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Physical Attachment For Your iPad

“It is a typewriter for the ipad. Users can enjoy the old feeling of typing and also the lastest technology. Even though the elder users who have never used the computer or ipad, they can use this familiar typewriter and type in the familiar operation way. For some specific group of users, this product provide an easier way to type on the ipad. People could be able to recollect old experience and memory by familiar appearance and haptic feedback. Instead of stroking on the screen with no feedback, this product can reflect a strong haptic feedback. User can experience the physical strength transfer from the keypad and the movement of each key.”

Reaction

As new technologies change the way users interact with objects and interfaces there is often a need or want to hold on to the previous methods. Either by people who cannot / will not adapt to the new form of interaction or by those that want to preserve the aesthetic of the old ways.

Who is this device being marketed to? The device can assist those that actually used typewriters and have not become accustom to the touch keyboard. Or does this device merely have quirk value to a generation that has never used a typewriter.

This view point is essential toward the investigation of “prior knowledge” in terms of the adoption of new technologies. What is the resulting effect on development and learning when a technology is approached from 1.) as something new and old habits have to be broken or adapted, or 2.) as the normal state of things.

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