Hello my name is Peter. I'm here to bring steno to everyone.
Learning stenography doesn't have to be expensive.
What is stenography?
Stenography is a form of writing where you can write whole words or phrases by pressing multiple keys at once. The entire system is based on the pronunciation of a word, for example, you can stroke the word "quality" by pressing "KWALT" on the steno machine.
The steno layout:
|Source: Art of Chording|
With only 23 keys, stenography is much more efficient than the traditional method of typing. The world record for stenography is currently at 360 words per minute, held by Mark Kislingbury, but the average court reporter must be able to write at over 200 words per minute. Compare this to the measly 70 wpm average of a "fast typist".
By the way, you can do anything a normal keyboard can do on a steno keyboard and I mean anything. Punctuations, symbols, capitalization, numbers, characters, emojis, shorcuts, functions are all possible with steno.
Where can I start?
Traditional stenograph machines costs thousand of dollars and the software adds a couple thousand more. For a total of about ten thousand dollars you have bought all the harware and software that is required to enroll yourself in a steno course (which is also more money) and finally discover whether steno is right for you.
All of this changed with Plover, the open source stenography software, which allows anyone to use steno on their computer if they just have an N-key rollover (nkro) mechanical keyboard.
The Uni is a mechanical keyboard tailored specifically for users who do their stenoing with Plover. Some call it a "hobbyist steno machine" because it is essentially a steno machine that more people can afford. It is much cheaper than traditional steno machines, and it also happens to be one of the cheapest hobbyist steno keyboards out on the market.
You can do steno too.