[bct] Re: Thumb keyboards?

  • From: "Lisa Salinger" <lisasali@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 6 May 2006 14:49:43 -0400

I have mild to moderate carpal tunnel syndrome, and I think that would hurt it after awhile.

Lisa Salinger
Renee, Retired Guide and
Joie, Guide/SD
lisasali@xxxxxxxx
Skype: Joies_Mom
http://lisasali.livejournal.com/

----- Original Message ----- From: "Neal Ewers" <neal.ewers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, May 06, 2006 2:35 PM
Subject: [bct] Re: Thumb keyboards?



Lisa, I guess it's easy enough for people who can see.  I know lots of
people who use their very small keyboards this way. And, I think that
pressing the keys with your thumbs allows you to hold the unit so the
screen can be more easily seen.  Of course, that does me no good, but my
friends seem to like it that way.

Neal



-----Original Message-----
From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Lisa Salinger
Sent: Saturday, May 06, 2006 1:33 PM
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bct] Re: Thumb keyboards?


Wow, I must live in the dark ages! I never thought of entering text with your thumbs. It doesn't seem like it would be very efficient to me, and it seems like you'd either have to hold your hand or the device at a really

awkward angle.  I'd also think you'd have more precision, i.e. only
hitting
one key at a time, if you use your finger rather than your thumb.
Interesting.
Lisa Salinger
Renee, Retired Guide and
Joie, Guide/SD
lisasali@xxxxxxxx
Skype: Joies_Mom
http://lisasali.livejournal.com/

----- Original Message ----- From: "Angie Matney" <Angie@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, May 06, 2006 12:20 AM
Subject: [bct] Thumb keyboards?



I'm listening to Robert Carter's SmallTalk podcast. He mentioned that
sighted people would use a thumb to operate a
keyboard like the one on the SmallTalk. And of course, we know that
people
use their thumbs to enter text mesages
with phones, etc. He went on to say that he used his fingers on this
keyboard. I use my fingers on my cell phone, too. I
just can't make myself even try to use my thumb. I think this is
because
for me, using my fingers (especially my index
fingers) is akin to looking at something. So I'd have just as much
trouble
giving that up as a sighted person would have
about not looking at the display. Also, precisely because I don't need
to
look at the display, I can angle the phone
differently. I can see how using the thumb would make sense if you had
to
look at a phone's screen.

So, I'm curious to know: How do others use keyboards like this? Do a
lot
of blind guys do it the way I do? Is it different if
you're a braille reader? Or am I the only one who hasn't caught on to
thumbing? <grin>

Angie







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