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Minuum keyboard rethinks the way you type

Writing on a touch screen device is still a huge problem for many users. It is sometimes terrible, mainly because a virtual keyboard in use takes up half or your smartphone or tablet screen, and it is really ugly.

Toronto-based startup Whirlscape may have solved that with the introduction of Minuum, a simple, yet intelligent single row reinvention of the QWERTY layout.

minuum single rowThe Minuum Keyboard is based on a standard QWERTY keyboard, but while other keyboards arrange keys on thre rows and nine colums or more, Minuum has managed to condense everything down to one line while keeping the QWERTY format we’re familiar with. All letters of the QWERTY keyboard are taken from the columns and arranged by group of three: QAZ WSX EDC, etc.

It also includes powerful auto-correction algorithms to make sure you can be pretty sloppy with text entry and still get a usable result. And if that was not enough the app is so flexible the keyboard can even be moved around the screen allowing users to leave visible the bits of the display they are working on.

By reducing the keyboard to a single dimension, Minuum opens up your touchscreen space for a variety of interaction possibilities — which allows for precision-entry,” says the developers on their Indiegogo page.

minuum project

The idea of this Minuum keyboard, which earned its name from the way its keys are laid out in a single row called by the developeers ‘continuum of letters‘, was inspired by a research project undertaken by some of the developers while studying at the University of Toronto. They were asked to invent a better way of typing on touchscreen phones without looking.

In terms of development, the company is planning an Android app as well as an iOS SDK for developers who want to use it in their own apps, but there’s also plenty of opportunity for Minuum to type practically anywhere. The Minuum keyboard is currently in prototype stage for iOS and Android, and the developers of the new keyboard are estimating that the first Beta releases will be available for Android as of Q1 2014.

The Minuum team say they will use their first $10,000 to turn their prototype software into a fully-fledged Android app ready to be distributed via Google’s Play store. The Minuum keyboard project is currently promoted on Indiegogo.com website. Those who are interested can contribute to its developement. For the $5 backer price, you will receive an early access to the beta version by June of this year.

And now, watch and enjoy the video about Minuum concept, the keyboard that will change radiccaly the typing on mobile device:

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