What is the Balance Keyboard?
The Balance Keyboard is the perfect pair to the Rollermouse. Designed to fit seamlessly to the Rollermouse in style and functionality, the Balance Keyboard is the first keyboard by Contour Design.
Along with being the perfect fit for the RollerMouse, the Balance Keyboard had been designed with the battery housing on it's front edge.
This allows for multiple tilt angles relative to the position of the roller bar. The keyboard can be positioned at a negative, neutral, or positive typing angle.
We began concept development with the goal of creating a full sized keyboard which could be paired with our RollerMouse products. The keyboard would also have to incorporate the needs of both a Scandinavian and American marketplace.
Initial concepts were large keyboards, in some cases incorporating a wrist rest for more comfortable typing. All the while mirroring the design style of the RollerMouse Red.
In order to satisfy the Scandinavian, European, and American markets, it was determined early on that the keyboard would have to be adopted to both ANSI and ISO key layouts. This would allow us to come out with versions of the keyboard in multiple languages including English, French, German, and Pan-Nordic.
First Round Designs
Our first round designs presented the full size keyboard layout with small changes to the shaping on the bodies.
These designs succeeded in showing a keyboard with our branding style, however further discussion expressed a desire for a slimmer wireless keyboard design that would be more acceptable for our larger global market goals.
Second Round Design
Along with shifting our focus to a thinner keyboard concept, we also made the larger change of moving the battery housing to the front edge of the keyboard. This allowed us to keep the keys level relative to our RollerMouse products as well as achieve an additional negative degree typing angle.
During our refinement, we also had the inside to adjust the size of our "A" key to make it larger. This coming from a surprising number of users who expressed concerns with accidentally hitting the caps lock more often then desired.
After extended refinement, the design was completed in the summer of 2016. Our design was also granted a design patent based on it's unique shaping and key alterations.
Design Patent #D794,023