the 21st century.
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BeeRaider 's new Radial Keyboard Design solves the problem of small cramped keys on portable computer devices such as Netbooks etcetera. It achieves this in a reduced footprint while still retaining the full-set of keys from a standard desktop keyboard.