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TODO : Complete Outline

  • Optimization Considerations

    • Differences in Hand Morphology
    • Differences in Optimization Goals (speed vs ergonomics)
  • Physical Layout Design Variables

    • Why Physical Layout Design Must Come Before Character Design
    • Design Philosophy: Everything is a Variable
    • Comfort/Ergonomics

      • Split-Hand Design
      • Columnar Key Layout
      • Adjustable Wrist Pronation (“Roll”)
      • Adjustable Elbow Angle (“Yaw”)
      • Adjustable Typing Angle (“Pitch”)
      • Neutral-Position Wrist Wrests
      • Column Stagger
      • Key Height Differentials
      • Concave Keywells
      • Keyswitch Actuation Force
      • Keyswitch Travel Distance
      • Keycap Shaping
    • Typing Speed

      • Concave Keywells
      • Keyswitch Actuation Force
      • Keyswitch Travel Distance
      • Keycap Shaping
    • Portability

      • Wired/Wireless/Bluetooth Capability
      • Combination Mechanism
      • Combined Keyboard Fragility
      • Combined Keyboard Length
      • Combined Keyboard Width
      • Combined Keyboard Height
      • Combined Keyboard Weight
      • Traction On Different Surfaces
    • Durability/Ease of Maintenance

      • Keycap Material
      • Case Material
      • Key Grid Construction (Hand-Wired vs. PCB)
      • Keyswitch Stem Type
      • Replaceable Connection Mechanism Between Keyboard Halves
      • Replaceable Connection Mechanism To Computer
    • Functionality

      • Keyboard Microcontroller and Firmware
      • Key Backlighting and Light Programmability
      • Signalling Mechanism For Mode Lock Engagement (e.g., CapsLock, NumLock)
      • Toggleable Noise For Key Actuation
  • Weighting of Physical Layout Design Factors

    • Identifying Which Factor Group Is Most Important For You
    • Portability: The Relationship Between Familiarity And Speed

TODO : My Pick

Iris Keyboard



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