Top 10 weirdest keyboards ever

December 20th, 2006

What would a computer be without a keyboard? I’m one of those people who like to personalize the stuff they’re using everyday, where this could be possible. I think your keyboard would be a good start. Here’s a compilation of the coolest gadgeteering 10 keyboards ever made. I hope you’ll like it. Also check the links in the titles for a complete description of the gadgets as well as for better and more photos.

1. The roll-up keyboard

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These keyboards feature 104 keys in a standard QWERTY layout, but with a nifty twist of being the most portable keyboard seen to date. Simply roll the unit up when you’re done with it! A great tool for laptop users who miss their full-sized KB when on the road, or LAN party warriors looking to lighten their load.

2. The virtual laser keyboard


The I-Tech Virtual Keyboard uses a light projection of a full-sized computer keyboard on almost any surface. Used with PDA’s and Smart Phones, the Virtual Keyboard provides a practical way to do e-mail, word processing and spreadsheet tasks, enabling users to leave laptops and computers at home.

3. The wrist keyboard

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Completely sealed, it can operate in the rain and other harsh environments. A curved back provides a secure and comfortable placement on the wrist. The keyboard layout is optimized to provide alphanumeric entry. Carefully positioned arrow keys ease menu-oriented tasks. The WristPC keyboard comes with an optional wrist strap to provide the capability of attaching it to your wrist.

4.The frogpad


The FrogPad™ mobile keypad with its innovative 20 full-size key layout optimized around the most frequently used characters sets a new standard in information access with superior portability and ergonomics, global adaptability, rapid learning and ease of use. It’s unique patented keystroke algorithms enable it to be used in either a right or left-handed mode and with any international language set.

5. Maltron 3D Ergonomic Keyboard


These fully ergonomic two handed keyboards fit the shape of hands and the different lengths of fingers to reduce movement and tension.

6. The Orbitouch Keyboard


The orbiTouch Keyless ergonomic Keyboard 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 Keyless ergonomic Keyboard also has an integrated mouse, so moving the domes gives you full mouse and keyboard capability!

7. The Tidy Tippist


The marriage of eating and tipping: the decorative tablecloth, made of felt, contains a textile keyboard. The electronic is woven into a fabric, which finds itself between layers of water resistant felt as sandwich material. The soft felt surface makes it a pleasure for fingers to tip – a cozy keyboard.

8. The SafeType keyboard


This well thought at keyboard will allow you to type in a relaxed position, saving you the pain. All that despite its futurist look. The supplementary keypad allows the user to position the 10-key numeric pad with arrow keys anywhere that is most usable and comfortable. It can be on the left or the right, or even in your lap. We are constantly amazed by the tremendous variation in challenges and how people find solutions for their own problems.

9. The Twiddler 2


The Twiddler2 is a pocket-sized mouse pointer plus a full-function keyboard in a single unit that fits neatly in either right or left hand. The Twiddler2 plugs into both keyboard and mouse PS/2 ports (USB port with the PS/2 to USB Adapter) on any computer that accepts standard PS/2 mouse and keyboard (or USB input). Combining major innovations in pointer and keyboard technology, the twiddler is designed to bring renewed enjoyment to current computer users and to attract newcomers to the world of personal computing.

10. The datahand keyboard


The DataHand ergonomic keyboard offers a total of 132 keys (more than even extended flat keyboards) through the use of five key switches clustered around the tips of each of the fingers. With four modes, shifted by the thumbs, hand movement is no longer required to perform keyboard work. Hand support results in the elimination of the major source of muscular-skeletal stress in hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, backs, and necks.

You must admit that these little gadgets are cool, but if you get seen in public with them, you might risk being tagged as a geek ;)

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  1. Fun Bob:

    The Matias Half Keyboard would have been an appropriate addition to this list.

    Personally, I find it cooler than weird. A much more elegant and functional solution than the wrist keyboard and almost none of the retraining required to use the frogpad.

  2. Doug:

    This keyboard needs to be on the list when it gets released:

  3. Etherfast:

    Trust me, it’ll have its separate article ;)

    Related article

  4. Furo:

    I have one of the roll-up keyboards and while it is handy for those in-a-pinch situations or for a server console, no way I’d want to be using it to get any actual work done, or at a lan party. Gaming with it would be pure torture. I keep mine in my large kit that I take to customer sites and have used it many times.

  5. Brandon:

    You forgot the weirdest and most useful keyboard that never made it big: The Fingerworks Fouchstream

    It is believed that Apple bought Fingerworks’ technology to use in their various multitouch devices, including the Macbook Pro touchpads, the new iPhone and the upcoming wide screen iPod video.

  6. mariob:

    I’ve tried the frogpad…it was rather tricky to say the least, but the guy showing it was bloody fast with it!

  7. Derek Martin:

    You totally didn’t mention the Alpha-Grip!! It’s just the sweetest keyboard ever! (except for Optimus, which isn’t in production yet)

  8. 1337 h4xor:

    what about the optimus lcd keyboard????

  9. diógenes-digital:

    I like #7 soooo much!

  10. Pete Olsen:

    I have a Maltron Keyboard and it is awesome. I love it and it has actually really helped my carpal tunnel pain. I really notice when I am forced to use a traditional keyboard, like right now.

  11. Szopjálfaszt:

    Where is the keyboard on the 3rd?

  12. freccs:

    2 keyboards are missing from the top ten.

    my apology ;)

  13. Aubrey:

    How old are you?

  14. Walt:

    1. The roll-up keyboard

    The wife actually bought this one. After getting used to it, it worked out fine. After about six months the rubber around the enter key wore out. Oh well, back to the traditional. It was easy to clean though.

  15. bogus:

    Should be called top ten lamest keyborads.

  16. maha:

    you missed TVS Gold Keyboards, probably the most beautiful keyboards on your fingers. Ask the cult like followers in India, much like the harleydavidsons and The beatles fanatics…

  17. kayla jaime:

    this is so cool not joking

  18. kayla jaime:


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