All ten fingers for a magic touch to typing

LiquidKeybourd developer Christian Sax - photo Anna Zhu

LiquidKeybourd developer Christian Sax - photo Anna Zhu

In summary: 
  • A new keyboard that makes it easier to type on touch screen devices has been invented
  • LiquidKeyboard enables people to use both hands in typing in the traditional way 
  • As soon as your first four fingers touch the surface - in one fluid motion - an entire keyboard is constructed using the QWERTY format

A revolutionary new keyboard that makes it easier to type on touch screen devices has been invented by UTS information technology researchers.

The device called LiquidKeyboard enables people to use both hands in typing in the traditional way  using devices with touch screens that are large enough - such as the new iPad.

UTS computer systems researcher Christian Sax said he and his fellow researchers had achieved a breakthrough that would make typing on touch screens far easier for more people.

"Touch typing is almost impossible for users on popular touch screen devices," Mr Sax said. "People cannot feel the keys and need visual clues and specialised predictive text to type successfully. This can be very tedious and cause terrible hand fatigue."

"With the new LiquidKeyboard we have developed a virtual keyboard that adapts automatically to a user’s hand physiology, such as hand size and finger position. As soon as your first four fingers touch the surface - in one fluid motion - an entire keyboard is constructed. The system senses the pressure and position of a user’s fingers on the touch screen."

 

The technology follows the traditional QWERTY keyboard system.

UniQuest’s Manager of Innovation and Commercial Leigh Angus said research funding had been received that would enable the team to develop an iPad version of the technology.

 "Providing the technology via a popular touch screen platform will enable us to see how users respond and will help us refine the product for market," Ms Angus said.

"The system empowers users to use all ten fingers on touch screens and will potentially attract new users who previously felt excluded."

Mr Sax said the new LiquidKeyboard was versatile and would provide a low cost and effective text input system for many different types of touch screen and touch surface systems.

 "Technology should be simple and easy to use, and it should be clear how to use it, just by looking at it," he said.

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This haptic technology is a step in the right direction

Well Done! impressive product! Good luck going forward!

Congratulations - this is a fantastic solution to the unaddressed and largely unacknowledged problem of virtual keyboards! I have an iPad, and as a twenty+ years touch typist, it drives me crazy to have to hunt and peck keys, AND look at the screen at the same time. I love to be able to take notes or jot down ideas at a faster pace than if I were to do so by hand. And, I prefer all of my 'notes' as digital files -- this guarantees that I'll always be able to read my own 'writing.' :)

One request and recommendation: after you perfect this application for the iOS devices, produce an Android 2.3 - 3.0 compatible application -- in both cases, I believe it will fly off the App Store and Market virtual shelves! I would certainly be purchasing both iterations.

How do I try out this technology on my iPad? Please quote price and how to download.

Do you have a trial version for iPad?

Anders and Eddie

The product is still in development and there is no application currently available for download for use with Ipad at this time.

Wow! Great work, Christian!

Exciting. Would you like to show your 'new keyboard' at the Australian Computer Conference for Seniors which will be run by ASCCA at the Powerhouse Museum in September?
ASCCA is the national peak body for seniors and technology.

While it should be a must on the iPad, it will be a cold day in hell before Apple will allow a keyboard application or a choice to select different keyboard in their tightly controlled eco system. It will probably be easier on the android platform with already about 4 different types of keyboard options available for users.

Then again... Apple might just buy out the rights to this piece of tech and make it a standard!

It was very good... But I need a photo of the magic fingers for my assignment.....

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