The Minuum keyboard aims to move on from the typewriter era

March 20, 2013
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minuum feature

There are numerous third-party keyboard apps available on the Google Play Store, with the popular ones featuring increasing similar features such as auto correct, word completion, word prediction, and swipe typing. So what will it take to stand out in this crowd? A complete re-imagining of the tradition QWERTY keyboard of course!

That’s what Toronto-based startup Whirlscape is aiming to do with its Minuum keyboard, which the company is funding via Indiegogo, another Kickstarter-like crowd-funding website. Some of the features, and many ways the Minuum keyboard will help improve your mobile typing include-

  • Recovering more than half the usable display real estate you lose when using traditional virtual keyboards. 
  • Allowing fast text entry when typing is sloppy
  • Letter magnification for precise typing, especially if you have large fingers
  • Smart auto-correction
  • Respecting your familiarity with the QWERTY keyboard so you don’t have to learn a new layout
  • Convenient access to everything you’re used to on a traditional keyboard such as punctuation, space, backspace, and enter, without reducing screen space
  • Ability to type anywhere – the keyboard can be moved anywhere on the screen, and can be re-sized, at your convenience
  • Final release will also include options such as alternate color schemes, curving keyboard layout for more ergonomic text entry, and the ability to re-arrange the letters to your liking

minuum phone

Another amazing feature of the Minuum keyboard is the possibility of it being incorporated in devices other than just smartphones and tablets, such as smart watches, and game controllers. Of course, it’s also possible to type almost anywhere! Check out the video below to see some truly innovative ways of using a virtual keyboard –

The company has already surpassed its $10,000 goal and has already received over $34,000 with 29 days left to go. If you’re still interested in finding out more, or making a contribution to get it on some of the early release action, head on over here. Who knows, with a little less than a month to go, you could help the company reach its stretch goal of $60,000, allowing them to build their own wearable development kit!

What are your thoughts? Are you interested in a completely re-designed virtual keyboard? Do you think it’ll be an easy adjustment to make? Let us know in the comments section below.

Comments

  • djf

    I would buy one – I dislike losing half my screen just to hunt and peck – and with swipe features it would be my default keyboard on my 3 nexus devices.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Trent8381 Trent Richards

      With all the keys being almost perfectly aligned, I am not sure how swipe would be possible. It seems you would hit every letter as you swipe across the keyboard.

  • http://www.facebook.com/amadeus.klein Amadeus Klein

    It sounds like a good concept, but in all honesty I would need to try it out to see of it really is useful, from the images it looks like going back close to T9 texting I get it’s “a continuum of letters”, but it is going to require a better auto correct than exists on any current keyboard. My biggest complaint with every keyboard I have used is that auto correct is wrong most of the time, if I’m relying on it to type my words it better be 10 levels above the best right now…

  • NH

    There’s already a pretty good tablet keyboard that lets you configure the exact size available here –

    http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.touchscapesoftware.klearkeys

    They’ve just released a phone version too but not tried that yet –

    http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.touchscapesoftware.klearkeys.phone

  • http://www.facebook.com/msantaka Mochammad Santaka

    I’m skeptical about the prediction engine. But, if they use something in the same league of SwiftKey, then I am very interested to try.

  • Ugo Marceau

    I just gave 5$ to their Indiegogo funding!
    Can’t wait to get it on my S2 and Nexus 7 !