New Standard Keyboards aim to undo QWERTY

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This new keyboard definitely confuses for a second. It is the New Standards Keyboard created by John Parkinson because “things that make no sense have always bugged me.” At first glance, this looks even worse than a QWERTY keyboard, but when you study key placement, it actually makes some sense. All of the alphabet keys are in alphabetical order, the arrow keys are directly in the center, each thumb has its very own space key, and there are only half as many keys here than on a QWERTY keyboard.

The problem with this keyboard is that the QWERTY model has been around for over 130 years, and no one has been able to change it for that amount of time. It isn’t a matter of just making a useful keyboard and selling it. In order for it to be successful, it has to be implemented in businesses, homes, and most importantly schools. Schools because that is where students are taught to have the QWERTY keyboard model programed into their brains. It is too bad that this highly original and innovative product might not ever come to see the light of day. — Nik Gomez

New Standard Keyboard [via New York Times]

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