Guru’board Adds Pointing Stick, Key Mods to Desktop Keyboards

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Guru’board’s new Miniguru combines a number of different standard technologies to try and improve upon the original keyboard experience.  Its primary goal is to keep users’ fingers on the home row, which makes typing quicker and more efficient.

In addition to putting a trackpoint in the middle of the board, Guru’board adds a modifier key that transforms other keys.  These modifier keys are on either side of the spacebar.  Tap one down, for example, and you turn J, K, L and ; into left arrow, down arrow, right arrow and PgDn. 

It seems like that might be hard to get used to–but don’t fear, since you can change what the keys do.  The keyboard’s software lets you reprogram the keys and functions of the board, and save these changes to the keyboard’s firmware.  That means that the changes would stay independent of which computer into which the keyboard was plugged.

That’s not where the personalization ends, though. Guru’board has launched a Configurator that lets buyers change the color of the keys, the board, remove the pointing stick and even change the type of key the miniboard uses (clicky, tactile or linear mechanical switches).  There’s no price point mentioned yet, but with all of that versatility, chances are that it won’t come cheap.







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