2021-04-06 (Tu) Wearable Macro Keyboard BackOfTheHand BotH First Concept

I love the idea of wearable computers and peripherals. I enjoy giving them my sense of character. The hardest thing has been a wearable keyboard. I have been puzzled about how to walk and type for years, and I have concluded that a full-size QWERTY keyboard won't be practical.

Chording keyboards mean that you have to relearn to type, and I have tried, but unless I'm typing in earnest, I usually only use a few keystrokes. Most commonly, I might use tab, return, enter, and the arrow keys. It should be a boon to have a pad with a few macros, especially if it doesn't get in the way during use.

For this project, I want to design a macro keyboard that rests on the back of the hand and doesn't interfere with ordinary activities, including typing on a standard keyboard. I want it to operate by using the back of my fingers. The finger sensors may feature a capacitive sensor to recognize when I'm only touching a key and a tactile switch that senses lever movement.

The finger sensors would hover over the proximal phalanges but far enough away that they wouldn't receive accidental touches. During any heavy activity, it should be easy to turn off the keypad.

I plan to work through this project in phases and leverage the 3D printer to make numerous models and revise them at each step. OpenSCAD will be the modeling program I'll start using.
First sketch

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