A new ergonomic mechanical keyboard called the X-Bows has been launched by Kickstarter this week with the aim of raising CA$40,000 to go into production.A new ergonomic mechanical keyboard called the X-Bows has been launched by Kickstarter this week with the aim of raising CA$40,000 to go into production.
The development team based in Toronto Canada have designed a unique layout to provide a keyboard that allows you to type faster, for longer and is being marketed as an evolution in keyboards.
If you spend your work days in front of a computer, you have likely felt some discomfort after a long day of typing. While spending less time on our computers would be the ideal remedy for this problem, that is not a realistic solution for most people. X-Bows was designed to limit the stress on your hands and wrists while also providing a productive and stylish typing experience.
X-Bows was designed with three criteria in mind:
• Enhancing the comfort and ergonomics of the keyboard
• Limiting the learning curve for our new layout
• Creating an attractive design
X-Bows is not the first ergonomic keyboard ever created. Plenty of people have identified that the keyboard layout that we use could be dramatically improved. The biggest impediment to these keyboards gaining broader acceptance is that they require users to learn a whole new layout. Busy people inevitably get frustrated and revert back to their old keyboard when they need to work faster. Despite best intentions, a lot of ergonomic keyboards end up in a drawer never to be used again.
With X-Bows, we were dedicated to making that learning curve as manageable as possible. The letter keys have not moved from their QWERTY layout. Your right index finger is still hitting “J” and your left ring finger is still responsible for typing “W”. You don’t need to memorize a new key layout, your hands already know where all of the letters are on X-Bows.
The keys that we did move- ENTER, Backspace, ALT and Control- can also be found on the right side of the keyboard. We call these our “training wheel keys”. While we think that the keys in the middle are more convenient, as you’re beginning to type on X-Bows, it is no problem if you find yourself reaching for the backspace in the top-right. They are there while you adjust. Since X-Bows’ keys are fully remappable, once you find yourself no longer needing these training wheel keys, you can program them to become shortcuts or macros; increasing your productivity even further!
Jump over to the official Kickstarter campaign page via the link below to make a pledge from CAD$120 per super early bird backers with shipping expected to take place during December 2017.
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