Thumb-board for the PC?

During a discussion with friends and colleagues over a meal last week someone commented that he can type quicker on the thumb-board of his Blackberry than on the full sized keyboard of his laptop which both amazed me and got me thinking: is there a market for a usb thumb-board peripheral for the PC? Sounds crazy I agree, but maybe all the people addicted to their Blackberries would find such a device useful? I had a search around thinking that somebody must have already done this, but so far haven’t found anything.

6 Comments to “Thumb-board for the PC?”

  1. Darren B 24 December 2007 at 10:39 pm #

    Well, it would be useful but having sat near Bill Barnett recently and watched him touch typing, I think I may be better off doing that than constantly exercising my thumbs! I’d love to be able to touch type, but having tried and gone back to my three-fingered ways, I’m not sure how to learn whilst still continuing to “knock out stuff” at a high rate.

  2. tdroza 25 December 2007 at 6:12 pm #

    Mavis Beacon taught me to type years ago on my Amiga. She’s up to version 16 now on Amazon:

  3. Stuart R 7 January 2008 at 10:55 am #

    One of these perhaps?

  4. tdroza 7 January 2008 at 4:31 pm #

    Good find Stuart,
    I just checked to see if it would work on my N800 but apparently it won’t because you can’t put the N800′s USB port into Host mode and the port isn’t powered.

  5. Mark 15 January 2008 at 5:22 am #

    the Logitech diNovo Mini is coming out in Feb, but for a hefty price. It does have a built in mouse though

  6. didjital01 27 January 2008 at 7:43 am #

    the thing is Microsoft has made a thumb keyboard that works with the Xboc 360 usb controller, but hasn’t released drivers for the PC. Personally I would love it. It sits well in the hands, has potential for games requiring keyboard and mouse, and for times when thumboarding is acceptable it would allow for better posture while using the computer.

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