Over the past few years, there has been an amazing evolution in keyboard designs. Gone are the days when keyboards had the standard monochromatic colour scheme and came in rectangular shapes. Today keyboards are ergonomically enhanced and come in a number of different shapes and sizes to suit all kinds of tastes. To give you an idea, here are 5 of the funkiest and quirkiest keyboard designs available.
The Datamancer Ergo
Datamancer is known for its innovative and cool customized keyboard designs and one very innovative keyboard in their list is the ‘Datamancer Ergo’. It is essentially an IBM M-15 ergonomic split keyboard that has been converted into a novelty keyboard with violet LED lights, acanthus-leaf patterns in addition to a soft wrist pad for optimum comfort while typing. A perfect combination of the traditional and the modern, this keyboard has keys inspired by old typewriters as well as a button-less touchpad mouse in the centre.
This keyboard is sure to catch the fancy of the Scrabble aficionados amongst us. This design has also been created by Datamancer and most of the keys are actual Scrabble tiles that have been levelled and mounted onto a USB keyboard.
If you miss having your full size keyboard with you wherever you go, this one’s definitely for you. It is a standard full size QWERTY keyboard that you can roll up! It is made of silicon and is completely dust and moisture proof. It also has the option of USB and PS2 connectivity. For those of you questioning the product’s durability, the manufacturer claims that the keyboard can handle up to 15,000,000 key strokes! Mighty good isn’t it?
Is it a keyboard? Is it a mouse? Wait… it’s a combimouse! This pattern combines the features of a keyboard and a mouse into one device. While it is still a prototype and not commercially available, this would certainly be a very beneficial product. The left side of the combimouse will act as a normal keyboard, while the right side can be used interchangeably as keyboard or mouse to suit your convenience.
The Bluetooth Laser Virtual Keyboard
Technology has certainly advanced to unimaginable levels; now you can have a device that projects the image of a keyboard onto a flat surface instead of an actual keyboard. This one connects easily via Bluetooth to PDAs, Smartphones and Computers. It has a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 120 minutes. To top it all, it has a totally futuristic and sleek look thanks to the red laser.