Computers & Mobile
The sound of one hand programming

Gosh, I love the resourcefulness of our readers. MAKE subscriber Matt Daughtrey writes:

My left arm has been recently sidelined by surgery. I’m a developer and wanted to keep my productivity as high as possible during my recuperation, so here’s an approach to one-handed touch typing that others might find useful.

With a little Sugru, some ShapeLock, a cannibalized wireless USB keyboard, and the Auto Hotkey program, Matt was able to create a three-button keypad to trigger a “mirror mode” on his regular keyboard so that he can touch-type with his “good” hand while the other hand recovers from the surgery.

He explains how it works:

The left side of the keyboard is mirrored onto the right-side keys and the idea is that the muscle memory you developed for your left hand when you learned touch typing maps over to your right hand without too much trouble. You can switch between the normal right side of the keyboard (‘YUIOP’ etc) to the mirrored side (‘QWERTY’ etc) with the click of a designated button. And it works!

One Handed Keyboard


Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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