With the evolution of computers came the deterioration of our bodies. In addition to bad posture, we suffer in our hands and wrists, shoulders and necks. Think about back and forth your neck does in an average day going from keyboard to screen and back. Sure, ergonomic solutions exist for certain elements of PC use, but the keyboard-monitor shuffle with the neck still remains a problem. In reality it will remain a problem until the keyboard – relatively unchanged since inception – takes a new form.
Dov Moran, inventor of the USB flash drive, had the same dilemma finding himself constantly looking back and forth. So he did something about it. Welcome to Smartype, a keyboard with built in screen. It displays the last line you typed – while also displaying it on your monitor. It reduces the need to look back and forth at what you typed, relieving neck strain and eye strain. And theoretically you become more productive as you maintain focus on the keyboard versus the back and forth to the monitor. Although currently only available in Israel, Smartype is expected in more countries soon, with an estimated price of $100. Conceptually it makes sense, but let’s see what the market says once launched worldwide. Interested? Visit thesmartype.com for news or to sign up for email alerts once widely available.