As part of the technology team at Optical Express Magazine, I’ve spent a lot of time in darkened rooms trying to type shortcuts into a keyboard.
Anyone, who like me, does a lot of photo and video editing will know that most studio environments are often barely lit. This means that spending time in front of a screen can have a real strain on your eyes, this is made even worse when you’re expected to refocus and type at the same time, even if the typing only involves shortcuts.
New keyboard for media professionals
Editing rooms are made darker so the focus is on the brightly lit screen. Film and TV editors need a particular attention to detail when editing to make sure that they don’t miss any tiny details that can be picked up later by eagle eyed viewers in full HD.
Manchester based editing equipment company Editor Keys have used online crowd funding to create a backlit keyboard that has a much more comfortable working experience when editing in the dark. It proved really popular when the crowd sourcing campaign reached 50% funding in less than 48 hours.
Working in the dark
This revolutionary new keyboard will make a massive difference to photo and video editors the world over, and here at Optical Express Magazine we’re surprised somebody hasn’t thought of this unique gadget before.
Our own Stephan Hannan, Clinical Services Director at Optical Express said of the keyboard; “This innovation should significantly reduce eye strain symptoms such as headaches, sore eyes and difficulty focusing which can occur in situations with poor visibility over long periods of time. This will ultimately improve efficiency for the user & improve eye health in the long term”.
Technology for the eyes
Editor Keys supply equipment to professional broadcasters like the BBC and ITV, but the backlit keyboard will be a boon for amateur video and photo editors as well as an essential tool for digital agencies and other users who labour over bright screens in darkened rooms.
The benefits of those working in these conditions are boundless, and eye health could really improve as a result. For more on the crowd sourcing campaign have a look for Editor Keys on Kickstarter. We hope to see the keyboard in action across the world very soon.