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Also, check out this high-tech (and much cheaper!) alternative:

http://www.datacal.com/blank-overlays.htm

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- Sai

On 2/28/08, [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> On 2/28/08, Tristan McLeay <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > This would be hell to type on. Try drawing a keyboard on a piece of
> > paper and putting it on your desk --- it'd feel something like that.
> > Now imagine doing it for more than about ten minutes and I think it
> > would be a recipe for RSI. Bascially, the problem is you don't won't be
> > using your muscles to stop your finger, you say "start moving nice and
> > fast" and have them stop when they reach something hard. In the case of
> > a regular keyboard, there's plenty of reaction time for us to stop them
> > with our muscles after we touch and activate the key. In the case of a
> > touchscreen keyboard, you'd touch and activate the key at the same time
> > as motion is stopped --- there's simply no way to know when to stop the
> > movement! (A lot of people even find laptop keyboards bad for extensive
> > use because they have a lot less travel. I personally don't have a
> > problem with them in that regard.)
> >
> > It's an attractive concept, sure, but if you use it extensively you'll
> > prefer a real keyboard even if it's imperfect.
>
> Totally agreed. Tactile issues are badly overlooked these days.
>
> (Think e.g. iPhone - can you dial the thing blind? Nope. But my
> ubercheapo one, sure.)
>
> How about a combination of:
> a) http://www.virtual-laser-keyboard.com/
> b) a pillow (or other purely nice-to-touch surface)
>
> - Sai
>