Why The Tech Industry Loves the Falcon Keyboard

Our keyboard was designed to serve a range of different users, but has become especially popular with the tech industry. The Falcon Keyboard has proved to be a powerful tool for everyone from Software developers, Code writers, App Developers and Programmers. This keyboard was designed to make it easy to enter, work with and test new code on multiple devices. In fact, the Falcon Keyboard has many features that make your life as a software developer easier. 

The optical mouse built into the Falcon Keyboard makes it possible to control your cursor without taking your hands off the keyboard. Get more done, efficiently, with fewer interruptions reaching for the mouse.

Control up to 3 Bluetooth devices simultaneously with one Falcon Keyboard– with Bluetooth you can pair with three separate devices and switch control from one to the next with the ease of a simultaneous keystroke (Fn + F1, F2 or F3). Write code on one device and then test your code on two others, say a Windows machine and a Mac or an iPad and an iPhone.

Survive late night munchies, coffee, energy drinks or whatever without fear of destroying your keyboard. The Falcon Keyboard is sealed with a spill proof silicon rubber membrane that resists liquid spills, crumbs, gooey messes and the like and is easy to clean or sanitize.

Work “remotely” with your Falcon Bluetooth Keyboard. With a range up to 30 feet, you can work from anywhere in the room with the keyboard on your lap, the floor, a table or whatever is most comfortable. The keyboard is rigid and grips flat surfaces so it can be placed almost anywhere. The keyboard is ideal for stand up desks and workstations.

Work ergonomically with the low profile falconTM keyboard. Only 1 cm high, it is almost flush with the table top or desk allowing a comfortable typing position without use of a separate wrist rest or support. No “mouse cramps” either. The built-in optical mouse can be controlled by your thumb from a natural hand position with the fingers over the keyboard.

If you are working long hours entering code or typing in general, you will be pleasantly surprised how comfortable the falconTM keyboard is to use compared to conventional keyboards and mice.

What Benefits Are You Looking For in a Computer Keyboard?

Something no one else has? Being first? The new toy? Or, a keyboard that has unique benefits for the work you personally are doing? Since jobs are not identical, a single keyboard cannot possibly meet the varying needs. In past flacon blogs “Computer Keyboard Variations” and “What is New in Computer Keyboards”, attention was directed to the new ‘Mouse in a Space Bar’ keyboard. What follows is a summary of the Falcon Keyboard’s benefits that might meet your specific needs.

Benefit of Cost

The price of an electronic component is likely to be the first item checked. Is it worth the cost? Is it competitive with similar keyboards? There are keyboards available for less than $15.00. There is also the comment ‘you get what you pay for’. The Falcon Keyboard retail cost of $99.00 for a full size computer keyboard that includes a numeric keypad and Bluetooth wireless connection that can link with three different components, is very competitive with similar boards providing the same features. With volume production, this introduction price for the Falcon Keyboard will drop.
Benefit of Hands Remaining Over the Keys

Keeping the operator’s hands/finger tips directly over the keys has been the ‘holy grail’ goal for many years. Instrumented gloves, finger held gadgets, reflective rings, palmed electronics, headgear, earrings, track-bar, foot-peddles, eye contact, virtual grids, and forehead spots are just some of the items showing up in various reports and patents to allow hands to remain over the keys. None of these have gained wide use due to their complicated operation features or costs. The Falcon Keyboard meets the ‘holy grail’ completely at a very reasonable cost.

Benefit of Efficiency

Every keyboard user has their own skill level. The question is then, will the Falcon Keyboard improve their efficiency. A touch typist is different from those doing hunt and peck. A keyboard operator who is on the board day-in and day-out, will have a skill level different from someone using a computer a few minutes at a time. Whatever your individual skill level is, using the Falcon Keyboard will improve your efficiency. A case in point is just eliminating having to reach for a normal mouse or taking hands off of the board to reach the thumb pad and then replacing the hands to continue typing. Obviously, the efficiency benefit will be greater for an operator who is on the keyboard full time.

Benefit of Standard Mouse Elimination

With a Falcon Keyboard, the table space for a mouse is not needed. Where space is limited such as in a delivery truck, at a standing desk, laying on the couch, in dirty environments, etc. the Falcon Keyboard meets the need.

Benefit of Non-Jumping Cursor

There is a standard comment that says: ‘I don’t like my thumb pad since it makes my cursor jump’. Anything that eliminates this comment is a benefit, and the development of the Falcon Keyboard has paid attention to the elimination of any cursor spurious movement.

Benefit of Being Easy to Learn/Use

A keyboard operator gets used to the board to the point that many movements are automatic such as reaching for the standard mouse. You do not even have to think about it. For the Falcon Keyboard, you have to break the habit of reaching for the mouse. However, once you do learn a new habit, it becomes the automatic movement. The operation of the Falcon Keyboard cursor quickly becomes the non-thinking habit. The thumb and finger positions on a standard mouse are identical to the thumb and finger positions on the Falcon Keyboard. No relearning for thumb and finger position required.

Benefit of Multi-Platform BT

A keyboard with a monitor is quite standard. But where you work with multiple monitors such as in a parts service, or game programming, having multiple keyboards is a pain. The Falcon Keyboard can connect with three separate components such as a monitor, tablet, and smartphone at the same time. Going from one to another is done with the click of two keys.

Benefit of Full Size Keys and Spacing

Full-size keys prevent finger cramping and fatigue compared to small keys and spacing.
Benefit of No Stretching and Cramping
Not reaching for a standard mouse or stretching thumbs or fingers to reach a thumb pad, allows the hands on a Falcon Keyboard to remain in a comfortable position while working the board.

