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Installation

How do I set up the Yogitype keyboard?

 

See introduction video or the manual (page 16-18 for english).

 

To assemble the Yogitype follow these simple instructions:

Unfold the base plate and place this on your desk, with the L at the left-hand side.

Unfold the keyboard with integrated mouse and holding each half of the keyboard in either hand, so that the print is visible on the inside, align the keyboard with the connecting holes on the base plate.

Press the keyboard down, so that all 4 connectors are in the right position in their slots and press the thumbs outwards until you hear a click and the keyboard is secured at a 90 degree angle.

Plug one end of the USB cable into the slot on the keyboard (located between the hinges) and the other end into a free USB slot in the computer.

Place the wrist on the base plate, note the L and R to position them on the left and right of the base plate as indicated.  Adjust the positioning to suit your hand size and shoulder width according to the S (small), M (medium) or L (large) positions on the base plate. 

Adjust the wrist rests to best suit you once you have positioned your fingers on the keys as described below. 

The keys are operated from the rear, (facing away from you); the wrists should be comfortably supported on the wrist rests so that with slightly bent fingers you are able to comfortably place your fingers on the keys.  The ‘home’ keys, (F on the left and J on the right) are indicated by the raised bumps.

Check the height of the desk/chair so that your forearms are kept in a more or less horizontal position when typing and using the mouse. You may find it more comfortable to put the base plate on your lap when typing.

 

How do I operate the Yogitype keyboard?

How do I find the correct setting for the wrist supports?

What is the right position for my wrists and forearms?

 

Place the wrist on the base plate, note the L and R to position them on the left and right of the base plate as indicated.  Adjust the positioning to suit your hand size and shoulder width according to the S (small), M (medium) or L (large) positions on the base plate. 

Adjust the wrist rests to best suit you once you have positioned your fingers on the keys as described below. 

The keys are operated from the rear, (facing away from you); the wrists should be comfortably supported on the wrist rests so that with slightly bent fingers you are able to comfortably place your fingers on the keys.  The ‘home’ keys, (F on the left and J on the right) are indicated by the raised bumps.

Check the height of the desk/chair so that your forearms are kept in a more or less horizontal position when typing and using the mouse. You may find it more comfortable to put the base plate on your lap when typing.

 

How do I connect the Yogitype keyboard to my computer?

 

Plug one end of the USB cable (supplied), into the slot on the keyboard (located between the hinges) and the other end into a free USB slot in the computer. Within seconds your computer will automatically recognise the keyboard (and integrated mouse) and you can begin typing.

 

 
Is the Yogitype compatible with all PCs and laptops?

 

The Yogitype is compatible with all computers operating a version of Windows 95 or later.

Can I use the Yogitype with my laptop?

 

Yes, connect it as per the instructions above.  To ensure a good ergonomic posture you may prefer to use a laptop support so that the screen is at the right height.  It is important that you are sitting up straight while typing and not placing any strain on your neck muscles.

 

Can the Yogitype be used with an Apple computer?

 

Yes, the keyboard can be used with an Apple computer but some of the special Apple command keys are not provided.

 

What is the best positioning when using the Yogitype?

 

See page 22 of the manual

Some users find that they need to adjust the height of their chair relative to the height of the desk so that their wrists were comfortable on the rests and their forearms are more or less parallel to their thighs when typing.  Some find it more comfortable to place the keyboard directly on their lap while typing so that their body is in an ergonomic position.

 

What is the best position for the wrist supports?

 

Place the rests on the base plate  as indicated L (left) and R (right).  Adjust the positioning according to the size of your hands and width of your shoulders using the S (small), M (medium) and L (large) as indicated on the base plate.

 

How do I dismantle the Yogitype keyboard?

 

The Yogitype is easily dismantled – there is a half-round button under each half of the keyboard located where it slots into the base plate.  Simply press these buttons to release the keyboard and fold it in half.

 

 

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Operation

How does the integrated Mouse work?

 

Important notice: The mouse default is set for right hand users. However, the small switch on the top left of the keyboard controls this function and is simply switched over for left-handed users.

