The 10 worst gadgets so far

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Number 5: Changes in the Pecking Order

Fast Finger Keyboard (2009)

Keyboard designers pay far too little attention to people who can't type--that's the thinking behind the Fast Finger keyboard, which gives timid typists two keyboard layouts: Press the ABC button once, and the keys appear in alphabetical order (as the white labels indicate); press it again to restore the usual QWERTY arrangement (the red labels).

Though Fast Finger still takes a dangerous chance in assuming that users will have memorized their ABCs, it makes no such assumption about their ability to spell essential acronym shortcuts like ASAP ("as soon as possible"), BTW ("by the way"), and CYA ("Canadian Yachting Association"). To speed things along, the keyboard attaches those letter combos (and 9 others) to function keys--and since there are only 12 of them versus 26 letters, you're talking about a lot less hunting before the triumphant peck occurs.

Fast Finger Keyboard

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Republished with permission from PC World. (View original version.)

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