[AI] Finger-Friendly Keyboard
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Sun Sep 9 11:54:26 EDT 2007
The following article that appeared in Hindu, on 6th
September brings in an expectation of relief.
It can be folded and carried around easily
Photo: M. Govarthan
Affordable too: This soft keyboard is foldable,
light and easy to carry.
SATHYAMANGALAM: Are your fingers tired of
punching one key after another
in the computer keyboard? Having suffered, ever
wondered of an alternative
say, a keyboard that loves your fingers?
Well, the solution is in sight and at hand.
Bannari Amman Institute of
Technology students have come up with a keyboard
using a printed circuit
board, a rubber sheet and fabric that is easy on
D. Gowthami, V. Subanandhini, B. Sahithya and G.
Durga Priyanka, third
year students of the Department of Fashion
Technology, have covered a
printed circuit board with the rubber sheet and
a fabric to come up with a
keyboard. It has a software to go with it as
Ms. Subanandhini says she stumbled upon the idea
while browsing through
the net for an idea for the Futura exhibition.
The exhibition is a
five-day event the Institute organises to
showcase students talents in
science and technology.
The girls then got together and came up with the
keyboard, which weighs
just 240 gm, 600 gm less than the conventional
keyboard. Not only that,
the cost of manufacturing is also less.
On a commercial scale we can manufacture it for
about Rs. 400, says Ms.
Gowthami. A normal keyboard costs around Rs.
The keyboard can be folded, and carried around
easily. The outer fabric
can easily be washed as well. The girls say the
can further fine tune it
have a stain-resistant and wrinkle-free cloth as
They next propose to weave cloth with conductive
silk yarns, so that the
keyboard is of the size of a hand kerchief.
As one hears the girls and begins to experiment
on the keyboard, the
fingers inadvertently, dance around the keyboard
to type thank you, well
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