on a QWERTY in 2 minutes!
Option 1 - This
Software is the latest COM port Driver for the GKOS PIC building
95/98/NT/2000/XP) and includes QWERTY
6-key input on Win XP:
>>> Option 2 - NOW you can try GKOS on your browser in 2 seconds from now! <<<
Option 1 details:
note that the GKOS capabilities that you get in the GKOS PIC building
projects are really much more (including also infrared mouse control)
than what you have here by using the
6-key input on QWERTY.
This program is, however, a quick
way to try, on a PC QWERTY keyboard, the GKOS concept in practice without having to build anything
and can be used
to enter text to any PC
The functionality with QWERTY is somewhat limited: GKOS Shortcuts are a
bit sticky and there are no mouse functions included through the GKOS
keys (=SDF/JKL or now
789/123). It seems to be a pain to design a Win OS
that depends on timing! The PIC IR reception (to COM port input) works
much more smoothly while supporting chordons, shortcuts and mouse
functions (PIC IR transmitter => PIC IR receiver
Port of the PC).
Three steps to take for testing GKOS on QWERTY:
Step 1 - Test your QWERTY or
Test if your PC
QWERTY keyboard can manage 6
simultaneous key presses (many keyboards do!). Open a text
editor and press keys SDF
and JKL down simultaneously and then
release them. If you got a bunch of 6 characters in random order (e.g.
flkjsd) on the display your keyboard will do! If you have an external
USB Number Pad for your PC, do the same test with NumPad 789/123 keys
(NumLock ON!) as this is an optional way to type. - If you did not
succeed on either case, try
some other old keyboard. Laptops
(except some recent ones) are much worse in this respect than desktops.
Basically, it depends on
the minimized wiring in hardware.
Step 2 -
If you got
positive results in Step 1, download
and start gkosw.exe (QWERTY input
only works with Windows
COM port input is for Win95/98/NT/XP. Maybe you are using
language (different national letters of the character set) can be
changed by pressing GKOS symbols Alt
123-abc (alternative mode) or on the menu. The PC keyboard layout can
be selected for US/UK and FIN/SWE PC keyboards to match your PC.
- The latest draft Windows XP version of GKOS
PC Driver is available. It includes hundreds of word shortcuts,
using both COM and QWERTY
SDF/JKL input (QWERTY input, utilizing keyboard
hooks, works only on WinXP), as
supports mouse functions (on both SDF/JKL eintry and while PIC is
connected to COM port). You can use QWERTY keys G and H as mouse
buttons! Input is now also possible
using NumPad keys 789/123
but not many PCs support 6 simultaneous key presses on those keys
(NumLock must be ON!). - Download it here or by
image below. - Anybody tried
this on Vista
Please answer on the forum.
of one of the first versions:
(since 8 September
Editing history (latest on top):
US character set adjustments. Layout modification (SYMB ! and SYMB ?)
Mouse instructions available in Menu now. Use Driver mode for autohelp!
User-defined shortcuts in file gkos-shorcuts.usr (see *.ini)
user-defined 6 keys in file gkosw.ini (decimal virtual key codes).
Support of 4 languages. All features are also available via the COM
port when using infrared
reception. Mouse operation bugs fixed.
(For 'GKOS keys as a Mouse' etc., see the DRAFT GKOS User Manual
Step 3 -
Open a text
editor and the GKOS-QWERTY application, position the
index finger of your left hand on F, the right index finger on J and
start typing GKOS chords. You can use qwerty keys G and H as mouse left
and right click buttons! - When any other physical
S, D, F, G, H, J, K or L is pressed, the GKOS mode becomes inactive and
can be turned back on by pressing the Esc key on the top left corner of
the QWERTY keyboard.
It is a bit difficult to think of the chords while the left and right
rows of the 3 GKOS keys have both been rotated 90 degrees from their
GKOS layout position, so this might
help. Remember to use
index, middle and ring fingers so that the skill that you
here can be used on real GKOS keyboards later!
Do not get frustrated. It may be difficult to start with. A new way of
doing things. Much like learning to ride a bike! In the end, you will
be delighted to relax and be able to type in text fast without having
to watch the keyboard or even the screen, e.g. while taking notes from
a presentation. - Keep in mind the principle that a shift function
on one hand (G, K, O, S, W) changes the letters on the 3 single keys of
the other hand. In addition, you will get TH, a_, the_, of_, to_
and_ with one press of keys!
Do not throw away old PC keyboards before testing if they manage six
simultaneous key presses. By taking out the small electronics board and
by finding out how SDF / JKL keys were connected, you can easily build
a GKOS keyboard for the PC.