Finger-Specific Key Presses Could Speed up Computer Interaction (image) University of Waterloo Share Print E-Mail Caption If you're looking for a way to use a computer more efficiently, researchers at the University of Waterloo's David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science may have a solution for you. Master's candidate Jingjie Zheng and Professor Daniel Vogel have recently filed a patent that would allow computer users to trigger different shortcut commands by pressing the same keyboard key with different fingers, hands, or hand postures. Quick facts 1 - People can use different hand postures to press the same key quickly and accurately across the keyboard using both hands. 2 - People like the index finger and the thumb with other fingers closed most. They are the fastest too! 3 - People don't like the ring finger and the middle finger both with other fingers closed. You could probably imagine why. 4 - Using different postures are as fast as different modifier keys when pressing the same key to activate commands! Credit Jingjie Zheng, Daniel Vogel (University of Waterloo) Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.