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Wireless orbiTouch Now Available

wireless orbiTouch keyboard

orbiTouch Wireless is available in white (not shown).


We are excited to announce the availability of the Wireless orbiTouch Keyless Keyboard

OrbiTouch Wireless resembles it’s predecessor, the original orbiTouch, on all levels except one–we’ve eliminated the cord. Through customer feedback, we’ve been able to create an orbiTouch that is wireless, efficient, and powerful. The orbiTouch Wireless is battery powered and works with a wireless USB receiver. If you would like to know more about orbiTouch Keyless Keyboard, you are invited to read Testimonials, Research and Reviews.

Features and benefits of orbiTouch Wireless:

Increased flexibility and mobility

Users are no longer confined to cord length. The new orbiTouch wireless can be conveniently mounted onto a wheelchair.

Increased comfort

Not only does orbiTouch’s unique design take the pain out of typing, but the user can now recline in their favorite chair and use a computer comfortably from anywhere in the room.

Works with a variety of special needs

OrbiTouch Keyless Keyboard has a broad range of applications, such as hand and finger injury, arthritis, carpal tunnel, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, muscular dystrophy, and autism.

The team at orbiTouch would love to connect with you. To order your Wireless orbiTouch today, please visit our Products page. If you would like to get in touch, please contact us via the form below or call today at 1.888.385.1936.


Free orbiTouch Keyless Keyboards Available to Wounded Veterans

The makers of orbiTouch Keyless Keyboard are proud to support wounded veterans. Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation of Winter Park, Florida, has donated 35 orbiTouch Keyless Keyboards to Orlando VA Medical Center to help wounded veterans become more productive and independent.

If you or someone you know could benefit from this program, please fill out the “Try orbiTouch Risk Free Today” form at the bottom of the page and indicate you would like a donated orbiTouch keyboard for a wounded veteran. Donation recipients will receive a free orbiTouch and free training. Units are awarded upon a first come, first served basis, so please contact us today if you would like one. Veterans will need a referral from a case worker. The generous donation made by Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation is a welcome addition to 15 orbiTouch units donated by Veteran Corps of America.

 How orbiTouch Helps Wounded Veterans

By eliminating hand and wrist motion, orbiTouch is able to help wounded veterans with the following conditions painlessly use a computer keyboard:

  • Hand and Finger Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Prosthetics
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stroke
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

We would like to thank Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation and Veterans Corps of America for their generosity and compassion toward our heroes in the United States Armed Forces.

ATiA Orlando 2012

Assistive Technology Industry Association’s semi-annual conference is coming to Orlando next week, and we here at orbiTouch couldn’t be more excited. ATiA Conferences are like the Superbowl in the assistive technology industry, except they happen twice a year, once in Orlando and once in Chicago. We heard great things about the ATiA Chicago conference back in November, and we can’t wait to see what they bring to Orlando.

With over 100 exhibitors and a jam packed schedule of presenters, we know this year’s conference brings great things. With so many respected industry professionals speaking, it’s difficult to plan your day, so we picked two of the sessions we are most looking forward to. Unfortunately, they are both at the same time–Thursday, January 26 from 8:00-9:00 AM, but make sure you send representatives to each.

“AT year in review: 2011’s Hits/Misses Cliffs Notes Style” 

Michele Paley, Enablemart

With so many emerging AT products, it’s difficult to know which ones really help and which ones are just fads. Michele Paley, Product Manager for Enablemart, a leading reseller of assistive technology (including orbiTouch), knows first hand. Ms.Paley will address how to determine the efficacy of new technologies on a user by user basis. We know she will do an incredible job and look forward to hearing about her product experiences.

“Accommodating Individuals with Limited Dexterity: Common Workplace Situations and Solutions”

Elizabeth Simpson and Teresa Goddard, Job Accommodation Network

Multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, prosthesis, hand and wrist injuries, carpal tunnel: All of these conditions produce limited dexterity and pose multiple challenges is at work. While employers initially balk at outfitting workspaces for persons with special needs because they think it will be too expensive, top leadership of multi-national companies such as Marriott tell us otherwise.

Elisabeth Simpson and Teresa Goddard of Job Accomodation Network (JAN),  the prevailing experts on disability employment, will illuminate the issues individuals with limited dexterity encounter in the workplace. Ms. Simpson and Ms. Goddard will show us actual workplace accommodations JAN has used to improve special needs employability.  We at orbiTouch are knowledgable about the ramifications limited dexterity has on typing and computer interface, but we are eager to learn about other issues individuals who have limited use of their hands face in the workplace and how to use assistive tech to overcome these challenges.

Interested? Check out the ATiA Orlando 2012 Official Website and download Conference Schedule for more information. If you are attending the conference and would like to meet up, give us a shoutout on Twitter or Facebook. Hope to see you there!

Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation donates 35 orbiTouch units to Orlando VA Medical Center

Units will be used for multi-year initiative to help wounded veterans become entrepreneurs.

WINTER PARK, FLORIDA–Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation of Winter Park, Florida, has donated 35 orbiTouch Keyless Keyboards toward a program helping wounded veterans become entrepreneurs. The program is based in a three year Small Business Innovation Research grant awarded to Blue Orb, Inc., parent company of orbiTouch, by National Science Foundation in a partnership with Central Florida Disability Chamber of Commerce.

This initiative, named Project Mercury, has already attracted other partnerships in the Central Florida area including Orlando VA Medical Center, who will be the recipient of the 35 orbiTouch devices. Orlando VA Medical Center will in turn recommend service-disabled participants for the program and provide space for training and orientation on the donated orbiTouch Keyless Keyboards.

Project Mercury gives persons with disabilities tools to become more independent and pursue their business passions. One of these tools will be 35 orbiTouch Keyless Keyboards generously donated by Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation. This donation is a welcome addition to15 units donated earlier this year by Veteran Corps of America.

Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation has an extensive history of combining philanthropy, tradition, and compassion for worthy and charitable causes. According to the foundation’s website, the mission of EBCF is to “create innovative civic solutions helping people help themselves.”

The fulfillment of this mission is evident in the orbiTouch donation. Lack of opportunity is a common reason for underrepresentation of service-disabled veterans in today’s workforce. By providing tools and education for service-disabled veterans, organizations like Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation continue to fight the good fight against veteran and disabled unemployment. Such issues were examined by an Orlando Sentinel article featuring orbiTouch, which can be accessed here.

Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, Orlando VA Medical Center, and orbiTouch invite wounded veterans to participate in this exciting program. If you or a friend or family member could benefit from this initiative, please contact elizabeth@orbiTouch.com 

OrbiTouch salutes our veterans by fighting unemployment

They fought for America. Now we can make America a country worth coming home to through jobs.

“As it says on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., “Freedom is Not Free.”  Our wounded warriors serve as a constant reminder of the real cost of war.  Brave Americans sacrifice their bodies—and sometimes even their lives—so we can live in a free country.  It is the ultimate sacrifice and something we will never be able to fully repay.”

–OrbiTouch blog, May 2011

While celebrations like Veteran’s Day are crucial in expressing our appreciation for those who have served, what we need to do is to continue making America a country worth fighting for. One way to do that is to fight veteran unemployment. Showing appreciation is a start. Helping our heros live a productive and fulfilling life post-Military should be the real end game.

According to The Washington Post, the unemployment rate of post-9/11 veterans hovers around 12.4 percent, higher than the national average of 9.1 percent. To reverse this dismaying situation, President Obama and the Small Business Administration are in the process of establishing a task force to help returning veterans start their own businesses.

In a similar fashion, orbiTouch is partnering with organizations such as Veteran Corps of America to help service disabled veterans become entrepreneurs. This program is anchored in a multi-year grant awarded to Blue Orb, Inc., orbiTouch’s parent company, by National Science Foundation. Blue Orb invites people with special needs to participate in this exciting program. If you or a friend or family member could benefit from this initiative, please contact elizabeth@orbiTouch.com

For most of us, war is an intangible occurrence happening thousands of miles away in countries we will never visit against an enemy we will never meet. But for our veterans, war is incredibly real, the fall out of which they will have to deal with for the rest of their lives.

While we can never fully repay the debt our men and women in the Armed Forces have taken on for our country, what we can do is make military to civilian transition easier by ensuring our soldiers can provide for themselves and their families. Helping veterans lead better lives back home is the ultimate act of patriotism.

Join orbiTouch in saluting our veterans this Friday at the Winter Park Veterans Day Celebration. Organizations such as the Department of Veterans AffairsOrlando VA Medical Center, and Disabled American Veterans will also be in attendence. Hope to see you there!

OrbiTouch to release new products

MAITLAND, FLORIDA–OrbiTouch, makers of the original keyless keyboard, are known for innovative design in assistive technology. We are extremely excited to announce the availability of two new products:  orbiTouch Wireless and orbiTouch for tablets. These products will be available first quarter of 2012.

OrbiTouch Wireless

OrbiTouch Wireless resembles it’s predecessor, the original orbiTouch, on all levels except one–we’ve eliminated the cord. Through listening to customer feedback, we’ve been able to create an orbiTouch that is wireless, efficient, and powerful.  orbiTouch Wireless is battery powered and works with a wireless USB receiver.

Benefits of orbiTouch wireless

Increased flexibility and mobility: Users are no longer confined to cord length.  The new orbiTouch wireless can even be mounted onto a wheelchair.

