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Apparatus for Evaluation of Typing Habits and Ergonomics

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000168582D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Mar-17
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 23K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Ergonomics is an important field. Many users experience problems with carpal tunnel due to poor ergonomic keyboard design or poorly laid out workspaces. What is needed are keyboards that can provide feedback to users that they are typing in an unsafe manner, as well as device which can provide feedback on the typing habits of particular individuals for use in creating or configuring keyboards with superior ergonomics in the future. By putting trackpoint-like sensors under each key (or just representative keys) in a keyboard, a keyboard can better understand how each finger is hitting the keys and provide useful ergonomic information back to the user.

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Apparatus for Evaluation of Typing Habits and Ergonomics

In one example, under each key there will be a trackpoint-like sensor. In the course of normal typing, the manner of how each key tends to be pressed will be tracked. For example, users that have impacts which result in the keys leaning concavely inwards on the ASDF home row, might be a sign that their hands are small and tend not be spread well over a larger keyboard. If a user tends to hit all keys on their left side, the user may tend to slouch in that direction, or put their feet up to the right consistently.

     This information may be used to make suggestions to the user about improving their posture or ergonomic conditions based on observed typing habits. Such a system could also be used at a retail location to make recommendations on an ergonomic keyboard that is best suited for the typing habits and physical characteristics of a particular user. In summary, the trackpoint-sensor is capable of understanding the direction and magnitude of pressure supplied by finger presses that would be useful in understanding user typing habits.

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