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BlindType brings software keyboards to the next level

By Matthew
Jul 23, 2010
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  1. Futurists will tell you the hardware keyboard has its days numbered, and although descendants of IBM's Model M are still the most popular choice for alphanumeric input, software implementations are slowly phasing in – but they're not perfect yet. On-screen keyboards lack the touch sensitivity of a physical keyboard and the human fingertip is generally larger than keys on a smartphone, making it difficult to type accurately.

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  2. Decimae

    Decimae TS Rookie Posts: 78

    Seems like swype; only worse since you can't swype but have to type every letter, but you're able to hide the keyboard which seems quite pointless.
     
  3. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,106   +97

    Haters gonna hate, right Decimae? This seems like a very cool typing engine to use. I'm interested in seeing how other users rate it.
     
  4. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,268   +92

    A couple of us happen to think it looks promising too.
     
  5. i think its a great idea. the keyboard on my iphone uses a lot of screen real estate, typing with no keyboard would be sweet.
     
  6. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,920   +687

    Yeah I have to admit, this does look really cool! and as guest said, the keyboard on the iphone does take up a lot of screen, now you can litterally type blind!
     
  7. Decimae

    Decimae TS Rookie Posts: 78

    Not such a hater normally; I just don't see that added value over swype. It looks promising if you don't have swype; otherwise swype seems a lot better from what I've heard.
    But well, I'm not a smartphone user yet, so I wouldn't know.
     
  8. cardriverx

    cardriverx TS Rookie Posts: 82

    It seems like you have to know the keyboard layout well for this to work (it seems thats how it tells what you are typing)... looks promising but ill reserve judgement till I can try it.
     
  9. Seems pretty slick. Make one for the PC too :)
     
  10. ElShotte

    ElShotte TS Enthusiast Posts: 162

    It does indeed look promising. The great thing is that the keyboard is still QWERTY which means that most of us long time PC users will infact know where all the letters are by now, it's just a question of how well BlindType will adapt to that.
     
  11. @Decimae -- I've use swype before, and allow me to say that it is nothing special, and only slowed me down more than anything. Sure, it is interesting to use, and innovative as well, but it just didn't go over well. Dragging your fingers around on a non-capacative touch screen is tough enough, and using dragging for typing only made it worse.

    BlindType, simply put, is something that I cannot wait to try!
     

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