Matias Corporation221 Narinia Crescent
Newmarket, Ontario L3X 2E1
Telephone: 888-663-4263 or 905-265-8844.
Products manufactured by Matias Corporation (listed alphabetically)
The Half Keyboard is a compact one-handed keyboard designed for use by individuals with upper extremity amputation, hand injury, or who have had a stroke. This keyboard allows the user to touch type with one hand, using existing typing skills. The user places a hand on the keyboard, in the standard position. The letters under the hand are exactly the same as on a standard keyboard. To get the other half of the keyboard, the user holds down the space bar. To type a space, the user taps the space bar. The keyboard also allows the user to scroll, select text, type corrections, or make deletions, without moving the hand back and forth between keyboard and mouse. The keyboard has full-size, laptop-style keys. COMPATIBILITY: For use with Macintosh or an IBM and compatible personal computer (PC) running Windows.
HALF-QWERTY ONE-HANDED AND TWO-HANDED KEYBOARD
The Half-Qwerty One-Handed and Two-Handed Keyboard is a one-handed keyboard designed for use by individuals with use of only one hand, hemiplegia, carpal tunnel syndrome on one side, and other disabilities of the hand. This keyboard can also be used in conjunction with a braille dispaly by people with blindness or low vision. This full keyboard has a standard QWERTY layout that allows one-handed typing with either hand as well as standard two-handed typing. For one-handed typing, the user places the hand where it would normally be placed for touch-typing on that half of the keyboard. To type the letters of the other half of the keyboard, the user holds down the space bar and does the same finger movements that would normally be done by the other hand. Tapping the space bar alone still types a space. The keyboard also has a Sticky Keys feature that allows the user to type modifier keys (for example, Shift, Control, Alt) and the key being modified in succession, rather than simultaneously. Depressing and releasing a modifier key once makes it active for the next key typed. Pressing the modifier key twice locks it until it is unlocked by pressing the it again. The keyboard uses Alps mechanical key switches, which provide tactile feedback. It can be remapped to a layout that is standard in the user's country, by choosing the desired layout from the computer's control panel. The extra key in the lower left corner of non-U.S. keyboards (next to the Shift key) is represented by typing double-Shift-Z. COMPATIBILITY: This keyboard is equipped with USB, PS/2, and ADB interfaces and a built-in two-port USB hub for use with IBM and compatible or Macintosh computers. WARRANTY: Ten years.
HALF-QWERTY ONE-HANDED KEYBOARD SOFTWARE
The Half-QWERTY One-handed Keyboard Software is a one-hand keyboard modification program designed to allow a standard keyboard to also function as a one-handed keyboard, using a technique similar to two-handed touch typing. The user types with one hand in the standard home-row position for that hand. To type characters of the other hand, the user simply holds down the space bar and performs the finger movement previously performed by the other hand. Hitting the space bar only generates a space. Users with training in two-handed touch typing should be able to acquire the technique with little or no retraining, depending on the hand used and their individual skill level. The DOS version also has a sticky key feature which allows for modified use of function keys. The program does not interfere with standard two-handed typing. A set of keyboard labels is included. COMPATIBILITY: Versions are available for use on Apple Macintosh and IBM PC or compatible computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: DOS or Windows 98.
MATIAS 508 KEYBOARD
The Matia 508 Keyboard is a one-hand keyboard designed for use by individuals with upper extremity amputation, stroke, or hand injury. This full-size keyboard allows both one-handed and two-handed typing. The user can touch-type with the left hand, the right hand, or both hands. The keys are built on rubber dome keyswitches that provide a quiet tactile feel, with enough resistance to hold the weight of the user's hands and reduce long-term fatigue. The user places a hand where it would normally be for touch-typing to control half the keyboard. To produce the letters found on the other half of the standard keyboard, the user types on the same side with same hand while holding down the space bar with the thumb.
MATIAS IRIZER PORTABLE ERGONOMIC LAPTOP STAND
The Matias iRizer Portable Ergonomic Laptop Stand is a notebook/laptop computer support designed for use by individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome or other upper extremity disabilities. The unit helps prevent neck and wrist pain by raising the laptop keyboard and screen to a more comfortable angle for typing. It also allows air to circulate freely under the laptop, so it runs cooler and quieter. The stand fits virtually any laptop. It adjusts to four heights and can be set at an angle of 20, 30, 40, or 50 degrees. The unit has two slim acrylic plates that stack together for storage in a notebook bag. The unit comes with a MiniRizer, a credit-card sized version that can be used as a stand for an iPod, iPhone, cellphone, or business cards. It also comes with carrying sleeves and an instruction card. DIMENSIONS: When folded flat the unit is 11.42 x 8.92 x 0.55 inches. The stand height adjusts from 2.25 to 6.5 inches. WEIGHT: 1.5 pounds.
MATIAS TACTILE PRO KEYBOARD
The Matias Tactile Pro Keyboard is a keyboard with tactile keys designed for use by individuals who benefit from tactile feedback, including touch typists who are blind or have low vision. Each key is built on an individual Alps mechanical switch, which provides tactile feedback and audible clicks when the key is pressed. The keyboard also allows faster typing speeds, as anti-ghosting circuitry (also called n-key rollover) allows the user to type faster without missing or added letters. The key layout includes Eject and Volume keys. Symbols such as the trademark and copyright symbols and euro, pound, and yen signs are printed right on the Option keys. The user holds down the Option key for the bottom-right characters, or Shift-Option for the top-right characters. Keys are laser etched so labels never wear off. The unit has a USB 2.0 in-keyboard hub with 3 ports for attaching USB peripherals such as MP3 players, keyring hard drives, joysticks, and mice. The keyboard has an Apple layout, but for PC users, a downloadable driver changes the Mac's Command and Option keys into Alt and Windows keys. COMPATIBILITY: For use with IBM and compatible or Apple Macintosh computers.