split and contoured

L89P USB Programmers Keyboard by Maltron Keyboards
 

There was a time when split keyboards were the metaphor for futuristic desktop computer hardware—at least for movies and television series, where they appeared. When I first saw a split keyboard I fell for it—because of the æsthetics, as always. Besides the looks there is a rationale behind exotic artefacts like the above pictured L89P [↵Jake, I’d like to see a steampunk version of that beast] by Maltron Keyboards, which is not only split, but heavily contoured as well. It has been ergonomically designed “to relieve the symptoms of RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury)”. Besides Maltron, to my knowledge only Kinesis has driven the curved contours to extremes:
 

The Kinesis Classic
 

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