Tactus Computer Corp. has developed a “revolutionary” computer keyboard that enables computer users, both children and adults, to learn to touch a keyboard “quickly and without effort,” CEO Alberto Sabato told MacCentral. And they’re showcasing it at this week’s National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in San Antonio, TX.
“The Tactus keyboard is probably the most significant innovation since the typewriter was invented and will greatly benefit children learning to touch keyboard,” he said.
In the Tactus Keyboard — which purportedly works with all Macs — certain keys have ridges on the edge of the key. The ridges form two rectangular frames within which the fingers of each hand move. The ridges feel to the finger like tiny walls and provide tactile feedback, which greatly facilitates touch-keyboarding.
The Tactus Keyboard is for adults and children who wish to learn to touch-type and for people with visual impairments. The ridges don’t affect the skilled typist, so the keyboard is suitable for any user, Sabato said. It doesn’t require any software and simply plugs into the computer, via a USB port. Pricing ranges from US $49.95 to $69.95, depending on which keyboard model you get.