Google develops and makes available a lengthy keyboard with one row of keys.
The latest practical joke from Google Japan is available as open source files on GitHub.
Joke keyboard ideas have been used in the past by Google Japan to subvert accepted ideas about computer input. The most recent design, the Gboard Stick Version, arranges all of the keys in a single row to allow for more linear hunting and pecking.
It appears Google Japan actually prototyped the long keyboard, as seen in the YouTube video down below. However, there are GitHub files with open source firmware, circuit diagrams, and design drawings so you can assemble the keyboard yourself if you don’t want to wait for Google to produce or sell it in bulk. Because “this is not an officially supported Google product,” the GitHub page is quite clear about this. A 3D printer might be used to create the Gboard Stick Version, according to a blog post from Google Japan on Saturday.
The keyboard is a remarkable 5.25 feet (1,600 mm) long as intended. The initial prototype, according to the manufacturer, was 7.87 feet (2,400 mm) long, if you find that to be excessively long. The keyboard utilises 17 boards in total, including a control board and 16 boards for mounting the keys.
Google Japan jokingly claims that this design makes it easier to identify the appropriate keys when typing, store items, and manage crowded workspaces. The keyboard in Google Japan’s video has an alphabetical arrangement, and the user starts touch typing by learning how far each key is from the left edge. Alternatively, by knowing that P is the 17th key in from the left, it is “simple” to locate P, for instance (the first key from the left is a search button, not A). This is undoubtedly easier than scrounging and picking at keys on a conventional keyboard that are located up, down, left, and right.
You can use the keyboard with a QWERTY or ASCII code layout, according to the keyboard’s page on Google Japan.
This one-row keyboard has many elaborate use cases that are obviously jokes, such as using it to measure your child’s height and retrieve items that have been dropped behind the couch, as a walking stick, or with the “bug-fixing module,” also known as net, which transforms the keyboard into a bug catcher in case you run into bugs while coding (get it?).
However, one alleged advantage that we could genuinely support is the amount of personal space that the keyboard inherently enforces in the workplace and elsewhere:
For years, Google Japan has been using absurd keyboard concepts to advertise the Gboard keyboard app. The Gboard Teacup Version and Gboard Spoon Bending Version are examples of earlier incarnations.