There have been many attempts to replace QWERTY keyboards with more efficient layouts, some of which are in use today. However, QWERTY is by far the most common type of layout available, though will that always be the case? Joseph M. Krush, a retired music theorist, hopes his Krush keyboard will become the new standard. The reason he hopes this is because he claims it enables most people to type at 100 words per minute, while the fastest typists should hit 200 WPM or more.
At this year’s Intel Developer Forum, Korea’s OCOSMOS was seen flaunting a 5-inch UMPC. Based on Intel’s upcoming Oak Trail platform and running Windows 7, the dual-joystick OCOSMOS OCS1 piqued our curiosity due to its ability to run PC games like StarCraft and World of Warcraft.
According to new information posted on the company’s website, you will only have to wait until March, 2011 to lay your hands on one. It features a single-core 1.5 GHz or 1.9 GHz CPU, a 400MHz GPU capable of handling 720p decoding, 32GB solid-state storage, a front-facing 1.3MP webcam, a 5MP camera on the back, USB 2.0, HDMI, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) 3G, and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. Sliding the 5-inch capacitive TFT upwards reveals a QWERTY keypad.
Its battery will last anywhere between 5 to 10 hours on a single charge. This is due to that fact that OCS1 will ship with the option of a 24 watt-hour battery or a 10-15 watt-hour battery.
Philips Home Control's new DUAL QWERTY remote seems like the kind of thing you'd use to show off your hard-earned success when you have visitors, or maybe you just want something sexy to replace that boring remote, mouse, and keyboard you've been using to control your home theater.
"This new keyboard remote shows that we are on top of the upcoming trend," says Rick Siu, Director Product Management, Philips Home Control. "It was challenging to develop this remote to cater for all these features, while at the same time we wanted the design to be slim, easy to operate, and modern looking. From the enormous interest we have gathered during the pre-launch period, I can honestly say we succeeded with glory."
Sure, Siu is tooting his own company's horn, but from the pics we've seen, the DUAL certainly looks hot. How well it feels and functions is another story, but Philips feels its dual-sided device is the "perfect solution" for couch warriors. The top side features a remote control while the bottom sports a keyboard; alternate input methods include things like pointing, touchpad, and an optical sensor.
Every once in awhile we head over to Yanko Design to see what electronic concoctions the world's creative minds have come up with, and one that caught our eye today is the "QWERTY Keyboard For iPhone, For Real!"
If you fall into the physical keyboard camp, something like this is just what the smartphone doctor ordered, the only problem is Apple appears fully content flying solo with a virtual plank. This simple design addresses what some feel is a major shortcoming (while others don't) by sliding neatly over the iPhone and syncing with the device.
"The slick body docks in the phone and auto disables the virtual keyboard," Yanko Design explains. "An external jack hooks into place, at the bottom of the keys for charging the phone."
Just in case typing full words was too much exercise for you, or perhaps learning a traditional QWERTY keyboard was too mainstream for your “rebel” lifestyle, Fast Finger Keyboards has the peripheral for you!
Not only have they completely rearranged the keys to be in consecutive A-Z format, they have included shorthand internet and texting meme short cuts on the function keys. This keyboard is for you if you knew what HOAS meant without Googling it. In case someone who has used any keyboard (or typewriter) in his or her lifetime sits down at your computer, FFK generously included the standard QWERTY layout on the keyboard.
Thankfully, the folks over at Fast Finger Keyboards didn’t make this fire-engine red atrocity novelty more than 25 bucks.
Wilt Chamberlain holds the record for most points scored in a professional basketball game, Tom Brady and Randy Moss set an NFL single-season record in 2007 for most touchdown passes between a passer and a receiver (23), Joe DiMaggios's 56-game hitting streak may never be broken, and 27-year-old Pedro Matias just set a new Guinness World Record for texting by typing a 264-character text in one-second shy of two minutes.
Lest your sarcasm meter is busted, we don't really believe Matias belongs in the same echelon as some of the world's greatest athletes, but with nimble thumbs (and probably very little face-to-face interaction) Matias was able to hone his text messaging skills and shatter the previous record by 23 seconds.
"I did practice a lot and I always thought that this was my thing. For me, to have a record in the Guinness is a great thing," an elated Matias said after the event.
The feat came during the LG Mobile World Cup Championship (yup, such a thing exists) at Gotham Hall in New York City. And while we don't want to take anything away from Matias' accomplishment, it should be noted that he used a QWERTY phone. That'sprobably the same that was used to set the previous record, and while we could look it up, let's be honest, does anyone really care? We didn't think so.
As for the actual Cup Championship, the team from Korea won the $100,000 prize, while USA came in second and took home $20,000.
There's never been a better time to be in the market for a keyboard. On the lower end of the pricing spectrum, OCZ recently announced its Elixir, an über affordable keyboard as part of the company's Alchemy line aimed at gamers on a budget. And for those running out of Swish bank accounts to store obscene amounts of of cash, Art Lebedev Studios' OLED Optimus Maximus has finally emerged from the depths of vaporware to become a shipping product.
In between both extremes, many still consider Metadot Corporation's Das Keyboard the tour de force of keyboard construction, which Maximum PC awarded a 9/Kick Ass verdict back in 2005. The original plank broke the mold by blanking out the keys rather than saddling them with peksy labels, and now three years later, Metadot looks to jump back in the peripheral market with a pair of updated models.
Click the jump to learn more about the Das Ultimate and Das Professional, and how they compare to the original.