Keybowl Inc. just released a new version of their orbiTouch “keyless keyboard”. The device provides full keyboard and mouse function with no finger or wrist motion by using color-coded rings on two ergonomically-sculpted domes to produce character input. The orbiTouch creates a keystroke when you slide the two domes into one of their eight respective positions. You type the different characters by sliding the domes to create letters and numbers.
The orbiTouch was designed for people unable to comfortably use a traditional keyboard and mouse, and is targeted at the millions of computer users who have limited hand use from repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, neuro-muscular control problems, accidents, and limitations resulting from other injuries.
It’s an intriguing option for those seeking a new input device. Like any radical change from the standard QWERTY keyboard, it will likely take some time and patience to master it and become proficient enough for everyday use. The device includes a tutorial and games to help you learn to use it.
The retail price is $399 – expensive for a keyboard/mouse, but on par with other ergonomic alternate input devices.