Keyboards: out of ordinary

Keyboards come in many shapes - from the simplest computer grey standard 102-key keyboard to variants that seem to come straight out of a Star Trek episode. Here are 10 most unique keyboards ever available in the market.

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The Tidy Typist
The keyboard is hidden inside a decorative, washable tablecloth. The electronic is woven into a fabric, which finds itself between layers of water resistant felt as sandwich material. The soft felt surface makes it a pleasure for fingers to tip - a cosy keyboard.

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The Datahand
This product is aimed for people who get pain in their hands from typing with a traditional keyboard - and that's a good thing. It still looks like a very strange keyboard. It may remind you of the movie Predator with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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The Orbitouch
This one could be a leftover from Area 51, or a prop from the set of any science fiction movie. Wonder how it works? Here's what the manufacturer say: The orbiTouch creates a keystroke when you slide the two domes into one of their eight respective positions. You type different characters by sliding the domes to create letters and numbers. The orbiTouch also has an integrated mouse, so moving the domes gives you full mouse and keyboard capability.

The target group for this keyboard is of course people who have limited or no motion in their fingers or hands, and that's a very good thing - but anyway, it's a weird keyboard.

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The Twiddler 2
It looks to be quite painful to use. According to the testimonials at their site, it will take you A Weekend to learn typing 30 words per minute, so the frogpad wins that round. The Twiddler may actually remind some of you of guitar classes if you have ever taken.

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The frogpad
The frogpad is a tiny keyboard - or it would be more suitable to call it a keypad actually. The manufacturer say that you can get up to 40 words per minute if you practice between 6 to 10 hours with it. No idea as to why is it named as a frogpad? Maybe, due to its colour.

Virtual Laser Keyboard
This laser gadget projects a virtual keyboard on a table or other suitable material, and then interpret your finger movement and pass them on to your PDA or whatever you have it connected to.