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Fast Finger Keyboard: Love It or Leave It?

Well this is . . . interesting. The Fast Finger Keyboard is a full-size computer keyboard, but instead of the traditional key layout (QWERTY), letters are laid out alphabetically (ABCDEF). The keyboard is marketed toward "hunt and peckers" — computer users who don't know how to type and waste time looking for the right key on the keyboard. Typing was a required class in junior high (in fact, if I remember correctly, they actually called it "keyboarding"), so this has never been an issue for me, but some of my less savvy family members have had typing problems in the past.

Another funny function of the keyboard: preprogrammed keys for common Internet shortcuts like LOL and TTYL. (Also included, my pet peeve shortcut: THX. It's a short word. Type it out. Thanks.)

The keyboard is mainly geared toward children who are just learning computers and switches back to a traditional QWERTY keyboard by flipping a switch. I say: why not just learn the regular keys . . . you're going to have to learn sooner or later! What do you think?

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sarahvampgrl sarahvampgrl 7 years
If you know the history of the qwerty keyboard than this is actually a very cool thing. The qwerty keyboard configuration was created to SLOW down human typing. If people typed too fast on an old fashioned typewriter the levers would become tangled. It was invented due to the limitations of the hardware available at the time and now current keyboards are still that way based on the fact simply that "that's how its always been." There's been research showing that other configurations are much better, but, much like switching to the metric system, people don't like change. It's very cool that there's actually a commercial keyboard out there if you want to give it a try and see how fast you could really type if you mastered it.
PinkNC PinkNC 7 years
When it comes to people that have certain kind of learning disabilities then I don't see a problem with this. Especially if they don't use the keyboard/computer that often. People/kids with disabilities can sometimes get fustrated if they cannot quickly find the letter that they are looking for. The only thing on this keyboard that I have a problem with, is the quick way to type like LOL, TTYL, THX, and etc... I hate it when people type or text that way. Just type out the whole stinkin word. It's not going to kill you or waste your time to type a short word in full.
xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 7 years
Wow, humanity just took another giant leap back.
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
^This. I don't see how this would help ease them into QWERTY? But I've always wondered why the letters are arranged funny, hmmm. :P
Elfyn Elfyn 7 years
Even hunt and peckers are mostly used to a QWERTY keyboard. Rearranging the letters will just make it even harder.
zzleigh zzleigh 7 years
I don't approve of any device that encourages the typing of "LOL".
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