I have an 18month year old toddler and a 10 year old cat.
Both love the keyboard on my macbook and will happily mash the keys with fingers or paws given half the chance.
I suspect Im not alone.
Id love to be able to let my toddler watch video or listen to audio on the Mac without the fear that she’ll interrupt the stream by either pausing / deleting / renaming or even reformatting (!) the file(s) on my computer.
Similarly, If Im listening to audio or watching a video / photo slideshow I don’t want to be interrupted because my cat has walked on the keyboard; pausing / deleting / renaming the file(s).
I’ve designed and written a brief for the creation of a small (and stable) Mac OS X Keyboard Locking application. I’ve called it Lockey!
Lockey will auto open on login (this can be turned off if you’d prefer this didn’t happen) and give you the option to Lock the keyboard now (with the click of a mouse) or Lock the keyboard in 10 seconds; Giving you enough time to start the audio / video / slideshow.
The entire Mac Keyboard will be disabled, meaning that pressing any key will not interrupt your entertainment.
Lockey will child-proof your Mac Keyboard!
Lockey will pet-proof your Mac Keyboard!
Now, not all keys will be disabled of course. By default, both Cmd+TAB and Cmd+Q will continue to work allowing you to toggle between apps and close any open application currently running (including Lockey itself).
In addition, Lockey will have a preference panel allowing you to enable other sets of keys even when the rest of the computer keyboard is disabled. Useful buttons like Contrast, Volume and even the Spacebar (for pausing iTunes) can be enabled/disabled at will.
All benefactors donating over $10 will receive a copy of the Lockey application, so they too can benefit from the power of being able to lock their Mac OS X keyboard.
I estimate that $400 – $600 will be required to develop the application. The remaining pot of money will be used to advertise it’s existence to the world via Forum posts, Sponsored links, Press releases and submissions to Software review sites.
Help me bring Lockey to the world and rejoice as your child-proof / pet-proof your Mac Computer Keyboard.
Project Manager / Designer