Minuum keyboard project crosses $60,000, developers detail Wearable Development Kit

March 27, 2013
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    Last week, when we’d first talked about Minuum, I’d mentioned that the company was halfway through to reaching its stretch goal of $60,000, that would allow them to build their own Wearable Development Kit. The crowd-funded Indiegogo project hasn’t lost its momentum since surpassing its initial $10,000 goal, and with 22 days still left to go, the company has received close to $65,000 already!

    Now that the WDK is a possibility, Will Walmsley, CEO of Whirlscape, in a post on the Minuum project page, explained what their idea behind the WDK is, and what it would involve. He says -

    “There are an unlimited number of ways that typing on a one-dimensional keyboard can let you type anywhere, or with anything (such as game controllers, watches, etc.). But each of these ways to type might be better suited to different users, in different situations. We won’t have the resources to develop and manufacture every single one of these devices, so we’re instead empowering the community to easily create personalized keyboards to share with the world. Our wearable development kit will allow people like you (that’s right, you!) to create whatever kind of keyboard you want, as easily as we showed at the end of our video.”

    Of course, all the hard work involved with the WDK will be done by the project developers. You will be able to connect your custom keyboard to your smartphone, tablet, or computer via USB, WiFi, or Bluetooth. You will also have access to all the code that makes this communication possible, allowing you to experiment with different types of sensors and ways to interpret information.

    There are still 22 days left, so you have enough time if you’re hoping to contribute and become a part of this amazing project. You can find out more about the project from the Minuum campaign page,  and also follow their Facebook and Google+ pages to stay up to date with the latest information.

    Have you contributed to the Minuum keyboard project? Are you excited about being one of the first to access the keyboard, and also the Wearable Development Kit? Do you have any cool ideas to use the WDK with? Let us know in the comments section below.

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