Smartype Keyboard Has a Screen — Go Ahead and Look at Your Hands

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Amos Bar-Zeev / KeyView

Do you ever look down at your keyboard while you’re typing? You kie! I mean, you lie! I had to look down at my hands to correct that. I’d say that Mavis Beacon must be rolling over in her grave, but I just found out that she’s a fictional character. Another kie from my childhood!

The Smartype keyboard throws conventional typing technique out the window by featuring a built-in screen that spans the section above the top row of keys. As you type, you’ll be able to see the fruits of your labor magically appear character by character.

Israel-based KeyView, the company behind the Smartype, promises that being able to look down at your hands while you type can increase your typing speed, minimize errors, help you focus and reduce the strain to your neck and eyes.

And what gadget would be complete without apps? Though not yet available, you’ll be able to load up the Smartype’s screen with Facebook, Twitter and apps to check your e-mail when you’re not using the screen to pound out your fanfic opus 50 More Shades of Grey.

No word on pricing yet; the Smartype is only available in Israel, though the company’s press release says that the keyboard will be available internationally in “the near future.” How much would you pay for such a disruption to proper typing technique?

[via The Verge]

4 comments
avidflame
avidflame

I got one of these - bad keyboard.  Was told to return it and got a second.  Bad keyboard again.  Some keys not functioning.  Nowcustomer support has gone silent for three weeks.  This company has problems.

fmondana
fmondana

 I had an ATT typewriter with this function. You could type out a sentence, look at an LCD to see if you hit the right keys, then it would print the sentence on paper.

Guest
Guest

What about system based auto-correct functions (e.g. MS-word, Mac OS)? 

Looking down at the keyboard is a terrible habit, and bad for your neck too - how can awkwardly looking down all day, instead of naturally straight ahead at a well placed screen, reduce strain on your neck? 

I am by no means a touch typist, but I glance down at keys only every so often - I cant see any benefit to this for anyone except index finger key hunters. 

ArtWiller
ArtWiller

Cannot agree more. The head weighs the same as a 4-litre jug of milk. When the head is tilted, that's how much strain is on the neck. Another issue is the suggestion that you speed up your typing using this device. I suppose if you do not know how to touch type, this might speed up your typing. The real solution however is to learn to touch type. There is a great program called UltraKey that readers should try for less money. It really works.