Mastering the art of typing is essential for general office work and other data inputting jobs. When the typewriter was invented, the average typing speed that a person can do is approximately 40 words per minute (wpm); however, the world record speed was held by Carole Bechen in 1959 on a manual typewriter and he typed 176 wpm. On an electric typewriter Stella Pajunas holds the record back in 1946 as she punched 216 wpm on an IBM machine and her record has never been broken even by modern computer keyboards. Can you believe it?! The fastest man on a personal computer is Gregory Arakelian typed 158 wpm in 1991 using his personal computer, Stella Pajunas could give him a head start of 50 words but he’ll still fall behind after 3 minutes. So what do these world records tell us? Ergonomics. Yes, ergonomics! The study of people’s efficiency in their working environment and fortunately the Buzzy Keyboard might help in setting a new speed record.
The Buzzy keyboard was designed by Ray McEnaney in an effort to address the many medical issues related to the use of computer keyboards in decades since. One example is the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome which causes numbness in the arms and hands of the user, McEnaney hopes that with his efficient keyboard design, there will be a significant improvement with these types of disease. But McEnaney did not just envisioned to help cure related diseases and he wanted people to excel in typing speed and efficiency as well. Before he created the Buzzy keyboard, McEnaney had a great deal of difficulties in using the old QWERTY keyboard making him inefficient and inaccurate. With this he discovered a flaw on QWERTY keyboards and that is the way the keys are arranged is in itself inefficient, so he overhauled it and came up with the ingenious idea about the Buzzy keyboard.
This BeeRaider keyboard is also known as the “bee in flight,” where the keyboard layout is somewhat like a flying bee with two wings, thus the name. As McEnaney designed it, he put the useful key letters on the center which will make it easy to locate them when you’re typing. He also put the letter keys on either side of the center keys so that you won’t press it unintentionally. He made certain that the angles of the placement of your hands and fingers are within reach stretching out from the center keys, so you won’t strain yourself in typing and in due time, learn to type faster and with near perfect accuracy. If you’re used to the old QWERTY keyboard like me, then you may find the Buzzy keyboard a bit confusing; however, after a week or so you will get the hang of it and I promise you, it’s quite fun to use it. I might even switch from my old keyboard to this one soon.
As you go on using the Buzzy keyboard you will notice a big change in your typing skills which will soon turn into your typing habit. We’ll be expecting great news following its development, and who knows?! You could be the next one to break the typing speed record! But according to Kristy Snyder, a cognition and cognitive neuroscience researcher at Vanderbilt University, changes of keyboard layout won’t guarantee improvements in your typing skills, since people vary in their habits of exposing themselves to their computers. Maybe you could train yourself to use the Buzzy keyboard first and then master between a week to a month or so. You’ll find it convenient to do just about anything on your computer, from basic documents, spreadsheets, video and audio editing and graphics.
The Buzzy keyboard will cost $112.49 for pre-orders, you can also avail BeeRaiders keyboard from your mobile phone, it only functions with Android phones and the app of BeeRaider will cost $1.92. This could be the best high-end ergonomically compliant keyboard to date and it’s going to be cheaper once it’s out there in the market.