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Frog Pad One Handed Keyboard - $170
In our opinion the FrogPad is a fun choice for the
TWO HANDED user who likes to play with electronic devices. It is not a good option for a One Hand Typist.
Disadvantages of Using The FrogPad
- The Frog Pad is held in one hand, if you have a disability of the hand, how can you then type with your good hand, and also hold the Frogpad with that same good hand?
- The Frog Pad users we spoke too are all MUCH slower at typing than someone who learned to type with one hand on a normal keyboard.
- Although portable, a Frog Pad it is no more portable than the normal, but mini keyboard we suggest. Also, the user needs to carry their keyboard with them to every job, class, or home they go to, rather than learning to type with one hand and using the normal keyboard all of their two handed peers and employers are already using.
- Once a user is adpet at using a normal keyboard, they are able to type on almost all normal keyboards, regardless of the size. If they become adept at using a Frog Pad, they have no transferable skill and must always carry the FrogPad with then
- If the user becomes adept at using the FrogPad (we have never actually spoken to anyone who gain any real speed with it), the user will - out of nessity still use a normal keyboard often. They will now use two keyboards -- however neither with any speed or skill.
- It is faster to hunt and peck on a normal keyboard than hunting and pecking on a FrogPad, and it is much, MUCH faster to type with one hand on normal keyboard once you have practiced the drills for typing with one hand than trying to type on a FrogPad, see one hand typing on a normal keyboard.
- At the FrogPad user group, users say they only achieved 4 words per minute in 10 hours versus the 40 wpm the FrogPad manufacturers say their users can achieve. The average one hand typist on a normal keyboard
- If FrogPad goes out of business and your FrogPad breaks, how will the One Handed Frog Pad user then type?
Advantages of Using The FrogPad (from their advertisements)
- Portability but no more than the normal, but mini keyboard we suggest
- Shorten learning time compared with the traditional QWERTY layout.
- Faster hunting and pecking on FrogPad from on QWERTY layout
- University studies indicate new users can reach 40 words per minute in 10 hours versus the 56 needed with QWERTY.
I am a one-handed typist. I strongly feel if you have good use of one hand, you must first try to learn a system which enables you to work study, and play on a standard, normal keyboard. In the long run you will type fast and have a skill which you can use at school, work and at play. This one hand typing system is called One Hand QWERTY. This method teaches the one hand user to type on a normal keyboard, with one hand, just as fast as he would on an adaptive keyboard.
Speaking as an adult who once was that 10 year old fighting the stuff that goes on in the mind of a young person with a hand disability, I know it is MANDATORY that you do NOT try alternatives to the standard keyboard if the child has full use of one hand. Child typists and Assistive Technology and Adaptive Keyboards
- Lilly Walters