WAY back in the day, in the early ’90s, my Hypercard programming partner, Peter Sugarman, published a concept piece in Mondo 2000, in my “Street Tech” column, on “keyboard chaps,” a two-piece split keyboard you could strap onto your thighs so you could type just as soon as twiddle your fingers. I’ve seen several attempts over the years at similar systems, but few come as close to Peter’s original concept as these (although these are built into the pants themselves, not strap-ons, like Peter’s design). I STILL want my keyboard chaps!

Pants Status: Keyboarded

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.

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