Continues from Part 6
As I continue to tweak (and wait for components to arrive), the Internet has delivered some other designs and ideas, which have some similarities to my design. First up is the μTron split ergo keyboard, which looks like this:
They have the space and Enter keys very similarly to mine.The other interesting thing is that on the left, they have the same sort of ‘arrow keys’ arrangement as I have, with Home/End/PageUp/PageDown in the same layout. This last idea also surfaces in the Truly Ergonomic Keyboard (TEK) as pictured here:
My design is slightly different because I have Beginning and End (of document) rather than PageUp and PageDown. In truth, I thought it was an original idea to have that nav cluster, and while I may have seen the idea while surfing for a replacement keyboard, I certainly did not consciously copy either the left side nav cluster, nor the space/enter in the centre. If anything, the space/enter was an independent evolution of the Maltron/Kinesis layouts.
I just find it amazing how similar concepts pop up in different peoples’ heads at the same time.
The other bugbear about keyboard layouts is where do you split the numerals … between the 5 and 6, or 6 and 7. Matias recently had some criticism about their new Pro Ergo model, which, like my design and the TEK above, split between 5 and 6. Most other keyboards split between 6 and 7. Matias blames Microsoft for that, and says the other manufacturers just copied them, when in fact the correct split should be between 5 and 6, as justified in this pic:
So I think I got it the split right. And so far, my extra zero on the left is the only one I’ve seen.
Lastly, Microsoft is integrating Cortana into Windows 10, and some manufacturers, notably Toshiba, are adding a dedicated Cortana key to their new laptops. My Magic key should be able to duplicate that functionality if needed.