• Log In
  • Sign Up
    • I was visiting an old friend yesterday and he was showing me his office. He's a programmer and was having issues with wrist pain after putting in long hours. he searched up the most ergonomic solution possible for a keyboard and found this: it's called a DataHand.

      This particular unit is older maybe from the late 80s early 90s. They surface on eBay every now and then and you can get a system for about $1,500. Instead of a standard keyboard that gives a lot of resistance to your fingers when you push down, this uses a series of magnets that makes it so that when you push up down left or right it is really easy. My friend describes it like when you are in the middle of working in your in the groove it's almost like a wave. It sounds very poetic to me. He considered it an added bonus that it is Dvorak tile and not Qwerty. To each their own! It sounds intriguing.

      Does anyone here use an alternative keyboard layout or hardware? I find this stuff so fascinating.

    • Not as crazy as your friend but I built myself an Ergodox two years ago that has been in daily use ever since. Ended up transitioning due to the same reasons of wrist pain and numbness. The layout is QWERTY but with various system keys relocated for more ergonomic default system shortcuts. So far it's been a joy.

      The biggest change for me was moving the Ctrl key to the thumb cluster for easy copy/paste as well as having the arrow keys on the JIKL keys (I know not vi friendly). Those two changes were one of the main contributors of my pain and have since resolved.

    • I just can’t see taking this on the road for work. I can only imagine what it would be like to try to get this through airport security. But it is interesting. I had something similar to @Toly ’s design, I think it was a Kinesis. But it actually caused more problems than cure. I’ve been using a Microsoft Natural keyboard for over ten years now and it has a slight “split” to it, which makes a standard keyboard feel like pounding into concrete by comparison. So I’ve been quite happy with the Natural keyboard.

      And of course, you do clean your keyboard regularly. Right? 👇