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A Computer Keyboard for One Year Olds?

Techstination feature for Friday, August 5, 2005

A computer keyboard'for one year olds? Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. It's not exactly a keyboard, at least not the kind that you're used to. And the idea of letting a toddler near your computer may justifiably make you shudder. But a product called the Comfy EasyPC Keyboard, makes it safe and fun. It's distributed by Imaginative Minds, where founder Gali Bar-Ziv says..

"Many children, until the age of about four, don't really have the motor skills to work a mouse, yet they show an incredible appetite to play with a computer at a very early age, sometimes as young as 10 months. Comfy designed a special keyboard that consists of big, colorful buttons, it works with software that interacts with a particular skill level of the child."

And in a wide variety of languages'.16 in all. Software is available for one to five year olds. The idea is, you put your regular keyboard and mouse out of reach, put the Comfy keyboard in front of the child and forget your worries...

"The most amazing and fascinating thing to see is that they stop banging. And they start hearing all this audio and they start seeing all this animation and the eyes open wide and you see the excitement and they understand, it's me that is doing that."

The Comfy EasyPC Keyboard sells at a variety of specialty childrens' Web sites for under 80 dollars. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.