A pocket computer one hand keyboard in 1991

A young inventor, Edgar Matias, works with University of Toronto professor Bill Buxton to solve the main problem of the mini-computer. The pocket computer is useful, but the physical keyboard is too small for the touch typist. Edgar Matias invented a solution.

“While the pocket computers are cute and functional, they’re too small for the touch typist,” explained reporter Howard Green in a profile for the CBC business program Venture on Feb. 10, 1991. “Two hands just won’t fit the real estate.”

Matias said he was sitting in English class, “staring off into the distance,” when it struck him.

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