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Frederick T. "Ted" DykesBy Frederick T. "Ted" Dykes
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Frederick T. "Ted" DykesBy Frederick T. "Ted" Dykes
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$21,369
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, February 24 2019 10:20 PM UTC +00:00

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Replace the 1873 QWERTY with the 2018-Patented KWIK Keyboard

The QWERTY arrangement of letters was invented in 1873 for typewriters as the worst arrangement the inventor could devise to slow typists to reduce the frequency of jammed keys.

It is time for the English-speaking cultures to begin to unburden people from the scourge of the QWERTY and to adopt a keyboard designed for efficiency. Techies are eager for a keyboard designed for efficiency instead of the QWERTY designed to impede typing.

We received the patent for the KWIK Keyboard on July 17, 2018. Now we need $50,000 for a production run, to advertise, and promote sales. The USA will be much more efficient with the KWIK Keyboard and we need funds to make it happen. Our target retail price is $49,99 each. 

We will send rewards to our donors 

  •  We will send you KWIK Keyboards that you can keep or sell. 
  • The 30 days for fund raising will pass quickly, so please donate now while it is fresh on your mind. 
  •  We urge you to sell as many as you can to introduce more people to the KWIK Keyboard. 

 We will offer a prize of $10,000 to the first person to win a national typing speed championship with KWIK Keyboard in competition against the QWERTY


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The production model will have a numeric keypad at the far right.

  •   Production Model Dimensions: 41.5 cm by 14.5 cm
  • Featherweight: Approximately one pound
  • USB cable

There is a need for an improved keyboard.

 Christopher Latham Sholes invented the QWERTY keyboard for typewriters in 1873. The arrangement of the letters was not for efficiency. For example, the letter “J” is under the right-hand index finger in the home position but only “Z” is used less often than “J”. QWERTY has keys arranged in straight horizontal rows, but finger tips are not arranged in straight horizontal rows. To make typing even worse, as the user needs to strike letters in the row above or below the home row, letters are not in convenient vertical columns but staggered which causes more difficulty. Some written articles suggest that it was intentional by Christopher Latham Sholes to slow down the users to reduce the frequency of jammed keys. English speaking people have been burdened with the terrible QWERTY for nearly a century and a half. It takes a lot of practice to be very good at using the QWERTY.  

As bad as it is, the QWERTY has remained the de-facto standard for 145 years. It will not last another 145 years. After 145 years, it is time to break the mold and start using a much more efficient keyboard. 

Older people find it difficult to learn to type with the QWERTY and are eager for a keyboard that is easy to learn and easy to use. For example, when some people try to type a “z” or “x”, their fingers get “lost”.

Techies are ready for a keyboard that offers efficiency instead of one that intentionally hinders efficiency. 

This KWIK Keyboard is designed for efficiency and is easy to learn. 

When you place your hands on the KWIK Keyboard with wrists straight, your index fingers create an angle of approximately 60 degrees. Therefore, the KWIK Keyboard has a left-hand section and a right-hand section 60 degrees from each other. Fingers naturally diverge at angles of approximately 4 degrees from each other. Therefore, the columns of keys diverge 4 degrees from each other. This arrangement reduces fatigue and reduces contributors to carpal tunnel syndrome. 

 Finger tips are not in a straight horizontal line. Therefore, in this design, the keys are in a fingertip pattern. Vertical columns of keys have round bottom grooves that make it easier to find keys above and below the home position.

The QWERTY keyboard has the shift keys for capital letters in extreme left-hand and extreme right-hand positions which make it difficult for novice typists to use them. KWIK Keyboard has a shift key in the center – under the thumbs which makes it easier to use capital letters.

 This improved keyboard has a better arrangement of keys. The QWERTY keyboard has the “J” under the right-hand index finger, but the “J” is used infrequently. Only the “Z’ is used less frequently. The letter used most frequently “E” should be under the right-hand index finger 

  KWIK Keyboard: designed for efficiency

  The logic for placing letters is:

1. Place the vowels under the fingers in the home position.

2. Have the most common letter, “E” under the right-hand index finger in the “Home” position. The “A” is under the left-hand index finger.

3. Place frequently used letters on keys that are easiest to use. 

4. Arrange consonants by frequency of use according to the Cornell University frequency of use table.

According to calculations based on the Cornell University frequency of use table, approximately 97 percent of English words can be typed using the center “Home” row and the row above. 

Risks and challenges

There is a risk that the manufacturer cannot keep up with the customer demand. This risk is low because the current supplier can produce 50,000 keyboards per month.

However we have contacted a second source and will fund the second source for tooling and a prototype.
We still have not selected the fulfillment center.
We are considering Amazon.com and will find at least one more fulfillment center.

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