The 1968 chorded keyset-revived AGAIN

Doug Engelbart’s original keyset working with an iPad

    Original Chorded Keyset working with the iPad

Words of wisdom from Bill Fenwick

In a meeting today, Bill Fenwick articulated a key point that was also deliberated at Campus 2010 retreat in Trinidad,

“Participation in society in the future requires computer literacy.

Almost all aspects of your life will be limited if you cannot access a computer. This could cause an explosion in the gap between the able bodied and people with disabilities.”

TipTap potential product line can be critical as a possible interface device, particularly for those with use of only one hand, as well as the visually impaired.

The 1968 chorded keyset-revived

Preserving the past to preserve the future

What a perfect day…Rob Stephenson (curator at The Tech Museum) and I met at the Ferry building in SF. While sitting by the dock of the Bay, Rob showed me the new adapter he built for chorded keyset Doug Engelbart gave me to play with.¬† Now Engelbart’s keysets from the 1960-70 work with any computer via USB.

Rob Stephenson, the greatest guy in town
Adapted for Engelbarts Chorded Keyset
Adapter for Engelbarts Chorded Keyset made by Rob Stephenson

Great Adaptations Blog creating TipTapSpeech Community

Blogger Suzanna Stinnett’s launched a user community space for our new iPhone¬† TipTapSpeech on her blog GreatAdaptations. TipTapSpeech is a BETA implementation of Engelbart’s idea of typing by using “chords” or multiple keys simultaneously rather than typing each letter with one key. I hope you will join in the discussion.