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Hardware Overview: Half-Qwerty Keyboard

Closeup of Half-Qwerty Keyboard
The Half-QWERTY Keyboard is a standard desktop keyboard that allows those with limited or no use of one hand to continue typing with the other hand in an easy and natural manner.

The typing technique is similar to the standard two-handed touch-typing technique. You place your hand where it would normally be if you were touch-typing-that takes care of that half of the keyboard. To type the letters of the other half, you hold down the space bar with your thumb and do the same finger movement that you would normally do with the other hand. Thus you can type with one hand while letting the injured hand heal.


Closeup of Half-Qwerty Keyboard
Used in conjunction with a Braille display, Half-QWERTY allows blind and visually impaired persons to read what they type as they are typing it, much as a seeing person would.

With practice, Half-QWERTY typists can expect to reach speeds of between 61% and 91% of those achievable by two-handed typists. Typing speeds as high as 64 words per minute have been recorded. If you are a trained touch typist, you can learn Half-QWERTY in a matter of minutes with little or no retraining.


Company Information

The Half-QWERTY Keyboard is produced by Matias, a Canadian company that makes keyboards and other computer-related products.