Universal Wireless Keyboards for iOS, Android, Windows, Tablets and Computers


As people are increasingly using a variety of computing devices, it’s often necessary to switch between different devices while working. Universal keyboards save space by letting you have a single keyboard at your desk, and switch between devices. So, with one keyboard you can work on your smart phone, tablet, and desktop. Using a single keyboard is helpful because it takes up less space, and you can learn one keyboard rather than three or more. Not all keyboards feature easy switching, so you’ll need to look specifically for that feature.

Typing Efficiency

Laptop keyboards generally have a non-standard placement for arrow keys as well as the CTRL, ALT, Option, Fn (function), and Windows Start key (or Apple Command key). Variations between laptop keyboards, desktop keyboard, and Windows vs. Apple can limit your ability to have high familiarity and efficiency when moving from one computing device to another. Having a single standard keyboard that works on all devices (home, office, mobile) can help.

Keyboard Models

  • Anker® T320 Ultrathin Keyboard – Compatible across Android, iOS, and Windows, enabling you to mix and match with devices.
  • Logitech Wireless All-In-One Keyboard TK820 with Built-In Touchpad – This innovative keyboard seamlessly integrates typing, touch and gestures. So now you have everything you need to control and navigate your computer in one device. With a large, built-in touch pad, you can type and swipe comfortably together. It’s a new way to navigate—especially in Windows 8.
  • Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810 – Type in style with this elegantly designed, Bluetooth illuminated keyboard for Windows 8. Press one button to instantly switch between typing an email on your Windows PC, taking notes on your Apple iPad or replying to a text on your Android smartphone. With sharp, bright, backlit characters, this keyboard lets you create and communicate more easily on more devices—even in the dark.
  • Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard – For iPad, iPhone, Android devices, and Windows tablets. Operating system switch allows you to easily switch between devices.
  • Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard for Windows Tablets – This is a nicely styled keyboard, but primarily for Windows Tablet computers.
  • Minisuit BluBoard – BluBoard supports devices running Bluetooth 3.0 on iOS, Android, Blackberry, Kindle, and Windows. Acer, Blackberry Playbook, Google Nexus, iPad, Mini 2nd Gen, Kindle Fire HD/HDx, Microsoft Surface, Motorola, Samsung Galaxy Note, Tab, and many more!

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Below are images of the keyboards mentioned above.

Avoid Repetitive Stress With These Seven Technologies

It’s common for most people to do the majority of their computing and communications using a desktop computer or a smartphone. For some people, their time is largely spent with one device or another. Someone with a desk job might spent 8 hours on a desktop computer. Others may read text messages, write emails, and follow Facebook using a smartphone. For many people, their time spent using technology may be 12 or more hours per day.

Here are five technologies you should consider using to diversify the stress placed on your body by today’s technology.

#1 Touch Screen

For part of your workday, using a touch screen computer or tablet device, helps get your hands away from the repetitive use of mice and keyboards. The light touch controls of touch screens are easy on the hands. This technology is especially well suited for reading and browsing the web.

An Apple iPad or Android tablet can be an excellent relief from smartphone overuse. Single-handed smartphone use places a repetitive stress on the hands as some fingers curl to hold the phone while other uncomfortably stretch to reach keys.

With a touch screen, regardless of whether we’re left handed or right handed, it’s possible to easily use both hands for interacting with the computer. This isn’t necessarily the case with a mouse or pen.

#2 Touch Pad Pointer

There are a number of touch pads available as alternatives to using a mouse. A touch pad offers a low-impact interface for navigation that’s similar to a touch screen in terms of placing minimal stress on the hands. Larger more sensitive track pads with multiple gestures are ideal. Touch pads specifically designed for Windows may offer greater support and programability. For Apple computer users, the Apple trackpad has a large surface, sensitive touch, and multiple gestures.

With a touch pad pointer, regardless of whether we’re left handed or right handed, it’s possible to easily use both hands for interacting with the computer. This isn’t necessarily the case with a mouse or pen.

