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Catmullrom
03-17-2006, 02:55 PM
This thing is called the AlphaGrip (http://www.ohgizmo.com/2006/03/15/alphagrip-ag-5-mouse-and-keyboard-in-one/) and while it looks like a game controller at first glance, if you look closely at the pics you can see there are way more keys than a standard controller has in order to cover every letter of the alphabet. It also has a trackball on it for moving the mouse around. While I'm not too excited about having to learn to type again :) they say this thing is great for using the computer while laying back. (ie Not hunched over the keyboard.)

AlphaGrip AG-5 (http://www.ohgizmo.com/2006/03/15/alphagrip-ag-5-mouse-and-keyboard-in-one/)

Maybe not the best solution for precision Photoshop work, but great for the end of the day when you just want to lay back, relax and surf.

-catmullrom

chrisWhite
03-17-2006, 08:12 PM
Somehow that doesn't appeal to me...at all. Definitly not for precision graphics work and it would drive me nuts trying to type at a slower speed again. If I want to recline I can grab my wireless mouse and almost anything Iíd actually want to do while reclining. Ironically, I donít think this would work very well for gamers either.

laureato di arte
03-17-2006, 08:30 PM
This thing is called the AlphaGrip (http://www.ohgizmo.com/2006/03/15/alphagrip-ag-5-mouse-and-keyboard-in-one/) and while it looks like a game controller at first glance, if you look closely at the pics you can see there are way more keys than a standard controller has in order to cover every letter of the alphabet. It also has a trackball on it for moving the mouse around. While I'm not too excited about having to learn to type again :) they say this thing is great for using the computer while laying back. (ie Not hunched over the keyboard.)

AlphaGrip AG-5 (http://www.ohgizmo.com/2006/03/15/alphagrip-ag-5-mouse-and-keyboard-in-one/)

Maybe not the best solution for precision Photoshop work, but great for the end of the day when you just want to lay back, relax and surf.

-catmullrom

no i think its not something that will replace the keyboard, maybe something that will be handy like you said for if you want to lie down for a bit and send a message online over some massive hd video wall thing, that would be cool

TapioKa
03-17-2006, 09:51 PM
This looks like an ergonomic nightmare.

Interesting premise, but I can see lots of people having all sorts of stress on their hands as a result of this.

Plus, IMHO, thumbs don't move as fast as the digits, so I think it would be somewhat slow to use.

There is certainly room for new innovative ideas in the area of input devices.

paul.yan
03-17-2006, 10:40 PM
the answer is ... no

Peddy
03-18-2006, 03:06 AM
short answer: No.
long answer: its an option, surely, as its been discovered that using this device doesnt deteriorate your QWERTY skills, unlike alternative keyboard configurations which do. However, you'd really want to want it. Its a niche product.

Cageman
03-18-2006, 05:06 AM
Talking about keyboards...

I remember reading an article about a USB-keybord that could map icons to the keys depending on which application was loaded. So, theoreticly speaking, if I use Maya, it would change the keys to the icons. If I switch to Word, it would change to a "standard" keyboard.

I don't know if this would be practical in all situations. :) Would be nice to find that article again, though.

EDIT: Found something...

http://www.artlebedev.com/portfolio/optimus/ (http://www.primotechnology.com/index.php?art=articles/0705/optimus/index.htm)

Zephyr7
03-18-2006, 10:38 AM
It doesn't look one bit appealing to me either... But apart from that, how is anyone even supposed to be able to actually hold it? I can't even properly hold a XBOX controler; even with the small version i still have problems properly reaching some buttons.
Sure, i could imagine using this as a tool to hit someone with out of self-defense - but as an input device something like this would definately not work for me.

fuss
03-18-2006, 02:48 PM
Surely not the future of keyboards, an no way for it to become a standard: how could disabled people (with only one functioning hand for example) use this thing?

Szos
03-18-2006, 05:45 PM
Silly is all it is.

Self-Designer
03-18-2006, 05:56 PM
Hey, did you pay attention to this "The $100,000 Banner" on this site, inspired by Alex Tew's and his Million Dollar Homepage (http://www.milliondollarhomepage.com/)? (More details (http://www.ohgizmo.com/881/)) - Do you think this commercial method is goind to get more and more popular in other sites as well? Lol, it's really funny, yet it does seem to work well. After all, a 1$ for a year's small advertisment in a main page, many people may like to advertise by that...

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