Predictive typing just reached a new level–why do we still need a traditional typewriter-like keyboard on our phones? That’s the question that design group Whirlscape hopes to answer with their up-and-coming project, the Minuum keyboard.
As the project’s video below the break emphasizes, the team doesn’t believe that our keyboards need to take up as much space as they do currently. With a typewriter, making a mistake was a big deal that couldn’t be erased. With this design, Whirlscape hopes to both make typing easier and more efficient, but also give you some screen real estate back.
The concept is primarily focused on Android, but I’m sure that if this takes off, an iOS tweak will be not far down the road. This may even turn out to be a concept–depending on its usefulness–that gets bought up by a larger corporation such as Apple or Google. In either case, I’m sure we’ll be seeing changes to mobile typing sooner rather than later.
The company has opened up, however, to iOS developers interested in implementing this concept directly into their Apple-approved apps.
You made your app look appealing. Why let the keyboard get in the way of that? We welcome iOS application developers implementing Minuum as their go-to typing method. Minuum is an ideal option wherever you show a lot of information or type a lot of text.
This concept’s success really comes down to how using this keyboard feels, and how easy it is to transition from our traditional QWERTY layout. They have combatted both of these concerns with widespread language support and easy input of many kinds of characters.
Minuum is extensible beyond the 26 characters of the English alphabet and can accommodate any language based on the Latin alphabet, plus punctuation, numbering, symbols, emoticons, or other inputs.
Another interesting part of this project is their attempts at wearable typing solutions. With Google Glass on the horizon and the ”iWatch” being rumored, I myself have wondered how we can more efficiently interact with our wearable devicess. I personally don’t want all of this technology to depend on voice activation–it’s cumbersome, especially in public.
This project is in its earliest development stages, however. They’re only asking for $10,000 on indiegogo, with rewards varying from basic early access to being featured as one of the project’s pioneers on their website. Be sure to head over to the source link and read the details for yourself; it seems to me like this could have much potential. What do you think?