My wrists are hurting again, so I’ve bought myself a bent keyboard to use with my laptop rather than just slouching on the couch. By coincidence, I came across the Ergodex DX1 “input system”. It looks pretty cool: you can place keys anywhere you like on a special tray, and assign them any function you like. They aren’t selling it for use in typing text, but as a giant customizable function-key pad. They’re especially pushing it for gaming, I guess because that demographic doesn’t mind spending money on cool toys that can potentially help them push a lot of buttons a lot faster.
For my own problem, though, a bent keyboard helps. What would be even better though, would be to break myself of the habit of using hand-twisting key combinations. For example, when hitting Alt-Tab, it’s a lot better for me to push the Alt key with my right hand, and the tab key with my left. I’d like to customize my keyboard so that modifier keys wouldn’t work if they were used with a regular key on the same side. That way, I’d be forced to use the gentler two-hand combinations. Does anyone out there know of a way to do that?
There’s a registry key that can change how keys map to keycodes (Scan Code Mapper for Windows), but I don’t think it can do what I want.