Here is the
, partially modeled after the
, which uses an arrangement of buttons or keys, which act as mechanical levers or
A keyboard typically has characters engraved or printed on the keys and
each press of a key typically corresponds to a single written symbol.
However, to produce some symbols requires pressing and holding several
keys simultaneously or in sequence. While most
produce letters, numbers or signs (characters), other keys or
simultaneous key presses can produce actions or computer commands.
used to be that graphics cards and processors defined a PC but I for
one think the most defining characteristic of a computer are the parts
you actually interact with: the display,
mouse and keyboard
1. Happy Hacking Keyboard HP Japan, PFU Ltd 525,000 yen
Ltd of Ishikawa, Japan, an affiliate of Fujitsu, is producing the Happy
Hacking Keyboard Professional HP Japan, a made-to-order keyboard
handcoated with Urushi lacquer. This made to order keyboard is coated
many times using a special brush made from the hairs of virgins, and
then powdered with gold dust! The price for this expensive computer
keyboard is a grand sum of 525,000 yen or about US $4,440.
to war with your keyboard? Stealth Computer makes devices to reduce
risk of failure in hazardous areas, the 2000-IS-DT & 2000-IS-PM
come enclosed in non-corrosive stainless steel with an optical isolated
barrier ensuring NEMA (
Manufacturers Association) 4X protection. What other keyboard has a
temperature range of -40F to +194F (-40C to +90C)? Stealth makes many
other expensive steel NEMA keyboards, but this one looks like the
costliest. We’ll ignore the rest for the sake of making this article
3. TouchStream LP, Fingerworks $1500+
mystical keyboards originally retailed for $340 but since FingerWorks
has been bought out and no longer produces keyboards, TouchStream LPs
in great condition have started selling at inflated prices to fanatics.
You can look for yours on eBay if you don’t mind spending hundreds on
4. Executive Keyboard, Maltron £550.00
they claim reduce the stresses on fingers, wrists, and arms while
typing. This is one of their newer models made with Perspex,
Stainless-Steel and Polycarbonate key-tops.
your Maltron keyboard in Qwerty, Maltron or Dvorak layouts! There are
also US English, UK English, French, German, Norwegian/Norsk and
Swedish versions available. The letter keys are angled inwards to match
natural finger movements and the keys for the longer fingers are
recessed. Getting a trackball on your crazy 3d keyboard will cost you
an extra £65.
6. Professional II™, Datahand $675.00
if a keyboard could be adjusted to fit the size and shape of each
person’s hands? We’ll you’d have a Datahand! The unique finger and
thumb switches change the 4 different typing modes.
7. Keyless Ergonomic Keyboard, orbiTouch $399.00
orbiTouch Keyless ergonomic Keyboard creates a keystroke when you slide
the two domes into one of their eight respective positions. You type
the different characters by sliding the domes to create
letters and numbers
. The orbiTouch Keyless ergonomic Keyboard also has an integrated mouse, so moving the domes gives you full
mouse and keyboard
8. Comfort Keyboard, Comfort Keyboard Systems $349.00
Comfort Keyboard is separated into three sections, which can be
adjusted easily and locked into place. The Comfort Keyboard also
features complete key reprogramming and a programmable “rest period
indicator”, which reminds users to take a break?
9. Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000, Microsoft $249
media keyboard, otherwise known as the Ultimate Keyboard, due out in
May features a magnetic dock with 4 USB ports. The ultra-thin ergonomic
design was reportedly influenced by inspiration from details found in
Cadillac and BMW interiors. An aluminum finish makes this keyboard
?. Optimus Keyboard, Art Lebedev Studio $???
couldn’t finish a keyboard list without the OLED Keyboard. We’ve heard
rumors it’ll cost $1200, but where will the OLED screen keyboard really
place on the list of
keyboards when it comes into production? So far, there have only been
3d renderings, but it has been reported a working model will debut at
CeBIT later this month.