Replace the 1873 QWERTY with the 2018-Patented Kwik Keyboard
Advantages of the Kwik Keyboard
It is much easier for visually impaired and blind people to learn to use the Kwik Keyboard than it is for them to learn to use the terrible QWERTY.
- The Kwik Keyboard alphabet keys are in a fingertip pattern
- Vowels are under the fingers in the “Home” position
- Consonants are arranged for convenience based on the Cornell University Frequency of Use Table
- Columns of keys have round bottom channels so fingers do not get lost going up one row or down one row
- “Home Position” keys have slight spherical depressions
- Microsoft Windows 10 software includes a Narrator app that speaks each letter of the alphabet as it is typed as feedback to the blind user. As typing speeds increase, the mode can be set to pronounce words instead of letters.
To access Narrator, press and hold the Windows logo key + Ctrl + N +2.
The Kwik Keyboard is destined to become the de facto standard.
According to calculations based on the Cornell University frequency of use table, approximately 52 percent of alphabet keystrokes can be typed with the fingers in the “Home” position and 97.75 percent of alphabet keystrokes can be typed using the center “Home” row and the row above.
There is a need for an improved keyboard.
Christopher Latham Sholes invented the QWERTY keyboard for mechanical typewriters in 1873. The arrangement of the letters was not for efficiency. For example, the letter “J” is under the right hand index finger in the home position but only “Z” is used less often than “J”. QWERTY has keys arranged in straight horizontal rows, but finger tips are not arranged in straight horizontal rows. To make typing even worse, as the user needs to strike letters in the row above or below the home row, letters are not in convenient vertical columns but staggered which causes more difficulty. Some written articles suggest that it was intentional by Christopher Latham Sholes to slow down the users to reduce the frequency of jammed keys. English speaking people have been burdened with the terrible QWERTY for nearly a century and a half. It takes a lot of practice to be very good at using the QWERTY.
As bad as it is, the QWERTY has remained the de facto standard for 145 years. It will not last another 145 years. After 145 years, it is time to break the mold and start using a much more efficient keyboard.
Older people find it difficult to learn to type with the QWERTY and are eager for a keyboard that is easy to learn and easy to use. For example, when some people try to type a “z” or “x”, their fingers get “lost”.
Techies are ready for a keyboard that offers efficiency instead of one that intentionally hinders efficiency.
This Kwik Keyboard is designed for efficiency and is easy to learn.
- When you place your hands on the Kwik Keyboard with wrists straight, your index fingers create an angle of approximately 60 degrees. Therefore, the Kwik Keyboard has a left-hand section and a right-hand section 60 degrees from each other. Fingers naturally diverge at angles of approximately 4 degrees from each other. Therefore the columns of keys diverge 4 degrees from each other. This arrangement reduces fatigue and reduces contributors to carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Finger tips are not in a straight horizontal line. Therefore, in this design, the keys are in a fingertip pattern. Vertical columns of keys have round bottom grooves that make it easier to find keys above and below the home position.
- The QWERTY keyboard has the shift keys for capital letters in extreme left-hand and extreme right-hand positions which make it difficult for novice typists to use them. Kwik Keyboard has an extra shift key in the center – under the thumbs which makes it easier to use capital letters.
- This improved keyboard has a better arrangement of keys. The QWERTY keyboard has the “J” under the right hand index finger but the “J” is used infrequently. Only the “Z’ is used less frequently. The letter used most frequently “E” should be under the right hand index finger
About the Inventor
Frederick T. “Ted” Dykes, Great Falls, Virginia
The inventor grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and attended one year at the University of Maryland. While at U of MD, he received an appointment to the U. S. Air Force Academy. The academy had more than 50,000 applicants that year and accepted fewer than 500 – less than one percent. Following graduation, he was assigned to and graduated from jet pilot training at Craig AFB, Alabama. He flew rescue helicopters in Viet Nam and in Korea after the Navy ship Pueblo was captured by North Korea. In civilian life, Ted worked for defense contractors and managed proposals for defense contracts. He achieved a high win rate and his proposals won more than $1.5 Billion in government contracts.
When Governor George Allen was elected Governor of Virginia, he appointed Ted as one of three Commissioners to run the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Agency with 248 ABC stores and 1040 employees. While at ABC, he reduced the time for wineries to get approval to sell a wine in Virginia from 6 months to 2 days.