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Touch-type with just one hand on the Half-QWERTY 508 Keyboard from Matias. Designed for one-handed individuals, or those suffering from hemiplegia, carpal tunnel syndrome, or other hand-related injuries, the Half-QWERTY is compliant with Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act, which requires that Federal agencies' electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities.
The Half-QWERTY typing technique is very 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. Tapping the space bar still types a space. The relative finger movements used for one-handed typing are the same as those used for two-handed typing. So if you're currently a touch-typist, you already know them. You should be typing one-handed in a matter of minutes.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other typing-related injuries don't always occur in both hands. In cases where only one hand is affected, you can type with the other hand, while the injured one heals. Half-QWERTY's innovative "skill transfer" design makes the transition fast and easy. And when your injury heals, use the Half-QWERTY Keyboard as a standard desktop keyboard that is used with two hands.
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.
Quick Learning Curve
If you've never learned to type before, learning Half-QWERTY will take roughly the same amount of time it would take to learn standard two-handed touch-typing. However, if you are a trained touch-typist, you can learn Half-QWERTY in a matter of minutes, with little or no re-training. Published empirical research has shown that (on average) a touch-typist can learn Half-QWERTY in 1/3 the time it takes to learn a one-handed chord keyboard. Half-QWERTY's innovative "skill transfer" design makes this possible.
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 (wpm) have been recorded.
Use Either Hand - or Both
The Half-QWERTY Keyboard allows one-handed typing using either hand, or both, just like a standard keyboard. The one-handed typing capability can be switched on or off by the user as desired, using the "Matias" key.
Sticky Keys is a feature that makes typing modifier-key sequences (e.g., capital letters) easier for one-handed typists, in that you no longer have to type the modifier (e.g.: Shift, Control, Alt) and the key being modified simultaneously. You can type them in succession. Depressing and releasing a modifier key once makes it active for the next key typed. Pressing it twice locks it until it is unlocked by pressing the modifier again.
For easy reference, the surface of each key is clearly labeled with all of the characters and functions of both regular and one-handed typing modes.
International Layout Support
Non-US keyboards are a little different. They have an extra key in the lower left corner (right next to the Shift key). While the Half-QWERTY Keyboard doesn't have this extra key (it's a US layout), it will let you do this key by typing double-Shift-Z. The keyboard can also be remapped to whatever layout is standard in your country, by simply choosing the desired layout from the appropriate control panel on your computer.
In the Box
Matias Half-QWERTY 508 Keyboard for One-Handed Typing