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SmartFish Engage Keyboard moves as you type

by Parm Mann on 5 January 2011, 11:51

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There's a fine line between weird and wonderful at the annual CES tradeshow, but US manufacturer SmartFish is hoping to fall into the latter category with the launch of the Engage Keyboard.

Unlike other ergonomic solutions, Engage has a trick up its sleeves - a built-in patented motion system that "studies your typing frequency and makes subtle, comfortable adjustments periodically so your hands and wrists are never in a fixed position".

A keyboard whose radial shape physically alters sounds infuriating, but SmartFish reckons the design can help prevent RSI (Repetitive Stress Injury). Lofty claims, but then the company behind the product was founded by a chiropractor and the Engage Keyboard was developed in collaboration with New York's Hospital for Special Surgery, so who are we to argue?

The keyboard itself looks to be very well designed and includes a dedicated numpad, but caring for your health rarely comes cheap. In this case, the Engage Keyboard commands a $149.95 asking price.


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“studies your typing frequency and makes subtle, comfortable adjustments periodically so your hands and wrists are never in a fixed position”

Sure, pull the other one. More like “moves the keyboard in and out in a ‘random’ pre-programmed (and likely highly irritating) fashion”

Novelty junk.
Can see them getting some big contracts with offices but as a gaming or normal keyboard, not gonna happen.
I can also see this being very annoying, it also seems to require more space than most other keyboards
Was anyone else's first though “It's not a bug, it's a feature”?
Got a MS Natural don't think i'd ever spend that much on a keyboard especially since ergonomics already reduce strain just from there design.

Stretching your fingers every now and then and taking an odd break here and there will be better then having to shift about for this keyboard. With the money you'd save not getting it you could get a sweet chair instead.