Subject: FAQ: Typing Injuries (3/5): Keyboard Alternatives [monthly posting]

    The DragonWriter 1000 can recognize (you guessed it) 1000 words at a

    Dragon's technology is also part of the following products
    (about which I have no other info):

        Microsoft Windows Sound System (Voice Pilot)
        IBM VoiceType
        Voice Navigator II (by Articulate Systems -- for Macintosh)
        EMStation (by Lanier Voice Products -- "emergency medical

Half-QWERTY     (Canada) 416-749-3124
    The Matias Corporation
    178 Thistledown Boulevard
    Rexdale, Ontario, Canada
    M9V 1K1


    Supports: Mac and PC (but, not Windows)

    Demo for anonymous ftp:

    Price:   $129.95 (higher in Canada, quantity discounts available)
    Shipping: Now.

    This thing is purely software.  No hardware at all.

    The software will mirror the keyboard when you hold down the space
    bar, allowing you type one-handed.

IBM Speech Server Series (ISSS)                                            
    IBM Corporation.                                                       
    Phone: Contact your IBM sales rep or call 800-772-2227.                

    Shipping: Now.                                                         
    Price: Starts around $5000 for a stand-alone system                    
    Platform: Client-server architecture.  Server runs on an RS/6000.      
              Client can be either an RS/6000 or a PC running OS/2.        

    ISSS supports a 30,000 word dictionary.  It's speaker-dependent,       
    so requires training (1-2 hours).                                      

    ISSS recognizes US and UK English, French, German, and Italian.        

    ISSS can control any X or OS/2 application, and supports user-         
    customizable profiles for macros.  A developer's API is also available.

    Dictation rates of 70-100 words per minute are possible with 95-99     
    percent accuracy, including a model of the language to disambiguate    
    words such as "to", "two", and "too".                                  

IN3 (in-cube) Voice Command
    Command Corp, Inc.
    3675 Crestwood Parkway
    P.O. Box 956099
    Duluth, GA   30136-9502, U.S.A.

    Voice: 404-925-7950
    FAX:   404-925-7924
    CIS: 75120,431

    Contact: Brantley Kelly <>;

    Platforms: Sun Sparc (SunOS or Solaris) and MS Windows 3.1.
    Price: $495 (Sun), $179 (MS Windows)

    For Sun, IN3 provides a complete navigation solution, including
    voice macros.  A developer API is also available.  The native Sparc
    audio is used for input.  IN3 can be found on Sun's Catalyst CDware.

    For MS Windows, IN3 provides a solution similar to the Sun.  Most 8 and
    16 bit audio cards are supported.  A developer API is also available.
    Windows 3.1 and a 386 or better processor are required.  Demos can be
    found on Compuserve, America On-Line, and various
    archive site and BBS systems.

Kurzweil        617-893-5151
    Fax: 617-893-6525

    Kurzweil Applied Intelligence, Inc
    411 Waverley Oaks Road
    Waltham MA 02154

    Contact: Joe Murphy

    The Kurzweil system is a voice recognition system which interfaces
    with PC compatibles.  For $6000, you get a board which will support
    50,000 words -- 10K user defined and 40K from a 200K word dictionary.
    The system is reported to attempt speaker-independence through
    continuously adapting voice models.  This requires about 12 mbytes
    of disk space to store its state, however.

    MS-DOS is supported.  Windows is not, as yet.  Requires 486DX/33
    with 32 mb RAM.

Microwriter AgendA (U.K.) (+44) 81 715 1023 (voice or FAX)

    Microwriter Services Ltd
    Unit 1
    Seaforth Works
    Rear of 8-12 Seaforth Avenue
    New Malden
    Surrey KT3 6JP

    (Info from Carroll Morgan <>;)

    The AgendA is a personal desktop assistant (PDA) style machine.  You
    can carry it along with you.  It has chording input.  You can also
    hook it up to your PC, or even program it.

    It costs just under 200 pounds, with 128K memory.

    [Apparently they are in some form of bankruptcy right now.
    Anybody have any more info?]

The Minimal Motion Computer Access System       508-263-6437
    508-263-6537 (fax)

    Equal Access Computer Technology
    Dr. Michael Weinreigh
    39 Oneida Rd.
    Acton, MA  01720, U.S.A.

    Price: InfoGrip-compatible: "a few hundred dollars" + a one-handed Bat
          For their own system: $300 (DOS software) + "a few hundred

    Shipping: these are custom-made, so an occupational therapist would
          make moulds/do whatever to make it for you.  You can buy one now.

    Supports: PC only, although the InfoGrip-compatible version might
          work with a Mac.

    In a one-handed version, there is exactly one button per finger.  In a
    two-handed version, you get four buttons per finger, and th thmbs
    don't do anything.  You can also get one-handed versions with three
    thumb buttons -- compatible with the InfoGrip Bat.  Basically, get it
    any way you want.

    They also have a software tutorial to help you learn the chording.

    Works on a PC under DOS, not Windows.  Planning on Macintosh and
    PC/Windows support.  No work has been done on a Unix version, yet.

Octima  (Israel) 972-4-5322844
    FAX: (+972) 3 5322970

    Ergoplic Keyboards Ltd.
    P.O. Box 31
    Kiryat Ono 55100, Israel

    (info from Mandy Jaffe-Katz <RXHFUN@HAIFAUVM.BITNET>;)
    A one-handed keyboard.

Twiddler        516-474-4405, or 800-638-2352
    141 Mt. Sinai Ave.
    Mt. Sinai, NY 11766

    Chris George (President)

    Shipping: now.

    Price: $199.

    Supports: PC only.  Mac and X Windows in the works.

    The Twiddler is both a keyboard and a mouse, and it fits in one hand.
    You type via finger chords.  Shift, control, etc. are thumb buttons.
    When in "mouse" mode, tilting the Twiddler moves the mouse, and mouse
    buttons are on your fingers.

    The cabling leaves your normal keyboard available, also.

    Most applications work, and Windows works fine.  DESQview has trouble.
    GEOWorks also has trouble -- mouse works, keyboard doesn't.


Thanks go to Chris Bekins <>; for providing
the basis for this information.

Thanks to the numerous contributors:

Doug Martin <>;
Carroll Morgan <>;
Wes Hunter <>;
Paul Schwartz <>;
Dan Sorenson <>;
Chris VanHaren <vanharen@MIT.EDU>;
Ravi Pandya <>;
Leonard H. Tower Jr. <>;
Dan Jacobson <Dan_Jacobson@ATT.COM>;
Jim Cheetham <>;
Cliff Lasser <cal@THINK.COM>;
Richard Donkin <>;
Paul Rubin <phr@napa.Telebit.COM>;
David Erb <>;
Bob Scheifler <>;
Chris Grant <>;
Scott Mandell <>;
John Darragh <>;
Russell Nelson <>;
John Lamp <>;
Paul Roossin <>;

and everybody else who I've probably managed to forget.

The opinions in here are my own, unless otherwise mentioned, and do not
represent the opinions of any organization or vendor.
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