#3 Stylus

A capacity stylus works with a variety of touch surfaces as an alternative to using your fingers. An additional benefit of a large trackpad like the one described above is that you can use a stylus as an additional alternate pointing device. A stylus can also be used on an iPad or other tablet device.

#4 Light Weight Mouse

More expensive mice offer more features, but they can sometimes be heavier than the chapter models. For about $8, Dell has a simple USB optical mouse that is very light weight and includes mouse buttons that require very little force to click. The Apple Magic Mouse is a wireless bluetooth mouse that’s a bit heavier than the Dell, but the surface is touch sensitive allowing for light touch interactions.

#5 Short-Travel Keyboard

Traditional keyboards have long-travel keys that require more effort to type on. In recent years, short-travel keyboards have become popular, especially in laptop computers as a space saving measure. Wired USB or wireless bluetooth keyboards can be purchased that will offer a less stressful typing experience. Apple keyboards offer an excellent design in this regard and the new Magic Keyboard has an even shorter key travel. Popular Windows keyboards typically have short-travel keys.

#6 Voice Recognition Dictation

In recent years, voice recognition and transcription has made voice to text dictation possible with greater accuracy. By speaking rather than typing, it’s possible to write the equivalent speed of 80 to 100 words per minute with close to 100% accuracy depending on the vocabulary you’re using. Spending some of your day dictating emails can provide an excellent alternative to typing. Combine this with walking and it’s possible to get some great exercise in as well. Voice recognition is common in smartphones. The newer Apple operating systems include dictation built-in. So, taking to type is possible even while at the desktop.

#7 Drawing Pad

Drawing pads are fairly inexpensive and they can be a good alternative pointing device that gets your hands off the keyboard or mouse by using a pen as an alternative.

Economical Standing Workstation Computer Desk Solution

The JustStand.org website lists many proven clinical health benefits of standing more at work.

The cost of an adjustable standing workstation can be hundreds of dollars, and many companies are spending thousands of dollars to purchase adjustable standing workstation conversion kits for all of their employees.

An option that may be more practical and cost-effective would be to consider all-in-one touchscreen computers like the one shown here that can accommodate working while standing up or sitting down. The model shown here is a Dell All-In-One 9010. The current version of this computer is the 9030 model for $900 (there’s currently a $385 discount off the $1285 price).

No other expensive equipment or office furniture is required. These work well with existing office furniture. With the screen tilted up it is possible to use the onscreen keyboard and the touchscreen replaces the need for a mouse. When sitting it is possible to switch back to the traditional keyboard and mouse interaction. This approach could save hundreds of dollars per person, and the health benefits would be significant.

Another health benefit of this workstation configuration is that by using the touchscreen display the left and right hands are engaged in the touchscreen activity rather than having a very narrowly defined mouse clicking action performed solely by one hand — which can lead to repetitive stress injuries.


7-Port USB 3.0 Hub with 12V/3A Power Adapter


The AmazonBasics 7 Port USB 3.0 Hub with 12V/3A power adapter is a good choice because it meets the latest USB standards and offers the port power needed for hard drives and other devices that need powered ports. There are two ‘fast charge’ ports that offer the higher amps needed for fast charging devices. [Buy Now]

From the Manufacturer

This Hi-Speed USB 3.0 7-Port Hub with 5V/2.5A power adapter provides four downstream USB ports for Plug-and-Play connectivity to your USB 1.1, 2.0, and 3.0 devices. A perfect lightweight tool, this compact hub tucks easily into the pocket of your laptop bag or can be stored neatly on your desk. It offers an ideal way to connect on the road, and virtually anywhere you need fast, handy access to your USB devices. [View on Amazon]

USB 2.0 or 3.0?

