#2274: ShiftKeys

Today’s invention is yet another attempt to alleviate my difficulties with the infernal interface known as the keyboard.

Imagine if the keys were attached to an underlying steel plate by magnets and were each fitted on a tiny cart so that they were capable of being driven rapidly to different positions on the plane (perhaps by altering the magnetic field in the plate).

Craig_Rodway_keys

The keys would move from their default qwerty layout, driven by a predictive-text spellchecker algorithm.

In this way, if my fingers are about to eg end the word ‘unlikely’ with a ‘t’ instead of a ‘y’ the y key could physically push its way under my erring finger, instead of the t.