Good afternoon to all of our visitors from the kingdom Animalia! We know it's not easy for you to navigate the site with those human-designed input devices, but help is on the way. Last Friday we asked our contestants to Design a keyboard and/or mouse for use by an animal, and show that animal using it. The resulting submissions illustrate that tentacles, beaks, tongues, and even scat can be just as useful as fingers and hands when it comes to personal computing. On with the birth of the new species-neutral Internet:
First prize - $100
intaglio - OStrich X
Some might say, "Hey, intaglio didn't add much to his source image." We say, "Your mama."
Second prize - $50
jirkstore - Web 8.0
It's got legs, and it knows how to use them.
Third prize - $20
SobaGurl - ErgoPillar Keyboard
Does the wireless signal trasmit through cocoon walls?
pute - Moskeyto
This keyboard's OK, but the user sucks! Haw haw!
Minimum Rage - The World At Your Hooftips
CTRL + WATER + BARLEY to restart.
mnementh - Scatalogitech Keyboard
Where do you want to go today?
McGuffy - AntEater Wireless 5000
Tongue-based interface also ideal for chameleons, frogs, and Gene Simmons.
Josephus - Keybird
We're strenuously suppressing our urge to call this one "corny."
rtype93 - Froggerer
Hoisted by our own keyboard! We're giving this one a prize to remind ourselves and the world: never again.
iceburgs - Waterproof Keyboard & Clam Suite
You might call them "sea stars," but they'll always be "starfish" to us.
Upwithpeople - 26 Squidoo
Always in the vanguard of technological advancement, squids unanimously prefer A-Z keyboards to the clumsy old QWERTY models.
Champions' Championship Champion
McGuffy - ChickenScratch 5000
maintainer McGuffy may want to add a new column to his spreadsheet now
that he's become the first person to win the approbation of both our
judges and the panel of former winners who choose the CCC. While the
staffers here liked the anteater entry in the Honorable Mention section
above, our council of champions preferred this one:
And this week's Monkey Prize goes to philippians48
's totally non-'chopped, willfully misinterpreted entry below. Yeah, it
includes keys, a board, and a mouse, but not in the way we'd expect:
If I could talk to the animals, I'd tell them "This contest is over."
As usual, the wooters who created the money-winning entries are invited
to email their Paypal info to email@example.com. The Monkey winner should send his/her mailing address to the same, and Honorable Mentioneers may use coupon code HONMEN-FS for free shipping on a future order. Until next time, keep fighting for animal writes!