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					               IntelliKeys USB Keyboard:
                                Tutorial- Part 1
IntelliKeys USB Keyboard is a flat,
programmable keyboard that plugs into your
computer. This keyboard is used to assist
individuals who have difficulty with access.
It comes with six keyboard overlays that
provide alternatives to the standard
keyboard. These assist with entering letters
and numbers, navigating on-screen displays,
and executing commands. IntelliKeys can
also be used as an alternative for mouse
functions or as a switch.


IntelliKeys USB Keyboard Features
The IntelliKeys USB keyboard has a flat, grid surface where the overlays
are placed. There are indicator lights on the left side of the keyboard.

There are two switch ports on the left side of the keyboard and a USB
cable port on the back of the keyboard. The IntelliKeys USB keyboard has
slant bar on the back on the keyboard.

               FRONT VIEW                            BACK VIEW




           Keyboard overlay area
               (no overlay inserted)




 Switch ports        Indicator lights    Slant bar      USB port and cable
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IntelliKeys Overlays
The IntelliKeys overlays consist of 6 different
keyboard designs and 1 setup overlay.
These are the standard overlays and they
have large, spaced keys with high contrast
colors. The overlays are printed on the front
and back of 4 separate cards.

Each overlay is labeled on the left-hand
side, and is encoded with a bar code that is
recognized by IntelliKeys when inserted into
the keyboard overlay area. IntelliKeys will
recognize the bar code and adjust to the overlay.

The overlays can be used to enter letters, numbers, perform navigation and
mouse functions, and to perform switch functions. Custom designed
overlays, created with specialized software, can also be used to address
specific needs. IntelliKeys USP Keyboard comes with the following
keyboard overlays:
  • Alphabet USB Overlay
  • Math Access USB Overlay
  • Mouse Access Overlay
  • Basic Writing USB Overlay
  • Qwerty USB Overlay
  • Web Access USB Overlay
  • Setup USB Overlay

NOTE: Keyboard overlays used in the IntelliKeys Classic Keyboard (Non-
USB version) are NOT compatible with the IntelliKeys USB Keyboard.




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1. Alphabet Overlay
This overlay has large keys and is
arranged in alphabetical order. It has
a few punctuation marks and
navigation keys.




2. Math Access USB Overlay
This overlay has large, high contrast
numbers and can be used with
programs that use numbers. It also
has the arrow keys for navigation, and
calculator functions to perform math
tasks.




3. Mouse Access USB Overlay
This overlay has large arrow keys and
keys that enable the IntelliKeys
keyboard to control the mouse. This
overlay is useful for some games and
other programs that involve using the
mouse.




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4. Basic Writing USB Overlay
This overlay is a simplified version of a
standard computer keyboard. Like a
standard keyboard, the top row of
letters begins with Q-W-E-R-T-Y. This
overlay also contains numbers,
punctuation, and basic mouse
functions. This keyboard can be used
with students who are first learning to
operate word processing programs.



5. QWERTY USB Overlay
This overlay has the same QWERTY
letter arrangement found on standard
Macintosh and Windows computer. It
also contains other function keys found
on typical computer keyboards.




6. Web Access USB Overlay
This overlay replicates features found
on a typical Internet browser program,
such as Back, Forward, Stop, Refresh,
Home, etc. Convenient short-cut keys
automatically type common Web
prefixes and suffixes such as www,
.com, .org, and .net.




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7. Setup USB Overlay
This overlay is used to adjust the
features of the IntelliKeys USB
keyboard. It is used to customize
settings including the keyboard
response or repeat rate to assist with
more accurate access.

The setup overlay provides:
   • touch features related to touching keys on the keyboard;
   • repeat features that are related to how the keyboard repeats
      keystrokes;
   • shift features, related to latching of keys;
   • additional features, which enable use of IntelliKeys for mouse
      functions and use of customized overlays;
   • troubleshooting, including resetting the keyboard
   • and a number pad and test pad to assist with configuring settings.

On the reverse side of the Setup USB
Overlay, there is an Access Features
Chart. It is a helpful quick-reference
guide to the IntelliKeys USB features,
options and settings.

NOTE: The Access Features Chart is
not an overlay; therefore it will not
enable keyboard functions if inserted in
the keyboard overlay area.




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Keyboard Reset
IntelliKeys USB can be reset to the default settings after multiple
adjustments have been made or when new settings are needed. To return
IntelliKeys to its default settings:

1. Insert the Setup USB Overlay into IntelliKeys. You will hear a beep
   when the overlay is recognized.

2. Press the Keyboard Reset key twice (found in
   the troubleshooting section). The indicator lights
   on the left side of the keyboard will flash, and
   you will hear an auditory signal.