Increased comfort:  Not only does orbiTouch’s unique design take the pain out of typing, but the user can now recline in their favorite chair and use a computer comfortably from anywhere in the room.

OrbiTouch for Tablets

Within recent years, tablets from Apple and Motorola have increased in popularity due to their convenient size and practicality.  To adapt to growing consumer demand, orbiTouch has developed software that allows the consumer to use orbiTouch typing on their tablet screen.

Once the software is downloaded onto the tablet, typing is accomplished by using thumbs on the far left and right sides of the tablet screen and moving them in the same direction combinations as with the original orbiTouch. Because this typing method requires the user to use only their thumbs, one never has to put the tablet down to type.  He or she can hold their tablet in their hands at all times, which makes surfing the web and note taking easier than ever.  An orbiTouch application for Android will be debuted first, followed by an iPad application in the second quarter of 2012.

By specializing in products that make technology more accessible and user-friendly for all, orbiTouch has been able to help persons with disabilities become more connected, productive, and engaged.  We hope by offering alternatives to the standard keyboard, more people will have access to technology and hopefully, a better quality of life.

OrbiTouch Review: International Test and Evaluation Association

Up, down, left, right and into the corners. These are simple yet powerful words that are part of the context of a central Florida company located in the city of Maitland called Blue Orb, Inc. The words are associated with their uniquely U.S. designed, patented and manufactured technology tool called the orbiTouch®. It is an innovative, ergonomically honed keyboard that does not require the use of fingers or handwrist agility needed for a QWERTY keyboard and mouse.

A first look at the orbiTouch® keyboard causes you to wonder how any manner of typing is accomplished. However, it is as real and functional as a standard keyboard and mouse. The convincing moment comes when you actually try it out. There is one thing in particular that the orbiTouch® can do you wouldn’t normally think possible from a technology tool.

Hearing about or observing the transformation that takes place for adults and children who use the orbiTouch® keyboard can be a heartfelt experience, not only for the user but for amazed family and friends.

The driving force that creates such an experience stems from a passion to push the envelope for Internet accessibility and computer use. Envelope pushing that builds community, learning and independence for people who have disabilities such as cerebral palsy, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, prosthetic hands, or other types of limiting physical conditions. Individuals who are visually impaired, blind, have autism or traumatic brain injury have benefited from the orbiTouch® keyboard. It also enables people with no disabilities or non limiting conditions to find greater comfort by learning a new way of typing that can help avoid injuries or developing painful conditions associated with traditional keyboard typing.

For the entire article written by Elizabeth Hood of the Central Florida Chapter of ITEA, please visit www.facetpm.com/uploads/orbiTouch_article.pdf

Two domes. One mission. Independence.

With the July 4th holiday weekend fast approaching, one’s mind almost can’t help but turn to the issue of independence.  Of course, Americans celebrate Independence Day as an homage to our forefathers who fought for freedom from what they deemed an oppressive government.  But when talking about what we do in the assistive technology realm, the term independence takes on an entirely new meaning.  For a person with a disability, he or she isn’t fighting against an unfair political system, but rather overcoming his or her personal physical or mental challenges.

Independence in this context represents the ability to be self-reliant, to have the freedom to do everything and anything you please.  You are the controller of your own destiny.  You may succeed.  You may fail.  But the point is you have the ability to live your life on your own terms.

Independence and the ability to communicate is at the center of why we do what we do.  We live in a digital age where if you aren’t online, you can’t join the conversation.  You feel isolated, frustrated, and alone.  Other people can communicate, share thoughts and feelings, and build connections.  For example, if I am a wounded veteran with a permanent hand injury who has just returned from Afghanistan, and I want to connect with old friends and family members, I can’t because my disability precludes me from doing so.  I can’t use all of these platforms (social media, email, etc.) that are highly integrated into how people nowadays communicate with one another. If quality of life is determined by the strength of your social connections, then the inability to connect with others is devastating.

This is why we designed an alternative to the standard keyboard.  If normal keyboard use is not an option for you because you have limited mobility in your hands, orbiTouch could be a great alternative for you.  It gives you the chance to communicate using a computer.  And in the digital age, almost nothing is as important as the ability to share ideas.

We recently came up with a new slogan for our orbiTouch Keyless Keyboard.  It is:  “Two domes.  One mission.  Independence.” We hope this communicates how this product works and the power this it has to make a positive difference in people’s lives.

We’re not saying to give orbiTouch a try because it’s different or it will increase your typing speed, but because it represents the ability to express your personal thoughts and opinions, whatever they may be, despite physical and mental challenges.  You have the unalienable right to be your own person, and if we can give you the tools to do so, then we’ve done our job right.