Monthly Archives: October 2011

Book examines lack of functionality in design of QWERTY keyboard

The Design of Everyday Things (formerly entitled The Psychology of Everyday Things) by Donald Norman discusses the issue of design and functionality of everyday objects and the frustration – and worse – that can arise when objects are ill-designed and not user-friendly.

From taps and doors to computers and aeroplane cockpits, Norman (2002) provides examples of poorly designed objects and the impact on the user; ranging from mere annoyance to tragic injury and even death.

One of the products he discusses is the QWERTY (also known as Sholes) keyboard, the standard keyboard used with most computers. He outlines the deficiencies of the keyboard and its inappropriateness in the modern world, requiring faster keying speeds and designs that are comfortable for the hands and wrists.

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Don’t just take our word for it

Of course we think that Maltron keyboards are the best thing since the computer.  But don’t just take our word for it.  Check out these Maltron product reviews:

  • From Joe, a court reporter who’s been using the same Maltron keyboard since 1986 (his blog was posted in 2005), and who has mastered the keyboard to the extent that he can now type in real-time.
  • From Karl, a computer programmer who not only used a Maltron keyboard to write a book but has also been able to facilitate his career without sacrificing his love of playing music.
  • This Maltron owner who reveals the outcome of his comparison between the Maltron keyboard and another ergonomic keyboard.
  • ‘Answer 5’ on this RSI website who adds his endorsement and quotes that 600 sufferers worldwide from RSI are back to work now thanks to the Maltron keyboard.

Maltron keyboards are designed for anyone who wants to avoid or minimise the effects of Repetitive Strain Injury and for people who are unable to use both or one of their hands.

Have you used the Maltron keyboard?  We’d like to hear from you!  Add your product review to the comments section below.

And if not, contact us to order your Maltron keyboard today.

A solution for disabled or injured workers!

One in five Australians has a disability

The Australian Bureau of Statistics 2009 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) revealed that approximately one in five Australians, or 4 million people, have a disability.

87% of those 4 million people have a specific limitation or restriction; that is, an impairment restricting their ability to perform communication, mobility or self-care activities, or a restriction affecting employment or schooling.

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