Three years of experimenting resulted in a production-ready keyboard that can be operated with either the left or the right hand, but always requires the use of just a single hand. Starting in November 2018, the first 1,000 pieces are available for 160 €.
Mr. Drory, how did you come up with the idea for a one-handed keyboard?
Mattheaus Drory: I believe the best ideas are the result of personal needs and challenges. I've been using computers since childhood and was never truly satisfied with the latest available standard keyboards. When I started working on a solution three years ago, I met people with physical disabilities of the arm and hands. The large number of people affected by this is alarming. This realization prompted me to make TiPY my top priority. There is a great demand for a new well-thought-out concept that truly provides a complete input device solution.
What are the advantages of TiPY for users?
Drory: TiPY can do everything a standard keyboard can, plus much more but is designed to be operated using only one hand. Whether you write texts, make formatting changes and edit charts or use keyboard shortcuts - TiPY lets you do all that with just one hand.
There are physical limitations as far as typing speed is concerned. You can only press one key at a time. TiPY is designed to accomplish the same things with one hand as you can with a standard two-handed keyboard. And yes, it totally works.
TiPY enables you to type and control the mouse at the same time, as well as use other optional devices, such as digital pens or other digital input devices for example. Previous standard keyboards forced you to repeatedly take your hand off the keyboard, which makes you lose time during all steps.
What’s more, TiPY is also the first keyboard that can be used with either your left or your right hand.
For the first time ever, the new direct key input makes it possible to accommodate twelve languages on one keyboard. TiPY allows users to fluently type Danish, German, English, Finnish, French, Icelandic, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish and Spanish characters.