FAQs and Keyboard Terminology
What do the bumps and ridges do?
The bumps and ridges on the Keybodo Cover allow the user to feel each letter as a unique texture. This helps users better understand the layout of the keyboard, and can reduce typing errors over time because typists feel when they make a mistake in addition to seeing it on screen. Through a process called tactile character recognition, users receive feedback from two senses instead of one, which accelerates the learning process. Every other keyboard lacks this feature and only uses identical flat surfaces.
What is “tactile character recognition”?
There are two components to this Keybodo-unique phrase. “Tactile” is another word for kinesthetic. Kinesthetic Learning is one of the five categories of learning that people can experience. The other four categories are visual, auditory, read-write, and experiential/hands-on. Kinesthetic learning relates to doing something with physical objects to learn. The second component, “Character recognition,” is the ability of someone to recognize and interpret the characters - or letters - of the keyboard. Put these components together and you have a process of learning letters of the keyboard by touch.
If I “hunt and peck,” will the cover still help me?
The cover benefits typists of all methods. Hunt and peckers can still feel and recognize each character, but the benefit is maximized when the sensations are registered across all eight typing fingers. Using only your index finger will not get you up to the speed of touch typists, but the cover can still help you improve.
If I take the cover off, will I still remember how to type?
Yes. There is no immediate impact of removing the cover and all of our users retain their learned typing capabilities in the short term. You will still be able to use keyboards that do not have Keybodo Covers on them. Just remember to align on the home row using the dots on the F and J keys!
Will I become dependent on the cover to type?
Not necessarily. After prolonged use, our users can remove the cover and still remember how to type. We do not know, however, if you will personally enjoy using your keyboard without a Keybodo Cover!
Why would I buy the cover if I already know how to type?
The Keybodo Cover helps users of all ages, even users who know how to type. Plus, it has a ton of benefits beyond typing quality. The cover keeps your keyboard clean from dust, crumbs, and small liquid spills. Did you know the average keyboard has 5x the number of bacteria as a toilet seat? Our covers are machine washable due to the durability and resilience of the TPU material. You can keep your keyboard sanitized and comfortable with the cover.
How does the cover stack up to the competition?
The keyboard cover market is divided into two categories: regular and premium. Keybodo is a premium cover due its wider range of features and the more advanced manufacturing process. Other “premium” covers on the market are made of flimsy silicone and “peel up” in the corners and edges after a few months of use. Other covers on the market are typically made of Silicone, which has a greasier texture. TPU is renowned for its ability to repel grease. Our covers have a gentle, powdery texture right out of the package, and maintain a soft friction for its lifetime, even after washing.
What is the cover made of?
The cover is made of a durable rubber-like TPU, which stands for Thermoplastic Polyurethane. This substance is often compared to silicone, and it is used in many industries and products, such as electrical engineering, footwear, adhesives, inflatable rafts, and wire/cable jacketing.
Can I get a Keybodo Cover in different colors?
We do not yet offer the Keybodo Cover in different colors due to the nature of TPU, but as of June 2017 our design team is working on a new product that can bring you customized colors to any keyboard. Look out for it soon!
Can I get a Keybodo Cover for my PC?
We only offer Keybodo for PC or Chrome-book on large orders. Submit us a request on the Contact Page to reach us. For individuals, we will soon be offering a desktop keyboard that can be paired universally with any computer and comes with a free cover with your purchase.
Activation Point - The point in the keystroke where the input from the user is recognized and transmitted to the computer
Activation Force - The force required to push the key at the activation point
Backplate - The frame that lays behind or adjacent to the keys. On a Mac, the keys can be pressed even with the surface of the backplate.
Bottom Out - When the key hits the bottom of its movement range
Chattering - Typically a sign of a defective key or switch. Chattering occurs when a key is pressed once and it is registered as more than one keystroke.
Clack - The noise made when the key is pushed down and the switch hits the bottom of its feasible range of motion
Click - The noise made when the key is pushed down and the switch is activated
Key Rollover - A number that represents the amount of keys that can be pushed and still have them recognized as input. If you were to press your palm across 12 keys, a keyboard with only 6 key rollover would send signals to the computer for only 6 of those keys. Some keyboards come with no key rollover, meaning there is no limit.
Switch - The mechanism that a keycap travels on as it goes up and down in a keystroke. Mostly associated mechanical keyboards, which produce louder noises.
Touch Typing - The ability to type with all eight typing fingers without looking at the screen. The spacebar is pressed with the thumb.
Travel Distance - The distance a key must travel to reach the activation point
USB - Universal Serial Bus - A standardized method of communication between computers and peripheral devices, such as keyboards. Nearly every computer (Mac or PC) sold today has a “USB port” to connect additional devices.
WPM (Words Per Minute) - Used to measure the speed of typists. 0-40 wpm is considered a beginner speed. Most hunt and peck typists max out around 35 wpm. 40-55 wpm is considered an intermediate speed, and 60+ reaches advanced territory. Some time sensitive jobs such as emergency dispatchers can require speeds of 90+ wpm.
We borrowed and rephrased many of these words from https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/terms.php. Give them a visit to learn more technical terminology!