AmazonBasics USB hubs and cables have different version numbers (2.0 and 3.0) that indicates their transfer speed. The higher the version number, the faster they can work. However, to get the full power, the host and the device must have the same version. If not, the lowest USB version in the chain will control the speed. For example, if your computer has a 2.0 USB port, your cable is 3.0, and your phone is 3.0, you will achieve 2.0 speed. If all three (computer, cable, and phone) all have 3.0 then you will have 3.0 speed. The AmazonBasics USB 3.0 4-Port Hub is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1. [View on Amazon]

System Requirements

Desktop or notebook computer with USB port, and one of the following operating systems (no driver needed): Windows 2000/Win XP/Vista/Windows 7 & Mac 10.1 up. Connect digital cameras, iPods and iPhones, card readers, USB speakers, and more. [View on Amazon]

Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging

This AmazonBasics product features Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging that is recyclable. It comes without excess packaging materials such as hard plastic clamshell casings, plastic bindings, or wire ties. The packaging is designed to be opened without the use of a box cutter or knife, and it will protect your product just as well as traditional packaging. Products with Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging can frequently be shipped in their own boxes, without an additional shipping box, saving on resources and reducing waste. [View on Amazon]

What’s in the Box & Basic Features

  • Package includes: 1 USB 3.0 7 Port Hub / 1 12V 3A Power Adapter / 1 USB 3.0 Cable (3 feet) / 1 Owner’s Manual
  • Compatible with USB 3.0 and backwards compatible with USB 2.0
  • Support Low speed (1.5 Mbps)/ Full speed (12 Mbps)/High speed (480 Mbps)/ Super speed (5 Gbps)
  • Support auto switching between self-power and buspower mode
  • Note: This product is not intended to charge iPads/other tablets

Product Owners Manual & User Guide

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Choosing a Color Printer: InkJet or Laser?


When it’s time to purchase a new printer, one of the first questions to consider is whether to purchase a laser printer or an inkjet printer. This page offers some considerations and suggestions in exploring your options.

Color InkJet Printers

Here are some points to consider regarding InkJet printers:

  • Lower purchase price compared to laser printers.
  • Cost of operation may be higher for those who print a lot. Although, some inkjet printers in the $400 price range or higher have economical high capacity ink cartridges.
  • Cost of operation may be higher (per page) for those who print very infrequently because the ink cartridges on some printers can dry out when not used for long periods of time (several weeks or more).
  • Good for people who print frequently (several times a week) but don’t print a lot of pages.
  • Good choice for people wanting to print pictures on photo paper.
  • Printing in high quality mode can be slow unless you purchase a more expensive inkjet printer.
  • Lower priced inkjet printers are typically small and light weight.
  • If you want scanning, copying, printing, and possibly faxing, there are inexpensive inkjet printers that offer these features.

Color Laser Printers

Here are some points to consider regarding Laser printers:

  • Higher cost to purchase initially, but long-term lower cost of ownership for those who do a lot of printing.
  • Toner is used instead of ink and it doesn’t dry out like ink cartridges used by inkjet printers.
  • Typically faster printing than low priced inkjet printers. Although, at the $400 to $500 price range, many inkjet printers are now as fast as laser printers.
  • Generally heavier and bigger than inkjet printers because multiple large toner cartridges are used and the printing mechanism is heavy. However, some expensive inkjet printers can be as big or bigger than laser printers, so it depends on the printer.
  • To get scanning, copying, printing, and possibly faxing capabilities, a laser printing system will likely cost more than an inkjet printer offering the same features.

Purchase Choices

Here are links to some top rated inkjet and laser printers on Amazon that you can consider based on your budget.

It’s best to choose from the above options based on what you feel your needs are, and then contact us to confirm it’s the right choice for you.


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Equipment and Setup for Online Collaboration

There are a variety of services and technologies available for online collaboration. For example, Skype offers the ability to have video chat with a group, and also share your screen. Services like Zoom.us, Adobe Connect, BlackBoard Collaborate, and Microsoft Lync have additional tools useful for online conferencing and education. Most of these services perform fairly well with a fast computer and fast internet connection. Here are some suggestions for creating the best experience for an online session using audio and/or video with additional features like screen sharing and multi-user participation.

