About Us

Blue Orb Inc.

Blue Orb is a technology company that develops computer technology for persons with disabilities. Blue Orb created and now markets and sells the orbiTouch Keyless Keyboard. The orbiTouch is a patented computer keyboard and mouse that requires no finger or wrist motion to operate. It was developed for people who do not have the finger or hand dexterity to use a regular keyboard or mouse. It is used by people who have arm or hand prostheses or who have limited hand and finger use due to injury, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, stroke, cerebral palsy and many other physical conditions. It is also being successfully used by people who are visually impaired, blind, have autism, or have traumatic brain injury.

The orbiTouch has received numerous positive industry reviews, the prestigious daVinci award for design, and the top honor for accessible technology at the Consumer Electronics Show. Through Blue Orb, Dr. McAlindon has successfully secured three sequential rounds of funding from the National Science Foundation’s SBIR program and more than $5,000,000 in angel investor funding. Dr. McAlindon is in the process of completing a three-year National Science Foundation grant to help people with disabilities become entrepreneurs. Additionally, he is a co-founder of venVelo, Florida’s newest business accelerator and seed capital fund.

To learn about orbiTouch’s success with Autistic children, click here.


orbiTouch vs. QWERTY Keyboard Speed for Persons With and Without Disabilities

Average typing speed report (PDF)

Learning curves and typing speeds vary from individual to individual. These performance curves are the averages of the people who have typed using the orbiTouch for at least 50 hours.

orbiTouch Research Papers

Jentsch, F. & McAlindon, P. (2001). Using sequential data analyses to determine optimum layout for an alternative keyboard. Proceedings of the Human Factors Society, 45th Annual Meeting, Minneapolis.

Jentsch, F., Hitt, J. M., & McAlindon, P. (2001). Force and displacement preferences for an alternative keyboard. Proceedings of the Human Factors Society, 45th Annual Meeting, Minneapolis.

McAlindon, P. & Jentsch, F. (1999). An alternative keyboard for typists with carpal tunnel syndrome. Proceedings of HCI International ’99, Munich, Germany.

McAlindon, P. J., Stanney, K. M. & Silver, N. (1995). The Keybowl: An ergonomically designed document processing device. The 2nd ACM/SIGCAPH Conference on Assistive Technologies, Vancouver, Canada.

McAlindon, P. J. & Lee, C. H. (1995). Perceived workload between the Keybowl and the QWERTY keyboard. Proceedings of the Human Factors Society, 39th Annual Meeting, San Diego.

McAlindon, P. J., Stanney, K. M. & Silver, N. (1995). A comparative analysis of typing errors between the Keybowl and the QWERTY keyboard. Proceedings of the Human Factors Society, 39th Annual Meeting, San Diego.

McAlindon, P. J. (1995). An analysis of motion in typing with the Keybowl. Proceedings of the Sixteenth Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering. Pergamon Press.

McAlindon, P. J. (1994). The development and evaluation of the keybowl: A study on an ergonomically designed alphanumeric input device. Proceedings of the Human Factors Society, 38th Annual Meeting, Nashville.

McAlindon, P. J. (1993). Performance measures in an ergonomically designed keyboard. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Orlando.