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- Mar 14, 2014
Please check out my keyboard layouts that I posted based on your ideas. I posted them in the kbd discussion thread.I'm guessing here, but I suspect you do not own a Pandora then?I'm sorry but that's just plain wrong. I've been using handheld keyboards for over a decade now and it's very possible to type with two hands. You just don't type with all your fingers. We should discourage thumb typing because that encourages RSI.I think several of the arguments are a bit 'out there'. Concerns about mapping to Dvorak for example. Dvorak made layouts for a full sized touch keyboard in two, left only and right only handed versions. He never did one designed for 'two thumbs only'. Two handed touch typing on a 125mm thumb keyboard should only be considered by individuals with child-like hands - and even then it will be cramped.
The Pandora/Pyra are designed to be held in the hands with the index fingers on the back under the hinge area and the other fingers supporting the device from underneath. The only digits on top are the thumbs.
If you have a vision of this sitting on a desk and touch typing on it, I'm afraid you're going to be disappointed. I measure the distance from the center of the A key to the center of the L key at 88mm. By contrast, on my desktop keyboard it is 153mm. It is a pocketable handheld device. If you're going to use it on a desk for serious typing, plug in a keyboard, mouse and monitor. The built in keyboard IS a two thumb keyboard.
As for holding a handheld computer and typing on it, I've done that since 1995 so I'm very familiar with that hand posture!