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Affordable too: This soft keyboard is foldable, light and easy to carry. –
Affordable too: This soft keyboard is foldable, light and easy to carry. –

Karthik Madhavan

It can be folded and carried around easily

SATHYAMANGALAM: Are your fingers tired of punching one key after another in the computer keyboard? Having suffered, ever wondered of an alternative say, a keyboard that loves your fingers?

Well, the solution is in sight and at hand. Bannari Amman Institute of Technology students have come up with a keyboard using a printed circuit board, a rubber sheet and fabric that is easy on fingers.

D. Gowthami, V. Subanandhini, B. Sahithya and G. Durga Priyanka, third year students of the Department of Fashion Technology, have covered a printed circuit board with the rubber sheet and a fabric to come up with a keyboard. It has a software to go with it as well.

Ms. Subanandhini says she stumbled upon the idea while browsing through the net for an idea for the Futura exhibition. The exhibition is a five-day event the Institute organises to showcase students’ talents in science and technology.

The girls then got together and came up with the keyboard, which weighs just 240 gm, 600 gm less than the conventional keyboard. Not only that, the cost of manufacturing is also less.

On a commercial scale we can manufacture it for about Rs. 400, says Ms. Gowthami. A normal keyboard costs around Rs. 900.

The keyboard can be folded, and carried around easily. The outer fabric can easily be washed as well. The girls say the can further fine tune it have a stain-resistant and wrinkle-free cloth as cover.

They next propose to weave cloth with conductive silk yarns, so that the keyboard is of the size of a hand kerchief.

As one hears the girls and begins to experiment on the keyboard, the fingers inadvertently, dance around the keyboard to type thank you, well done!

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