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A completely integrated programmable command center with the functions of a keyboard & mouse housed in a pair of wireless controllers

TALONS 1.618 

U.S. Patent #8,405,615-B1  Issued: 26MAR2013

Game On!

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For serious gamers, the keyboard is much more than a series of numbers and letters. Its design and functionality is an essential part of enjoying the win.

We are proud to present Talons 1.618, a keyboard like no other, featuring a never-seen-before combination of ergonomic design and programmable keystroke options.

Although specifically created for enhanced game play, Talons 1.618 is uniquely adaptable to the medical and financial industries or to any work that requires long hours at the computer.

Reduce Repetitive Keystrokes - User may program any key to emulate up to 10 keystrokes with on-board macros created on the fly or through the use of a virtual GUI. 

Gain Time - The integrated trackball and mouse functions mean no more wasting time moving hands back and forth between keyboard and mouse

Trackball & Mouse Buttons - Actual Photo
Trackball & Mouse Buttons - Actual Photo

Personalize Play - Unique split design allows keyboard units to be arranged for comfort and convenience

Fly Free - Record macros on the go

Pack-and-Go-Design - is wireless and portable with built in memory

Decrease Stress - Ergonomic construction reduces stress to arms, neck and back

Attention Gamers!

Totally immerse yourself in the game with all keys and commands right at your fingertips.

D-Pad with action buttons and scroll wheel - Actual Photo
D-Pad with action buttons and scroll wheel - Actual Photo

Optimize fight sequences to maximize damage per second.

Increase your speed by reducing multiple keystrokes into just one push of one button.

Reduce desk clutter and relax. There is no need to hunch over your desk when the units are mounted on the arms of your chair.

With mounting flexibility, your desk now has plenty of space for other items such as maps, guides etc.

Be the envy of your friends. No other keyboard can touch the functionality of this one.

For the Financial Analyst/Data Entry/Medical Coder Your productivity and accuracy are increased.

Now you can record macros for commonly used codes, thereby reducing keystraokes.

You’ll type the correct sequence every time and you can specify how long a key is depressed as well as the time delay between key sequences. 

GUI - Virtual Keyboard can also be used for programming macros
GUI - Virtual Keyboard can also be used for programming macros

Sit back and relax, no need to hunch over your desk when the units are mounted on the arms of your chair.

Gain flexibility. Your desk is now your command center and clear, leaving room for other items such as manuals, references, research, audits, paperwork etc.

Record macros on the fly for new codes or tasks.

Move effortlessly around the screen with immediate access to mouse function via the trackball and dual sets of mouse buttons.

Number keys are conveniently located under hand rests so that trackball, mouse functions, and arrow keys are all useable in one hand position

Technical Details

Model: Talons 1.618

Hardware Platform: pc

Input Device: Keyboard, Trackball, Scroll Wheel, D-Pad

Form Factor: External

Connectivity Technology: Wireless

Button Quantity: 97 total, 86 programmable

Profiles: 3 user defined, 1 standard keyboard layout

Macros: 10 commands per button, 40 buttons per profile

Minimum system requirements: Microsoft Windows Vista/XP

Certifications: CE and UL

Weight: 2.8 pounds

Development Story

The idea for Talons originally started to form back in 2007 when I was playing a lot of online MMORPG games.  I had been working in the business world for a couple of years in finance so I was spending an inordinate amount of time on the computer.  My arms and shoulders would get sore from the uncomfortable positions and my hands were going numb from being on the raised keyboard for prolonged periods of time.  I also thought wouldn't it be great to sit back and relax like that certain captain of the most successful TV Sci-fi series that we all admired?

I began looking around at other keyboard designs, some of which were pretty extreme but none of them seem to do the job.  So I began sketching and thinking of what I would want in a keyboard and how I would want it positioned. 

Unfortunately, Talons was put on the back burner for a little while when I accepted a job offer in Florida which required relocating my family and settling into a new home. 