3. Remove the Setup USB Overlay.


Using IntelliKeys Without Adjustments
1. Open the IntelliTalk Word Processing program.

2. Insert the Alphabet USB Overlay. IntelliKeys will beep to show that the
   overlay is ready to use.

3. Type the letters b, p, y, and h. You will hear a beep when each letter is
   typed.

4. Type the k and hold your finger down on the key to have the key
   repeated.

Customizing the Keyboard
Note: Keyboard customization can be done:
  a. Using the Setup USB Overlay

  b. using the onscreen IntelliKeys USB control panel by pressing the
  Show Control Panel button in the Troubleshooting Section located in
  the lower right corner of the Setup USB Overlay.




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1. Shift Key Action - Latching
IntelliKeys USB enables individuals to type multiple keystroke combinations
in sequence. This feature, called Latching, assists individuals who use
one finger to type. The shift key changes the way a modifier key (shift key,
command key and the option key) is accessed. When it is pressed, the key
is latched until another key is pressed. If the next key pressed is a letter, it
will be capitalized. The default for the shift key action on IntelliKeys USB is
set on latching.

1. To capitalize a letter, press the Shift key. Press the letter “A.”

2. Press the letter “A” again. It will be a lower case “a”.


2. Shift Key Action - Locking
The Locking key is found under the Shift Key Action
section in the lower left corner of the Setup USB
Overlay. The Shift Key can be set to Locking, instead
of Latching. When set to Locking, the first time it is
pressed, the shift key is in a latched state. The second time the shift key is
pressed, it becomes locked down. This enables the user to type several
shifted characters in a row. The third time you press the shift key, the lock
is turned off.

1. Insert the Setup USB Overlay. Press the Locking key at the Shift Key
   Action (located in the lower left corner of the Setup USB Overlay).

2. Remove the Setup Overlay. Insert the Basic Writing USB Overlay.

3. Press the Shift key twice. Type the letters “USA”. Press the Shift key
   again to turn off the locking function.

4. Press the letter “A”. You should type a lower case “a”.

5. Remove the Basic Writing USB Overlay and insert the Setup USB
   Overlay. Under Shift Key Action press the Latching key to return to the
   default setting.




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3. Keyboard Repeat
When a key is held down too long or if a key is continually pressed,
unwanted keystrokes occur. The IntelliKeys USB Setup Overlay is used to
prevent erroneous key repeats. The Repeat Feature can be turned off
altogether so that keys will not repeat if held, or the repeat rate can be
adjusted to suite individual needs. The range for repeat rate is 1 through
15, with 1 being the slowest and 15 being the fastest repeat rate.

1. Type the k and hold your finger down on the key to have the key
   repeated. Notice that after about one second the letter k will continue to
   be typed.

2. Now remove the Basic Writing USB Overlay and Insert the Setup USB
   Overlay.

3. Press the
   Repeat OFF
   key.



4. Remove the Setup USB and insert the Basic Writing USB Overlay.

5. Type the k and hold your finger down on the key. Notice that the letter k,
   once typed, will not repeat.

6. Remove the Basic Writing USB Overlay and Insert the Setup USB
   Overlay.

7. Press the
   Repeat ON key.

8. Press the
   Repeat Rate key
   and then press
   the number 2.




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 9. Remove the Setup USB Overlay and reinsert the Basic Writing USB
    Overlay.

10. Type the k and hold your finger down on the key. Notice that the letter k,
    once pressed, will slowly repeat.

11. Now adjust the repeat rate to a speed of 15 following the above
    procedure.

12. Type the k and hold your finger down on the key. Notice that the letter k,
    once pressed, will quickly repeat.


 4. Response Rate
 The keyboard Response Rate is the amount of time you must press on a
 key before IntelliKeys responds. A user may touch extra or unwanted keys
 while reaching for a specific key causing errors.




 The response time of the keyboard can be adjusted to minimize activating
 unwanted keys. There are 15 Response Rate settings for the IntelliKeys
 keyboard. The default setting is 15, no delay. When set at 15, the
 keyboard responds immediately when a key is pressed. Setting the
 keyboard response at a lower rate requires a longer time for the user to
 press the key. The numbers in between 1 and 15 correspond to time
 delays from approximately 0 to 2 seconds.

 1. Insert the Setup USB Overlay in IntelliKeys. IntelliKeys will beep to
    show that the overlay is ready to use.



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 2. To change the Response Rate to 10, press the key labeled Response
    Rate under Touch Features on the top left of the overlay.

