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  • Image of Colortec keyboard with key funnel
  • ColorTec keyboard image

What does it consist of:

2018 August

 

The ColorTec / Bigkey keyboard from Admouse is designed for people with low vision and fine motor difficulties. 

It is appreciated that the keyboard has a significantly larger size than usual, its keys are 75% larger than the conventional ones. The keys are differentiated by colors and separated by consonants, vowels, numbers and signs to facilitate their use and increase the inclusion of more people in the use of technology. It incorporates editing keys and its own for operating Windows.

The company Admouse, has in addition to this product, another the Admouse Mouse that we find very interesting, you can know the evaluation of it on our website: https://www.orientatech.es/es/raton-adaptado-admouse 

Forms of Acquisition:

It can be purchased through its official distributor in Madrid: Lorusso Ibérica SL

lorusso@lorussoiberica.com Telephone: +34 91 574 6647 and mobile: +34 656 924 656 

The price of the keyboard is 119 euros including VAT, and that of the cover is 49 euros including VAT. It has a 12-month warranty and for support you can contact the official distributor itself. 

Technical verification:

Highlights:

  • It is an accessible keyboard that offers a simple way to access communication technologies.
  • The design makes it very attractive and friendly, the childhood group has been especially attracted.
  • The possibility offered by the Colortec keyboard to use a finger channeler, offers people with motor difficulties the use of the keyboard. 

Improvement points:

  • We think it would be of interest to incorporate the relief of the stripes in J, f for quick access to the physical keyboard
  • Incorporate relief in some keys, for example arrows or symbols.
  • That it was compatible with various operating systems, for example with iOS, could make the tool more widely used

 

Testing the Admouse keyboard has been very simple, since it is a product plug and play and it is not necessary to download any additional software for its operation. Just by connecting the USB cable to one of the inputs of a PC, it starts working. 

It is compatible with Windows operating system and can also be connected to Android devices by USB cable: 

Comparison with a common keyboard

 

Image of keyboard connected to Android mobile terminal

 

 

In order for a user to be able to use the keyboard, they need to have voluntary motion control. If you don't have fine manipulation control, this keyboard makes it easy to type and operate. It is possible that users, with a greater difficulty in the use of their hand, can use the keyboard by complementing it with a finger channelizer. In the case of people with low vision, it facilitates access to it due to its colors, as well as to reduce the digital divide in the case of older people unfamiliar with technology.

The operation and handling is simple, although the pressure to be made on it is quite significant, being its high relief.

As a final summary we would like to emphasize that this keyboard could also be very useful for children who are learning to read or use computers.

 
 
 
  • Design and manufacturing: 4 5 on.
    4
    Refers to the physical aspects and details of the manufacturing of the technological product
  • User experience: 3 5 on.
    3
    This criterion is linked to the user's assessment of the product or application
  • Technical benefits: 5 5 on.
    5
    Description of the quality of the technical specifications of the technological solution
  • Accessibility: 4 5 on.
    4
    It is the degree to which people can use or access a product, technological solution or service, regardless of their technical, cognitive or physical capabilities

Social valuation:

We have validated the product with our volunteer Domo, who usually uses a keyboard with black characters on a yellow background, to favor high contrast. His impression regarding the Colortec keyboard is that for profiles of people with low vision the keyboard is limited, since it maintains the problem of access through sight. The contrast is lower than with the specific keyboards with yellow keys, although I saw very positive that the functionality keys were differentiated to the letters and consonants by another color. 

Our volunteer was the one who highlighted the importance of incorporating reliefs in the keys and the usual stripes of the F and J keys, with which they do have their usual keyboard. Regarding the effectiveness of the operation of the tool, it is adequate and agile, linking the pressure of the key with the action programmed for it. 

 

Keyboard image during testing

 

 

  • Impact and utility: 3 5 on.
    3
    Describe to what extent the functionalities of the product are useful and impact on the improvement of the user's life
  • Usability and accessibility: 3 5 on.
    3
    Possibility of the device to be used, understood and used in equal conditions for any person
  • Design and ergonomics: 3 5 on.
    3
    Assessment of how the design of the technological solution adapts to the person to achieve greater comfort and effectiveness when using it
  • Ease of Acquisition: 4 5 on.
    4
    It refers to the possibilities of accessing and acquiring a technological solution by the user

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