If you have set this for a left-hander the buttons described below will operate in reverse.

Use your right thumb to operate the large oval orange button which controls the cursor.  Use the left thumb to operate the small orange button as the ‘left’ click.  A little practise will soon make this feel familiar and you will notice that the thumbs are ideally suited to this activity.

The other small orange button is for the right mouse click and the other large oval orange button is the scroll function. 

 

How do I operate the keyboard functions that are indicated in blue?

 

All functions indicated in blue are operated and/or activated using the Fn key. The Fn key is located at the far left of the keyboard, just below the spacebar.

 

How do I turn the Numlock off?

 

Hold down the Fn key and simultaneously press the Numlock key to turn this function on or off.

 

How do I login using my user name and/or password with the Yogitype?

 

The first time it is easier to switch on your computer and enter this information using the conventional keyboard before connecting your Yogitype, but once your computer has recognised the Yogitype simply leave it connected and login as usual.

 

How can I switch the LED lights on the inside of the Yogitype on and off?

 

Simply slide the small switch next to the F12 key to the left or right.

 

  

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Start working with the Yogitype

How can I quickly adapt to using the Yogitype?
Can you recommend some keyboard exercises for new users?

 

Make sure you have set up your keyboard as per the above instructions.

Start typing by placing your wrists on the supports and placing the index fingers on the F and J keys – you will feel the small bump on the keys to indicate the home keys. Now type  fj fj fj fj a number of times to feel the keys.  You will notice that as you hit the key it lights up to confirm which key has been struck.

Place the small fingers on the A and ; keys – these keys also have a marker bump. Now type fja;  fja;  faj; fj;a  a few times to get the feel of these keys.

Keeping your fingers on the home row keys F A J ;  briefly lift your wrist from the supports. If the supports remain in the centre of their spring point they are positioned correctly. If not, then adjust the position of the supports accordingly. Check that the wrists are placed in the centre of the supports.

Practise the keys of the home row -  fdsa  jkl;  fdsa  jkl;   Where each of the fingers does one of the keys and the thumbs operate the spacebar. The spacebar keys are clearly indicated by a ridge on each key. Repeat this exercise until the keys and the positing of the fingers feels familiar.

Now type the following -  fvfr  dcde  sxsw  azaq  jmju  k,ki  l.lo  ;/;p  gbgt  hnhy. Take care that each finger sticks to its own row. Repeat this a few times.

When this feels familiar, start typing your own name. Repeat this until you can type it without any mistakes. Then start typing texts of your own choice so that your fingers become accustomed to their new positions. Do not become overly concerned with following the lights as you type, just allow your fingers to naturally sense the keys and follow the results on your screen. 

Using this keyboard you can quickly learn to touch type. Your confidence will soon grow as your fingers never hide the letters and the lights provide a quick confirmation that you have pressed the correct key. The wrist rests also automatically return the fingers to the correct home position making it easier to find the correct keys.

You may initially find that your fingers feel a bit disorientated when using the Yogitype, so we suggest that you practice in stretches of around 10 to 15 minutes at a time to become accustomed to the layout of the keys.  Be assured, it will not take long before you are back up to your typing speed and your fingers have adjusted to the positioning of the keys.

 

How long will it take me to become a good touch typist using my Yogitype keyboard?

 

This will depend on your age and whether you are already a good touch typist.  Tests have shown that the majority of under the age of 20, who are touch typists, can master the Yogitype within 5 minutes!

For those who are older than 30 they need to complete two or three practice sessions lasting at least 10 minutes each to build up their typing speed.

If you are not a touch typist it will take slightly longer to master this skill.  However, you could not have a better system to learn to touch type because your finger positions are well defined and the verification lights will help to build your confidence and speed.
Learning to touch type on a conventional keyboard takes around 50 hours – this can be dramatically reduced to around 30 hours using your Yogitype.

Many people with relatively stiff arms have found that they can touch type on the Yogitype, where they really stuggled using a conventional keyboard.

Furthermore, you also have the ergonomic advantage of the Yogitype which dramatically reduces muscle fatigue while typing.

 

  

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