Guest Author - virginia hixson
The EZ Eyes Large Print Keyboard is designed to assist those with vision issues due to age, poor vision, or low light work environments better clarity and accuracy in vision guided keying.
One interesting fact is that everyone at times uses vision guided keying Ė even excellent touch typists. The reason for this is that our proprioceptive sense is not always accurate and fingers get mis-placed. Sometimes this is an initial mis-placement on the keys you use as home base and sometimes it is a misjudgment of distance or position in letter combinations that you donít often use.
When this happens, the quicker the visual cue needed to re-set to a correct letter or home base can be perceived, the quicker you can return to normal posture and keyboard technique.
Myself, I often compose as I type. This means that my mind is neither on hand position or on what is appearing on the screen but is on my inner dialogue. I can go for a few sentences before I notice Iím off a letter or two. Then I have to remember what it was I wrote in order to correct it.The EZ Eyes does not correct for these errors, but does get me more quickly on track.
The keyboard is not beautiful, but does conform to ergonomic easy-to-read standards. The letters are black on yellow (yellow or white on black might be better, but this is pretty good) and 4 times larger than on a standard keyboard.Itís not stylish or beautiful, but is an original and most often, effective.
For most the contrast will be perfect. The letter size and weight is excellent, even for those with very poor vision. At 20/200 (legally blind), the letters are fuzzy but still readable.The keyboard works without special software or set-up but currently only comes in a corded version. It works well with both PC and MAC computers.
This is the simplest version of the low vision keyboards. It is standard length, has the number-pad included on the right (unfortunately moving the mouse further away from center Ė as is standard) and is about 5 inches in depth. The profile is flat, about Ĺ high with legs in the back that can be set if you need a positive tilt (for use in a reclining sit).
The touch is not particularly light, but the feel is smooth and soft. It is pleasant to use.
If your low-light environment is really towards the dark side, and the standard EZ Eyes does not work, there is also a version with an illuminated keyboard. The EZ Eyes is spill-resistant. Many say it is spill proof, but the ad only says resistant.
There are other versions of keyboards for low vision, but I have not tested them. They generally have more gizmos including internet buttons etc, and may or may not suit your needs better. Iíve included some related links in case you wish to look around.