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/
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.
-----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>
Sent: Saturday, May 06, 2006 12:20 AM
Subject: [bct] Thumb keyboards?
peopleI'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 thatbecauseuse 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 istroublefor me, using my fingers (especially my index fingers) is akin to looking at something. So I'd have just as muchtogiving that up as a sighted person would have about not looking at the display. Also, precisely because I don't needtolook at the display, I can angle the phone differently. I can see how using the thumb would make sense if you had5/4/2006look 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>
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