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Lomak keyboard

Lomak keyboard

This light-operated mouse and keyboard was invented by an Auckland electrician, Mike Watling. It was designed to allow physically disabled people to use a keyboard more easily. Industrial Research Limited (IRL), a Crown research institute, provided technical expertise for the development which went into commercial production in 2006.  IRL was transformed into a stand-alone Crown entity, Callaghan Innovation, to commercialise research and technology in 2013.

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Simon Nathan, 'Research institutions - Government research organisations', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/44986/lomak-keyboard (accessed 27 February 2020)

Story by Simon Nathan, published 22 Oct 2014