 3. Press the key on the number pad labeled 10.

 4. Remove the Setup USB Overlay from IntelliKeys. You will hear a beep.

 5. Place the Basic Writing USB Overlay in the keyboard.

 6. Type the word “delay” using the IntelliKeys keyboard. You will notice
    that you must press the key for a slightly longer time.

 7. Next, change the Response Rate to a very long delay. Place the Setup
    USB Overlay in IntelliKeys.

 8. Press the Response Rate key. Press the number 2 on the number pad.

 9. Remove the Setup USB Overlay from IntelliKeys and insert the Basic
    Writing USB Overlay.

10. Type “long” using the IntelliKeys keyboard. You should notice a long
    delay in the response rate.

11. Change the Response Rate setting back to 15 using the Setup Overlay.
    Press the Response Rate key. Press the number 15 in the number
    pad.

12. Place the Basic Writing USB Overlay on the IntelliKeys keyboard and
    test the response rate. Type your name.


 5. Required Lift Off
 The IntelliKeys USB keyboard can be configured to not
 respond when keys are pressed unless the user lifts the
 finger from the key being pressed.

 This feature, the Required Lift Off, is located with the
 touch features on the Setup USB Overlay. The Default
 setting is Required Lift OFF (in the off setting). When the


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feature Required Lift Off is turned on, the user must lift his or her finger off
the keyboard before any other key will respond. For example, if a person
types the letter A and then slides over to the letter B, the B will not be typed
until the finger is off the letter A.

1. Place the Setup USB Overlay in IntelliKeys.

2. At the Required Lift Off, press the ON key. Remove the Setup USB
   Overlay and place the Basic Writing USB Overlay in IntelliKeys.

3. Type the word “lift”. Try sliding your finger from key to key as you are
   typing to see how the Required Lift Off works.

4. Remove the Basic Writing USB Overlay and place the Setup USB
   Overlay in IntelliKeys.

5. Press the OFF key under Required Lift Off.

6. The Required Lift Off setting is now off.

7. Place the Basic Writing USB Overlay in the IntelliKeys keyboard.


6. Keysound
The Keysound Volume feature provides audio
feedback for each key press. When a key is
pressed, the user hears a beep. The default
setting is ON, which means there is a sound for
each keystroke. If the Keysound is off, there is
no sound when you press any key on the
keyboard.

1. Type the letters “b, p, t, l, s,” and listen for the key sound from the
   keyboard.

2. Remove the Basic Writing USB Overlay and place the Setup USB
   Overlay in IntelliKeys.

3. Press the Sound OFF key under the Keysound Volume controls.


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4. Press the Sound Test key. You should not hear a keysound when a key
   is pressed.

5. Now press the “1” volume key and then press Sound Test. You should
   hear a very faint beep.

5. Now press the “2” volume key and then the Sound Test key. You
   should hear a slightly louder beep.

6. Continue up to the “4” keysound volume key. For each Sound Test you
   will hear the keysound at increased volume settings. The keysound will
   be set at the last number that you pressed on the Keysound Volume.


7. Smart Typing
The smart typing feature automatically types certain
characters when specific keystrokes are entered. When
punctuation is added at the end of a sentence,
IntelliKeys will add two spaces and will latch the shift key
to assist with beginning a new sentence.

1. Insert the Setup USB Overlay into IntelliKeys. Under the Additional
   Features section, press the Smart Typing ON key.

2. Remove the Setup Overlay. Insert the Basic Writing USB Overlay.

3. Type the sentence “This is exciting!” After the two spaces are
   inserted, the next letter you type should be capitalized.

4. Type the letter “q” to begin entering the word “queen”. IntelliKeys will
   automatically insert a “u” after the “q”.

5. Remove the Basis Writing USB Overlay and insert the Setup USB
   Overlay. Press the Smart Typing OFF key.




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Software Functions and Tasks
As you use the IntelliKeys USB keyboard for various activities, it will be
useful to identify the keyboard keys that are needed to work within a
program, keyboard commands that are used by the program, and the tasks
that need to be performed.

1. Place the Basic Writing USB Overlay in IntelliKeys.

2. Type: Today’s date is June 26, 2002.

3. To save your document, press the Command key.            Then press the
   letter “s” (for save). A Save As window will appear on the screen.

4. Name your document “My Work”.

5. Press the Enter key to activate the Save button on the screen.


Adaptations to the IntelliKeys Keyboard
Adaptations that can be made to the IntelliKeys keyboard include:
  • Use of Braille labels
  • Use of tactile indicators
  • Use of Velcro
  • Use of overlays with raised lines and other materials that provide
     tactile information




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