Researchers create innovative KALQ keyboard for faster thumb-typing, Android app coming in May
posted by Daniel P. / Apr 24, 2013, 8:29 AM
There is no shortage of weird virtual keyboard solutions in the Play Store, claiming to solve the puzzle of easy typing on a piece of glass. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute in cooperation with colleagues from the University of Montana and University of St Andrews, have come up with the newest entrant in that category, called KALQ.
They are aiming to release it next month as a dedicated app in the Google Play Store for free, claiming that countless hours went into scientifically testing the most suitable arrangement for on-screen keyboards. The location of the keys is unorthodox, and the researchers say it requires a few hours of training, like you did when you started typing on QWERTY ones, but afterwards the speed of typing increased 34% compared to the conventional layout you'd find on tablets like the iPad and Android slates. As advantages of the new KALQ keyboard over the traditional QWERTY solution they point out:
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Point 5. Since when 'y' was a vowel. WOW !!! o.O Also, how is this keyboard different from Apple's similar keyboard layout option on iPad ?
posted on Apr 24, 2013, 8:43 AM 1
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Did you go to a Public School or something? Yes, "Y" can be a vowel or consonant. My, why, sky, are all examples of Y as a vowel. Did you even look at the picture of the keyboard? It's not QWERTY so the layout is nothing close to the iPad keyboard or any other keyboard, for that matter. The top four keys for your right thumb are G, T, O, J. Seems like there would be a high learning curve getting use to the new locations for each letter.
posted on Apr 24, 2013, 9:17 AM 2
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its nothing new. Swiftkey has the option to split the keyboard like that.
posted on Apr 24, 2013, 9:54 AM 0
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Jumping balls of alphabet soup Batman! Those commenters just can't seem to understand that the split-keyboard isn't the bid deal here. It's the letter ordering that's been changed to make typing more efficient.
posted on Apr 24, 2013, 12:12 PM 2
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Unless standardization for this is made, it is useless for somebody to learn this and then jump back to qwerty on your computer... I rather have Swipe on my Android device, which helps a lot on speed... maybe not 34% but close enough
posted on Apr 24, 2013, 1:21 PM 0
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I don't believe that it will only take a few hours training. When I took a typing course, it was an entire year course to learn to type on a QWERTY keyboard layout. Some time after the course, I tried Dvorak keyboard layout that is supposed to be more efficient than the QWERTY layout. I tried it for a few days and gave up. I do think that people equally proficient with a QWERTY and KALQ layout will be faster using KALQ. However, I really think it will take weeks before you really become proficient and likely longer before you can realise the benefits of the KALQ layout.
posted on Apr 24, 2013, 3:48 PM 0
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That long, eh? My HS typing course was a 3 month affair and we were expected to know key locations within the first month. At the end of the class we had to hit 40 wpm to pass. The graphic shows that it isn't until the 8th test day before proficiency reaches QWERTY levels (on average, I presume). It doesn't say how many hours of training this represents.
posted on Apr 25, 2013, 1:38 AM 0
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well QWERTY came because of the fact that typing was TOO FAST with old keyboard layouts, which literally were ABCDEF etc. This format was too fast and so they had to come up with a format that would be fast but not so fast that people would break their typewriters quickly, so QWERTY was born. It was designed to be fast but not too fast.
posted on Apr 24, 2013, 5:17 PM 0
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It wasn't because of speed, but to spread out the keys used all around to prevent typewriters from jamming.
posted on Apr 24, 2013, 6:10 PM 1
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And jamming was cause because of speed typing... Anyway both of you are correct... And I would love to see ABC's keyboard truly come back... but since it is so far away from reality, lets stick to qwerty
posted on Apr 25, 2013, 8:40 AM 0
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KALQ had broken the trend of QWERTY in iPad, & other phones to minimize the movement of the thumbs. The main motive behind the design of KALQ is to save your thumbs stretching across the screen.you can check outfresh.com for more info.
posted on Jun 11, 2013, 2:47 AM 0
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