If you do a lot of repetitive computing and are concerned with efficiency, you’ve probably taken advantage of the keyboard shortcuts and macros available on your computer. They can be setup for virtually any task, or series of tasks, you can think of, and they’re definitely worth your time to setup if you use a specific set of commands even a couple of times a day. But, while you can just use your keyboard, you may want to consider JacoBurge’s TouchPad.
TouchPad is a slim capacitive touch keypad designed specifically for your shortcuts and macros. It has a total of 36 keys, each of which can be setup to perform any series of keystrokes, and possibly even execute more complex commands and codes. And because TouchPad is flat, thanks to the use of capacitive touch, it can be overlaid with replaceable transparency labels.
It’s also small and light enough to be highly portable, which makes it ideal for working on multiple computers. That’s especially true because shortcuts aren’t stored on the computer, but on the TouchPad itself. When in programming mode, a simple text editor-based interface is launched, which works on any computer — even without administrator privileges. With that interface, you can setup your shortcuts that are stored on TouchPad.
Haptic feedback is integrated, which gives you some tactile feel when pushing the buttons. And, the whole system is compatible with the Arduino IDE, so you can program more advanced commands. TouchPad is on Kickstarter until March 12th, and you can get one at £49 (about $68) for delivery in June.