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FingerWorks Offers Replacement PowerBook Keyboard 82

Posted by pudge
from the now-we-just-need-a-drop-in-multi-button-trackpad dept.
JerryKnight writes "FingerWorks, the inventor of TouchStream keyboards such as the LP, is taking pre-orders for a drop-in replacement for the keyboard in a 15" PowerBook G4 that is pretty much the same thing as the LP. Now the beautiful PowerBook can be completely smooth. Words fail to express the enthusiasm felt by me and hopefully anyone else who has used these keyboards. No word on availability. List price: $259." It's called the MacNTouch. Hm.
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FingerWorks Offers Replacement PowerBook Keyboard

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  • But... (Score:3, Informative)

    by 2nd Post! (213333) <gundbear@NoSpam.pacbell.net> on Saturday May 31, 2003 @07:30PM (#6087040) Homepage
    If you're using the mouse, you have one hand (at the most) on the keyboard and the other at the pad; index on the pad, thumb on the button, and let's say your left hand on the keyboard...

    Immediately that means you have a five button mouse at your disposal:

    Click
    Shift-click
    Ctrl-click
    Option-click
    Co mmand-click

    Not to mention chords:
    Shift-ctrl-click
    Shift-command-click
    Sh ift-option-click
    etc, etc, etc.

    So... why is the lack of a right mouse button (ctrl-click, but you know this already, right?) stopping you from using a PowerBook, other than the lack of cash? Is it just an academic excuse not to own a Powerbook? (Oh, it doesn't have a dedicated right mouse button!)?
  • by Baumi (148744) on Saturday May 31, 2003 @08:33PM (#6087293) Homepage
    Not quite, but uControl [gnufoo.org] offers similar functionality: You can scroll via trackpad by pressing the function key (configurable).

    It's mainly a keyboard-remapping software - the trackpad stuff is just an added bonus.
  • Re:great... (Score:2, Informative)

    by Mr. Light Touch (18906) on Sunday June 01, 2003 @10:32PM (#6092768) Homepage
    You can remap the BackSpace/Delete or any other key you like with our gesture editor (still in Beta). If you can put up with about a week's confusion from learning any new key swap, the thumb BackSpace will feel great for the rest of your life!
  • by Mr. Light Touch (18906) on Sunday June 01, 2003 @11:17PM (#6092921) Homepage
    I think the 'cut battery life in half' was a bit of an exaggeration, unless the reviewer's test was on a mini-notebook. We don't have the final specs yet, but the MacNTouch should use less than half as much power as the TouchStream LP, which uses 250mA@5V -> 1.25 Watts/hour. The 15" PowerBook's battery supposedly has a 61 W-hour capacity. You do the math...

    As we're able to reduce the TouchStream LP's power usage, we'll update its tech specs page as well.

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