Your message is very intriguing; I'm sad to hear that Stenovations apparently didn't succeed with their Digitouch. If you are allowed to, please do post some more information on that here in the "News about FingerWorks" section, I'm sure many users are curious.
As for your plan to re-case the MacNTouch units, I think that's an absolutely great idea. When I reviewed the Digitouch
back in 2007, the case design was, I think, the only thing not getting best marks from me. Here's what I'd like to see in a new case, in case (hah!) you are going to redesign it:
- Much flatter.
The TouchStream LP can lie flat on the desk and is no more than 6mm thick. That's even less than the nice new Mac keyboards. Something like this form factor
would be awesome.
- No palm rest.
I'm not sure what Stenovations' reasons were to make their case that size, but I don't see any need for the areas in front of, and behind, the keyboard surface. Obviously there must be a little something left to put the cable and USB plug (see photos in the review) but it can be smaller than it is.update:
on second thought the case might not be made flat enough to skip the palm rest; in that case, a sloping palm rest would be best, so that the front edge is as low as possible while still allowing enough height at the end of the palm rest, where the keyboard is.
- Less bezel around the keyboard surface.
This might be tricky to do with precision, and I'm sure Stenovations worked on that too. But in the current case, the thickness of the plastic just around the edges of the keyboard surface makes it a little difficult to hit certain keys, especially the "Clear" key at the top. If the plastic can be made thinner around these edges, and possibly cover even less of its surface, I think typing near the edge will improve.
- Non-flat underside.
The only thing I ever actually changed on the Digitouch was to put a big rubber sticker on the bottom. At least in my unit, the foam bottom didn't prevent it from sliding on the desk. If you have a TouchStream LP, you'll know that the keyboard stand has a rubber stub in each corner -- that's much better.
- Upgrade for existing users.
If you go ahead and create a new case for the units you have in stock, please consider to also offer "upgrade kits" for existing users. As you can see from the above points, there is a little room for improvement and I'd think that at least some users might be interested! Depending on the price ofcourse, I'd be interested too.
The USB cable is something many users here have talked about, not specifically about the Digitouch but about any FingerWorks device. If you can somehow combine it with RF or Bluetooth and find room for batteries, that would truly rock. But I'm putting this idea last because it's absolutely unlikely, and not really what you were asking about either.