What is a Keyboard?

In 1868, the first keyboard was patented. This keyboard was used on the typewriter first and received mass marketing in the late 1800s by Remington, a typewriter company. A keyboard is a board with the several buttons or keys on it that have the alphabet and numbers on it. Keyboards have changed, as with most other technological advances, as the technology from the typewriter keyboard and the telegraph were combined, later creating the first computer keyboard in the 1940s.

The keyboard as we know it was invented by Christopher Latham Sholes. He is responsible for creating the QWERTY keyboard. For those who do not know what the QWERTY keyboard means or how it got its name then they should place their fingers in the proper typing position (left hand asdf, right hand jkl;). The first six letters on the top row of the keyboard's alphabet spell out the word "QWERTY". Keyboards have developed along with other technologies, namely the computer. As computers have evolved and changed from very large machines to desktop computers and laptops, the keyboards have also become more advanced. The basic outlay of the keyboards has not changed, but there are extra functions of keyboards, such as number keypads, the function keys, arrows, and other buttons as things are developed requiring a new keyboard button (the Windows key).

As keyboards continue their advancement, the consumer gets more and more keyboard options to choose from. For example, now folks can use their computer with a wireless keyboard. The keyboard and other technologies have advanced so far that the keyboard no longer has to be physically attached to the computer. Typewriters are still around, but they are used with much less frequency as their successor, the computer. A wireless keyboard does need a wireless receiver so that it can communicate with the computer or laptop. This is plugged into the USB port of the computer. Essentially, it means that you can sit within range and use a wireless keyboard, so instead of holding the laptop itself you can just use the keyboard to type and it sends its electronic signals to the computer.

Keyboards continue to advance rapidly. Now, cell phones come with entire QWERTY keyboards on them so people are able to communicate faster through text messaging and internet access. The smartphones are built with keyboards, and the concept of quick communication, in mind. Because of this, the cell phone companies are battling each other in races to develop the latest smartphone with the best keyboard features. There is a a new feature on some phones, like the MyTouch Slide smartphone that has a keyboard function called Swype. Swype is the latest keyboard technology for touch screen devices. Instead of pushing, tapping, or typing, which are typical motions to create keyboard strokes, you simply run your finger lights from letter to letter, spelling out the word, and the Swype technology guesses the word you are trying to spell. The Swype keyboard technology is ingenious and goes right along with all the changes keyboards have endured since their inception.

Although the keyboards have stayed the same as far as their general layout, the way that society has used them has changed. They have morphed from a big and clunky typewriter keyboard to the very small, credit card sized, keyboards of smartphones. Keyboards are also on other devices, such as the Kindle and iPad. Technology is sure to continue changing keyboards as time continues. There is even a slight chance that someday they will be obsolete since voice to text technology is being used more often and with better accuracy. One day your keyboard might just be an antique.