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Training keyboard system and method

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246336D
Publication Date: 2016-May-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 23K

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Abstract

In order to type quickly on a keyboard it is important to learn and know the keys positioning. This is especially important for impaired vision people, who need to remember the position of each key in order to properly use the keyboard. In this case it is not an easy task. In a keyboard typing training systems, it is also important to track progresses, in order to propose focused exercises and to progressively reduce the required training "assistance", making the student become progressively autonomous.

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Training keyboard system and method

Hereafter it is proposed a system and a method to make easier to perform keyboard training. It is mainly aimed to impaired people but it can also be used by anyone in order to type faster and learn how to type without looking at the keyboard keys . It is based on electromagnets which are activated by a learning software program . The electromagnets are built under the keyboard keys and wear on each finger (inside thumbnails or gloves), as shown in Figure 1. These electromagnets create an attraction force between the specific finger and the specific key to be pushed , that helps to drive the finger where needed.

The learning system can work by step: 1 finger and 1 hand only, 2 fingers and 2 hands, all fingers and 2 hands, increasing the required typing speed gradually, and reducing the magnetic field strength with the time , letting the person become more and more independent.

The advantage is that this type of keyboard is that it can be used by everyone , for impaired vision people does not require to know in advance the braille code . In a second phase it can provide also a method to improve typing speed , by "suggesting" the use of the left or right hand fingers, and by suggesting the use of a specific finger of the hand. At the end the user is able to use a standard keyboard in a very efficient way.

The proposed system is based on a special training keyboard attached as a normal keyboard and driven by a training application program running on the computer . Also thumbnails or special gloves are driven by the same training application program.

When the system asks to type a sentence (or a sequence of letters), it enables an electromagnet under the needed (expected) key of the keyboard. The finger it attracted towards the needed key. By increasing/decreasing the electromagnet source power, the attraction strength can be increased or decreased . The initial level can be user selectable, and the intensity can be automatically and progressively decreased in steps during the training program,...