  1. Network Speed. Regardless of the service used, if the Internet speed is slow, the quality will suffer. With most Internet usage, we receive content (such as watching videos or listening to streaming music), but are not uploading content as frequently. With video conferencing, it’s important that your Internet upload speed (bandwidth) be sufficient.
    • It may be necessary to purchase an Internet service package with more download speed than you feel you need in order to get enough upload speed. Usually, for a typical Internet service package, the upload speed is about 5% to 10% of the download speed. If you have a 50Mbps plan, the upload speed might be 5Mbps.
    • Both people at each end of a one-to-one session will need to have this faster Internet service.
    • With conferences that have many people remotely viewing, such video delivery (one to many) is usually handled by a server so you only need sufficient bandwidth for your own connection.
    • Most services can work with slower connections, but the quality may suffer.
    • The best way to check the quality of your connection is to run a test ahead of time.
  2. Headset. People sometimes use the speakers and built-in microphone on their computer for conferencing. This can result in poor audio. The computer can only do so much to alleviate feedback and background noise. So, the instructor / presenter and individual participants should definitely consider a headset. Or, in a one-to-one session both people should have a headset for the best audio quality.
  3. Group Microphone. For groups sharing a camera, getting the best quality microphone is essential. Having a separate high quality USB microphone can ensure that all participants are properly heard at the other end. Using a USB extension cable is important to ensure that the microphone can be placed in the best location.
  4. Camera Person. From the presenter / instructor perspective, looking at an entire group of people in a room and interacting with them sometimes isn’t that ideal. From a distance it’s hard to tell who is talking. Having a volunteer to work the camera helps. Or, alternatively, if people who are speaking can move forward closer to the camera.
  5. Multi-Camera. For larger groups, a multi-cam session might be helpful. This would require two computers be signed into the session simultaneously where the group is. In large auditoriums, sometimes there will be two microphones where people with questions can stand. This is where you’d want the web cams for a remote participant to see the questioners better. If there are breakout sessions at a conference, a remote participant or leader could engage with different groups.
  6. Fast Computer. While usually the Internet is the bottleneck for video communications, it can really help to have a fast computer.
  7. Quality Camera. Using a 720p or higher resolution webcam can be nice. Some systems may be constrained to using 4:3 image size and lower resolution video image anyway, but if the system supports it, the 16:9 viewing angle can get more people in the shot. If your Internet connection is fast enough, it’s possible to have 720p or higher resolution video.
  8. Independent Camera. Laptop computers, and some all-in-one desktops, have a video camera and microphone built-in. These usually work okay. However, separate components sometimes yield better quality results. Having a separate camera and microphone (rather than a single combined unit) can be nice because sometimes the optimal placement of the microphone will be different than the optimal placement of the camera. The camera may be set back a ways to show an entire group, but the microphone should be closer.
  9. Tech Support. Juggling the above variables requires experience and it’s often a good idea to have a technical support person available to help with setup.
  10. Preliminary Testing. It’s essential to test everything out ahead of time so you can make the adjustments needed for the best quality experience. This sometimes means buying additional equipment.

Mobile Phone Wireless Carriers

This is a short list of mobile phone wireless service providers to consider:

