In critical situations, instant and reliable communication is imperative.

APC Technology's new AK-39 keyboard is designed to be worn on the arm, providing a simple, compact human interface device (HID) that doesn't restrict a soldier's movement.

The ruggedised, wearable keyboard is designed to meet MIL-461 standards and is intended for use in very harsh electromagnetic interference (EMI) environments.

Its small-footprint design features all of the essential components for military applications, including a pointing device utilising Force Sensing Resistor (FSR) technology with left- and right-button functionality, and adjustable green LED backlighting that is also available with night vision (NVIS) compatibility.

The AK-39 is built with a USB cable that is available in both left- and right-arm configurations.

Its lightweight plastic case easily adheres onto a Velcro arm strap that is sized to fit over bulky combat clothing, and has a curved back for arm comfort.

The strap is available in two styles: one that affixes directly over the forearm, and one that includes a thumb loop for added stability.

Measuring 17.55cm wide by 7.77cm high by 2.05cm deep, the keyboard's efficient, 39-key pad eliminates clutter by providing only the most commonly-used keys and utilises a secondary legend accessed by the function key.

The AK-39 is ruggedised to meet NEMA 4X standards, withstanding water, debris and dust, and operates in extended temperature ranges of -40OC to +70OC.

Designed with gloved users in mind, its snap-on faceplate eliminates accidental key strokes and can be easily removed to clean the pad.

For more information on the AK-39 and other military keyboards from APC Technology, visit or call (08) 8363 0400.

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