Benefit of Left or Right Hand Operation

Lefty’s are usually left out. Not with the Falcon Keyboard, where the cursor and activation key operation can be reversed by pressing the Fn+R+L keys at the same time.

Benefit of Water Resistant

It is very disruptive to lose a keyboard due to a coffee or other drink spill. The silicon rubber sealed Falcon Keyboard is water resistant and allows easy cleaning when used in a medical or industrial environment.

Falcon™ Keyboard Left-handed Keyboard Operation

Hands typing on a Falcon Keyboard
Falcon Bluetooth Keyboard showing left hand operation.

A new computer keyboard has come onto the market where the mouse has been placed in the space bar, allowing for easy use by either a right-handed or left-handed operator.

Even though only 7-10 percent of the population is left-handed, it is not easy for those whose job requires a lot of computer keyboard operation. Simple things like door knobs on the right side, writing from left to right, numeric keyboard pad on the right, and using scissors are just a few of the obstacles a left-handed person has to overcome. But let’s not forget that being left-handed can still be viewed as “hip” — five of the last seven presidents were left-handed. And, did you know that August 13 is Left Handers Day? Continue reading “Falcon™ Keyboard Left-handed Keyboard Operation”

Beta Testing the Falcon™ Keyboard Optical Mouse, Part I

Falcon Keyboard spacebar mouse
Falcon Bluetooth Keyboard with a Mouse in the Spacebar.

The falcon™ is a multi-platform keyboard. It is compatible with any Bluetooth capable tablet, smart phone, laptop, or desktop computer. It provides a keyboard with a thumb-controlled cursor on the space bar, or “optical mouse”, and cursor activation keys under the fingertips of the computer operator’s hands.

The optical mouse that Falcon Keyboard has developed and beta tested is defined as the optical system including the activation keys for manipulating the cursor. While the Falcon keyboard has many unique features, the optical mouse can be incorporated in essentially any keyboard, and replace the need for a mouse or trackpad.

Continue reading “Beta Testing the Falcon™ Keyboard Optical Mouse, Part I”

Falcon™ Keyboard: Visit Us at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

consumer electronics showThe Big Show!

For those of you interested in electronics, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), scheduled each year for the first week of January in Las Vegas, is a great event to visit. This past January, over 150,000 visitors were logged. Curved TVs, robotic planes, 3-D printing, 4HD, smart phones, video games, the electronic home, vehicle electronics, GPS, and on and on, are just the tip of the various products being shown. This year should be no different. Continue reading “Falcon™ Keyboard: Visit Us at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)”

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Cool Electronic Gadgets for Techies

holiday tech giftsThe holiday season is bearing down on everyone, and those who face selecting the proper gift for a technically oriented person face a daunting task. Not being technically oriented themselves makes the giver’s efforts even harder. So, the following is an effort to help. And, to keep it economically reasonable, the suggested gifts listed below are all below $100 retail. Continue reading “Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Cool Electronic Gadgets for Techies”

Syncing (Pairing or Connecting) Your Device with the Falcon™ Keyboard

falcon bluetooth keyboardUsually, syncing (also called pairing or connecting by some operating systems) the falcon™ keyboard to your computer, tablet or smart phone is accomplished very easily following the instructions on our FAQ page, or via the Owners Manual, which is available for download from our Support page. Related details follow. Continue reading “Syncing (Pairing or Connecting) Your Device with the Falcon™ Keyboard”

What is a Computer Keyboard Doing in a Delivery Truck?

FedEx delivery truckThe product delivery system is heavily reliant on trucks. And the demand for on-the-spot record keeping means that information has to be input into the various delivery companies’ tracking systems on the fly. Companies like FedEx and UPS have instant input hand-held electronic wireless bar recorders for scanning and keeping track of deliveries. If you have ever followed the tracking number on your order, you know where the item is at every stop. Even when it leaves China headed for Los Angeles or New York.

Small delivery companies usually don’t have the resources for a large tracking system like those used by FedEx and UPS. However, they do have the ability to input data on-the-spot using a laptop Continue reading “What is a Computer Keyboard Doing in a Delivery Truck?”

How to Choose the Right Computer Keyboard For You

computer keyboard helpComputer keyboard variations are extensive. And, there are numerous computer keyboard categories: lighted, multimedia, ergonomic, gaming, non-English, wireless, bluetooth, slim/mini, left-handed, and handicapped, to name a few. Prices range from $7.00 to $260. And, there are variations within each category. For example, there are at least 70 different wireless, and over 80 slim/mini types alone. Keyboard sizes range from versions that fit in a shirt pocket to the large gaming boards that are bigger than a laptop computer.

So, how does one decide which keyboard is best for their own use?

First, it is recommended that you list the types of work to be done using your new computer keyboard, such as : writing a book, doing math spreadsheets, accounting, e-mailing, CAD, blogging, medical data collection, manufacture machine control, military operations, graphic production, etc.

Next, determine what type operating space is involved. Will you be Continue reading “How to Choose the Right Computer Keyboard For You”

Keyboard Tips: Falcon™ Keyboard Cursor Speed and Accuracy

Hands typing on a Falcon KeyboardA new computer keyboard of any type brings with it a learning curve. The newly released falcon™ keyboard, which has an optical mouse in its space bar,  is no exception. That reflex of reaching for the standard mouse has to be overcome. So, hide the mouse in a drawer.

The falcon cursor is moved by the thumb. Sounds easy. No! Habits are hard to break. However, once you do break the habit, you will find that your thumb starts acting without your thinking.

An operator new to the falcon™ keyboard should go Continue reading “Keyboard Tips: Falcon™ Keyboard Cursor Speed and Accuracy”