A short time after arriving in Florida I met a good friend who I call a serial entrepreneur.  He had developed a number products and new the patent process very well.  With his help I began drafting a patent for Talons and also began the process of finding a team to help me build Talons. 

The first step was to file for a Provisional Patent which would do two things.  First, the patent would protect the idea during its development.  Second, it would establish prior artwork and give legal precedence over any subsequent filings.  The provisional patent is a simplified process the patent office created to allow inventors to record their patents. Below you can seen a copy of my original artwork. 

Provisional Patent Artwork
Provisional Patent Artwork
Provisional Patent Artwork 2
Provisional Patent Artwork 2

The next step was to begin filing for a Non-Provisional patent which provides full protection under the U.S Patent Laws.  This is a very long process that requires a lengthy technical and legal filing.  We contracted a Patent Attorney to perform a patent search to make sure we would not be infringing on someone else's patent and then had them draft and file the patent for Talons.  Due to the backlog at the patent office it takes around three years to receive the final patent.  It's worth the wait because it comes with a nice red ribbon.

U.S. Patent #8,405,615-B1  Issued: 26MAR2013
U.S. Patent #8,405,615-B1 Issued: 26MAR2013

Design Process

Once the patent search had been performed we were reasonably sure there was nothing out there like Talons in development.  So, during the three year waiting period we began to design and build the first prototype.  We contracted with an electronics manufacturing firm and over the course of the next year and half ironed out the final form, electronics requirements, software requirements and mechanical requirements for Talons. 

The form design went through a number of iterations until we were comfortable that each part, circuit card and wiring would fit into just the right space and that the final form and functions provided the benefits we desired.    

Form
Form

From the overall design the Hardware and Mechanical requirements were designed.    

Schematics were created for each electronic part and integrated into a master schematic.

Electronics Schematics
Electronics Schematics

The Software requirements were diagramed and then the code was written to perform each individual function and to provide for the overall operation of the units. 

Finally everything was integrated and mapped out in a 3D production design module. 

Once all of schematics, blue prints, and CAD drawings were complete the fabrication of the prototype started and Talons began to emerge.

Finally in late 2010, Talons awoke and blinked its beady orange eyes...

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Production Plan

To date we have completed the proof of concept phase and have constructed a fully functional prototype. 

We have full production schematics and are ready to begin production.  

The following table outlines the remaining steps required to bring Talons to market. 

The remaining steps are to perform a beta test using soft molds and then setup a full production line using injection molds. 

PreProduction Process
PreProduction Process

Beta tests are small production runs that are used as a final evaluation before full production begins. We have opened up the beta test to 10 donors at the Beta Tester level. The beta test will last approximately 5 months. Although there are a limited number of Beta Test Units, the Beta Test Website will be open to all donors regardless of donation level.  We will look to open additional Beta Tester positions once our initial funding target is reached.

Production will begin approximately 10 months after funding.  All necessary elements for production are in place with contracts ready to be signed.  Our production partners meet ISO9001 Quality Assurance Standards.  Also, Talons will be certified under CE/UL requirements to ensure the units meet the highest of quality standards.  

Donors at the Producer Level and above should expect to receive their Talons 1.618 in approximately 12 months after funding. 

Customer Service including shipping, handling, fulfillment, and technical support will be provided under a service contract with one of the top fulfillment companies already identified. 

My contact information is also provided in my bio which has links to my Facebook and Linkdin profiles.

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Just as we need your help to move Talons forward we pledge to Kick it Forward will put 5% of finished product profits back into other Kickstarter projects

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Is The PC dead?
- Definately not. Whether you are sitting down to a few hours of serious gaming or pulling an all-nighter at work, there is still no substitute for a computer with a great keyboard.

Production Risks
- There are many risks in taking new products into production. The key is to have business parnters that can help anticipate problems and find solutions quickly. We have mitigated these risks by fully developing a prototype that is production ready. Our production parnters have extensive experience setting up new production lines for electronics and technology products that meet ISO9001 Quality Assurance Standards.

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