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46 Kinesis Ergonomic Keyboard




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This article is from the Ergonomics and Typing Injury FAQ, by Dan Wallach dwallach@cs.princeton.edu with numerous contributions by others.

46 Kinesis Ergonomic Keyboard

Kinesis Corporation
Phone
800-4-KINESIS (800-454-6374) or 206-402-8100
Fax
206-402-8181
Address
22232 17th Avenue SE
Bothell, WA 98021-7425
Price
$275. Volume discounts available. This includes adhesive wrist
pads and a TypingTutor program. Foot pedals and other accessories
are extra. ([new] lower price)

Also seen on-line in Safe Computing's Internet Store for $331.50.
Compatibility
PC. Mac and Sun Sparc through emulation boxes.
Shipping
Now.

The layout has a large blank space in the middle, even though the keyboard
is about the size of a normal PC keyboard - slightly smaller. Each hand
has its own set of keys, laid out to minimize finger travel. Thumb buttons
handle many major functions (enter, backspace, etc.).

The keyboard supports remapping, macros, and adjustable repeat rate.

Foot pedals are also available, and can be mapped to any key on the
keyboard (shift, control, whatever).

The keypad is "embedded" in the right hand, and a toggle button (or foot
pedal) changes between normal and keypad mode for your right hand.

Software is newly available that lets you split the Kinesis into multiple
personalities so you can have more than one set of macros and remappings
available. This software runs on your PC and downloads the data to the
keyboard. For more info, contact the company.

Kinesis has adapters boxes which can be used to connect the Kinesis (or
other PC keyboards) to a Mac or Sun. Again, for more info, contact the
company.


 

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