  • ATT.com – Fairly good coverage. Economical pricing for shared data plans. $100/mo. for 10GB shared among several phones. Out of contract smart phones are $15/mo. extra on the shared family plan. So, it’s possible to have 10GB shared among three phones for about $145.
    • Drawbacks: While AT&T has fairly good coverage, it definitely is spotty. For this reason, AT&T sells a MicroCell product (for about $100 to $150) that you can buy if the signal in your home is inadequate. The MicroCell connects to your Internet router. This, of course, requires that you purchase Internet service at home.
  • CricketWireless.com – Good coverage from coast to coast. Get 10GB data and unlimited everything else for $55/mo. (after auto pay discount).  Second line is $10 off, Third line is $20 off. Fourth line is $30 off. Then $40 off on the fifth line. Save $100 with five lines. Other plans are $40 for 1GB, $50 for 3GB.
    • Drawbacks: Limited store locations. Walmart is listed as the local store for most locations.
  • GoUSMobile.com – Mobile phone plans starting at $3 per month.
  • Net10Wireless.com – Unlimited data, text, talk for $40 a month.
  • RepublicWireless.com – Unlimited everything for $5 per month over wireless. Other plans are at $10, $25, and $40/mo. Make and receive calls over WiFi or mobile.
    • Drawbacks: Limited phone selection. Lower priced plans only include 3G coverage. Higher priced plan is 4G only and not LTE.
  • Sprint.com – Get 20GB data for $100/mo + $15 per phone up to 10 phones (offer good through 2015). Or, $60 for one phone plan with unlimited data.
  • T-Mobile.com – Get 5GB data for $70/mo or unlimited for $80/mo. Or, four phones for $130/mo with each phone getting 2.5GB data and the primary phone getting unlimited data.
    • Drawbacks: Limited LTE and 4G coverage and limited store locations. Many areas only served by 3G.
  • VerizonWireless.com – Typically has very good coverage.
    • Drawbacks: Service plans are fairly expensive. For example, with AT&T, fast 4G LTE service would be about $145. With Verizon it’s $220.



The NETGEAR ReadyNAS is a data storage system for home or business that allows secure local and remote access to files. [Buy]

Product Description

Perfect for all your data including large photo and movie collections, ReadyNAS makes it easy to backup all your valuable content in one secure location where you can then stream it, share it, and access it from anywhere. Not only does ReadyNAS automatically store previous versions of files with hourly backups, it is also fully compatible with the Apple Time Machine for remote or local file backup and recovery from Mac computers. Your files are safe and sound with NETGEAR ReadyNAS.


  • Safe and easy backup for all your computers and mobile devices
  • Stream movies and music with DLNA, iTunes, & PLEX
  • Enjoy and share content from all your devices, anywhere with free mobile apps
  • Automatic RAID protection against disk failure
  • Exclusive snapshot technology for recovering past versions of a file
  • 1.2GHz processor and 512MB on-board memory
  • 4-bays for 16TB maximum capacity
  • Easy drive install plus hot swap


  • Stream all your videos—Stream your movies, music and photos to DLNA-enabled smart TVs and game consoles
  • Access your files from anywhere—Wherever you are, your data is there with you. Use the ReadyCLOUD mobile app or web portal for access from any device
  • Share it all—Easily share files with friends, family and co-workers
  • Stay in sync—Keep everything up to date with the ReadyDROP sync folder
  • Store recorded surveillance footage—View, manage, and store recorded video from up to 16 IP cameras per ReadyNAS (premium feature)


  • Stream all your videos—Stream your movies, music and photos to DLNA-enabled smart TVs and game consoles
  • Access your files from anywhere—Wherever you are, your data is there with you. Use the ReadyCLOUD mobile app or web portal for access from any device
  • Share it all—Easily share files with friends, family and co-workers
  • Stay in sync—Keep everything up to date with the ReadyDROP sync folder
  • Store recorded surveillance footage—View, manage, and store recorded video from up to 16 IP cameras per ReadyNAS (premium feature)

Data Protection

  • Back it up—Securely back up files from your PC and Mac computer. Automatically back up your mobile photos
  • Disk failure protection—RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6, RAID 10 and XRAID disk failure protection
  • Virus protection—Real-time virus protection
  • File restoration—Hourly snapshots of your files for point-in-time recovery

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3D Printing, Scanning, and Design Resources


This page offers information about 3D printing, scanning, and design. This page will be updated over time.

3D Printer Websites


MakerBot 3D Printing Discussion

MakerBot Replicator

DeeGreen 3D Printer

3D Printing at the University of Iowa

UP! Plust 3D Printer Demo