Everyday we use our smartphones to send emails, type notes and write our loved ones. And everyday we struggle with frequent typos that make writing more than a short sentence really painful. Because we might just be too stupid we've asked more than 150 people who told us:
- I always hit the wrong key!
- Auto correction just gets it wrong :(
- Typing is incredibly s-l-o-w
- Why are those special characters so hard to reach?
That's when we knew there has to be a better solution. Our goal was to design a keyboard for fast and error free writing. We've spent a lot of time thinking about the best way of designing a keyboard optimized for thumbs and smartphones until we found a solution (it's easy as a pie) where you just write it once, the WRIO Keyboard.
On day 12 (September 19) we have achieved our funding goal. Thanks a lot to all backers! We have a lot of additional ideas and would like to use the remaining days to work towards our stretch goal of $20,000 - see below for details.
Our app will be entirely based on user feedback. Starting with the beta phase, we invite Co-Creators to tell us their feedback and vote on ideas, so that we can create the perfect keyboard. The ideas we implemented first were the ones mentioned most in our survey.
The main reason for slow typing are the mistypes that result from small keys. Our honeycomb layout changes that. In WRIO Keyboard the keys are large and easy to press.
Writing on a smartphone is different than on a laptop, since you can only use two fingers concurrently. We have placed two space keys that represent the base position of your thumbs or fingers, reducing the distance travelled between keys.
Smartphones are great because you can do more than just press a button. You can swipe up, to capitalize the letter, eliminating the shift key. Swipe right, to start a new word. Or swipe left to delete a letter or much more.
We placed the most used special characters right on the main layer. All others are also just one swipe away. We’re currently developing even faster access. For instance, Germans can already instantly type their umlauts, by pressing the button slightly longer.
When designing WRIO we made it as simple as possible. Our goal was that a child could use it within seconds. The layout is intuitive as it is very close to the existing computer keyboard. The gestures are simple yet powerful. Each movement serves exactly one purpose, maximizing speed and minimizing errors. You'll be surprised how WRIO makes your fingers feel comfortable and the movement totally natural.
Every person types in a unique way. WRIO Keyboard will adjust its virtual layer based on your typing behavior. With this we can further reduce any typing errors.
Even with the best keyboard a smart auto correction is a great companion to have. We will develop a personalized and language-independent correction that will also learn your slang and lingo.
We are a small team of enthusiastic typers, designers and developers working to create beautiful and value adding products. WRIO Keyboard is our first app development and we hope you'll like it.
To implement our additional ideas and complete the app development we need your help. Please support our fundraising campaign. Apart from helping us complete the development, we greatly need your personal engagement and feedback to make WRIO perfect, and to give you a keyboard, where you just write it once.
Berny & David
The entire app will be co-created. We have outlined some goals to give you an idea of what's possible until the launch:
Beta phase: With a successful fundraising campaign we will begin the closed beta phase for all supporters and co-creators in November 2015. Eager supports can get instant access to our current alpha version after pledging.
Launch: We plan to launch the Android app in early 2016. At this point we're not able to commit to a date for the iOS app, as development depends on upcoming iOS releases and functionality.
The cool things you'll get
A note on app delivery
The alpha and beta versions will only be available on Android. For the final app you'll be able to choose between Android and iOS for each pledge you've made. Please note that the availability of the iOS version depends on circumstances beyond our control (see above) and might be behind the launch of the Android version. We'll try our best!
Risks and challenges
Developing a keyboard where you write it once isn't easy. With hundreds of successfully delivered web projects we're confident we can crack this one as well. One potential risk we foresee is the delivery date to Google Play and the App Store. While with Google we will have to deal with their approval process, with Apple we see the technical limitations of iOS for keyboard apps as an issue. But we're working on finding a smart way to deal with that.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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