LOGAN, Utah – As most electronics manufacturers make the move away from physical keyboards and towards solely touch interfaces, rugged handheld manufacturer, Juniper Systems, says physical keyboards still have a place in the rugged data collection world, especially for applications that involve high volumes of data entry.
In a recent blog post, Juniper named several key benefits that physical keyboards offer for data collection, that entirely touch interfaces simply can’t provide.
- Faster data entry – Keying in data is much faster when there’s no worry of inadvertently touching the wrong part of the screen.
- Higher accuracy – Physical keys provide direct tactile feedback response, reducing the number of errors in data entry.
- Rapid, non-visual data entry – Some data collectors get so comfortable with the keyboard (like many log scalers, for example), that they can rapidly enter in data without even looking at the keys.
- Safety – Using non-visual data entry, workers spend less time with their heads down, allowing for increased awareness of their surroundings.
- Reliability – Physical keyboards are not subject to weather conditions, as on-screen keyboards are. Rain, snow, and dirt can affect a touch screen’s responsiveness, and bright sunlight can affect visibility. Physical keyboards provide reliable performance in any conditions.
- Productivity – Physical keys can be programmed to carry out background tasks with the press of a button.
Juniper Systems points to the physical keys featured on its Allegro 2™ and Archer 2™ handhelds, both of which are designed for data intensive applications. Read Juniper Systems’ full blog post at http://bit.ly/1KkcoU4.
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