Well, this looks gimmicky! But upon closer inspection, it makes ergonomic sense. And when you consider that the QWERTY keyboard system, to which we are still bound, was designed for a bygone mechanical typewriter age and hasn’t changed since its 1878 patent, maybe it is time to rethink how we type by putting useless keys out of our way.
The BeeRaider keyboard has a formation of keys that almost looks like a bee hovering in flight, with two ‘wings’ of keys positioned around a radial centre section. The natural logic of this typing method lies in the arrangement of the letters. To reduce fatigue and time wasting, the more frequently used keys are in the middle of the keyboard, with those less frequently used (such as Q, X and J) towards the outside of the board.
Likely though most people still think this is an unnecessary gimmick. But it could be revolutionary for those people who do not yet know how to touch type, such as children, or people in developing economies. The intuitive design could allow people to learn typing with ease (with Es being easier to reach, haaahaa), and then to learn to type more words per minute.
The design is innovative, and so far in life I’ve found there is a lot we can learn from the bees: noble work ethic; order; dedication; excellent communication (on where to find pollen, and where they are located when busily working away from the hive); teamsmanship; strong leadership (from their Queen); and honeybees also waggle and dance to mate. Indeed their waggle dance won a Nobel Prize, so maybe mimicking their flight as we type could bring some merit. Biomimicry!
The characters highlighted in blue are those characters, which occur most frequently in the English language. This means that when typing a document, a user’s fingers will travel to this area of the keyboard more frequently than other areas of the keyboard. These keys are therefore arranged so that they are closest to a user’s index fingers. Remember, the index fingers are the most dexterous of the digits. This facilitates speed of typing. The next most frequently typed characters are highlighted in red above. These can be thought of as being positioned on the second concentric circle, which has the central-hub (bee’s brain) at its centre. Likewise, concentric circles can be imagined for the W, R, B, and N keys (3rd concentric circle) and the X, L, M, J keys (4th concentric circle) respectively.