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The TouchOne Keyboard is the first dedicated smartwatch keyboard that supports both circular and square devices
The TouchOne Keyboard is the first dedicated smartwatch keyboard that supports both circular and square devices
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TouchOne Keyboard- The First Dedicated Smartwatch Keyboard

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Have you recently bought a smartwatch? Hands up if you’ve received a message and experienced the crippling confusion of how to actually respond to it. It turns out you currently can’t do this easily, unless you’re happy to rely on voice dictation. 

The TouchOne keyboard is a revolutionary dedicated smartwatch keyboard that has been designed to work on all smartwatch devices. The unique design of the TouchOne keyboard can be implemented onto a circular or square interface. 

Unveiled at 2015 Australia CeBIT Trade Fair, the TouchOne keyboard claimed the top prize in the CeBIT startup pitchfest that makes typing messages on a smartwatch both fast and intuitive. 

The qwerty keyboard is not suitable for small devices, and there is no dedicated smartwatch keyboard to suit all screen sizes and shapes out in the market today. After all, how can you fit 108 keys on a 1.3 inch watch face? This is why we invented TouchOne. 

Dedicated for small screens
  • 8 Keys in total
  • Minimum screen size down to 3cm/1.18 inches
  • Large text display and large candidate view
  • Compatible with most of Android Smartwatches (including Moto 360) in the market, from circular to square

Easy to learn

  • Users familiar with the old mobile T9 keyboard will be able to learn the TouchOne keyboard very quickly
  • Keys are in alphabetical order
  • Learn it in minutes
  • Common gestures are enabled, tap for space, swipe left for backspace, swipe up for shift and swipe down for enter

Fast and accurate

  • Top speed at CeBIT 2015 was 32 w/m
  • Average user typing speed is 19 w/m
  • Verified for large finger users
1) A full keyboard solution. Easily change the keyboard to emoji's, numbers and puntcuation.

 2) Quick typing from the keyboard. Just start typing in the letters of the word you want to input and it will automatically predict the word. Just like the T9 keyboard on the old mobile phones. 

 3) Magical gestures from the centre of the screen including simply tapping for space, swiping left for delete, swiping up for shift, and swiping down for enter.

 4) Precise typing by holding the selected key to expand the letters for easy selection. 

 
 
  • Total of 4 years of research and development
  • 7 patents granted
  • Development will be completed on cross platforms: Android, iOS and Tizen 
  • Future development on other hardware such as TV Remotes, Mouses and Car Navigation 

The TouchOne keyboard team is based in Melbourne. We're a talented team of 9 people with one clear goal: to greatly enhance the smartwatch user's input experience with a proper keyboard solution.  

The two founders of the TouchOne Keyboard are Jingtao Hu and Rugang Yao. Jingtao Hu is the CEO of TouchOne, named inventor of multiple patents worldwide protecting the TouchOne technology. He also has over 5 years of research on human finger ergonomics. 

Rugang is the CTO and Co Founder with 6 years of experience researching and developing Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning during his time as the project manager of Beijing Founder Electronics Co, the leading R&D company for information processing technology. 

Our creative design differentiates TouchOne from every other keyboard in the world. These are all created by our genius designer, Shikha Vaid, with over 6 years experience in the industry. Her creative approach and exceptional design skills not only provide an interactive interface, but they are also extremely practical.

To make sure this keyboard is easy and intuitive to use, we have possibly the youngest keyboard tester in the world, Chelsea, who is 7 years old. Chelsea's creative ideas have made the keyboard easy enough for a kid to use it.

Come meet the team!

We are happy to meet and speak to our backers about our keyboard and vision for smartwatch devices. We are based in Melbourne, so please feel free to drop us a message if you're around. 

The TouchOne team will also feature at the 2016 CES tradeshow in Las Vegas, Nevada. Visit us at our booth which will be located at Sands, Halls A-C 72948 (Smart Watches Market place) and meet the team in person as we showcase the TouchOne Keyboard to the world. We would love to meet our users in person and hear your feedback.

The Touchone keyboard and SMS messaging app v1.0 is just the beginning. Enhancing your experience with our product is a long term commitment. So we'll never stop listening to your feedback and continue to add more improved features. 

Cross platform support for Tizen and Apple iOS will be supported as well after launch. We are hoping that every smartwatch user will use this keyboard as it will enhance your smartwatch experience. 

The TouchOne team is planning to implement the TouchOne keyboard on multi hardware devices including TV Remotes, Mouses and Car Navigation systems in 2016. 

The TouchOne keyboard has been in development for over four years now. Unlike other large software companies with large amounts of venture capital, our team is small, but what we have is a strong community of smartwatch users who believe the TouchOne keyboard is the only keyboard solution for wearable devices.

Google and Apple have restricted the text inputs on their wearable devices, as the only input currently allowed is voice. Currently the only two things smartwatch users can do is view messages and respond via voice. To work around the restrictions placed, we are developing a dedicated SMS Messaging app for wearables, so users can respond to messages instantly, with a proper smartwatch keyboard solution.

For this to become a reality, we need funding to grow our team of developers to help us finish the TouchOne keyboard and SMS Messaging app. It is important that smartwatch users to have their input in improving the future development of the TouchOne keyboard. With Kickstarter, we can build this together.

Thank you from the team at TouchOne, the people behind the TouchOne Keyboard.

Risks and challenges

Since currently there is no proper keyboard solution for the smartwatch market, the uncertainties involved with developing the project include working around Google and Apple's restrictions on their text input ports. This has produced production delays in the development of the keyboard and we may miss our initial launch period.

The major risk involved after the completion of the project includes the patent design being already implemented by a competitor which can drastically affect the sales of the TouchOne keyboard. The TouchOne design is currently protected by a design patent, prior to the official release of the keyboard.

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    You will be added to the TouchOne Mailing list and you will receive all the latest updates and news of the TouchOne Keyboard.

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    TouchOne Backers Package

    You will be added to the TouchOne Mailing list and you will receive all the latest updates and news of the TouchOne Keyboard
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    Access to the TouchOne Keyboard and SMS APP for beta testing at the end of the Kickstarter campaign
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    An Emoji Package for TouchOne

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    TouchOne Backers Premium Package

    You will be added to the TouchOne Mailing list
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    Access to the TouchOne Keyboard and SMS APP for beta testing
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    Access to the TouchOne Keyboard and SMS APP when it is officially released with all add ons including 5 TouchOne Keyboard themes, 5 SMS App themes and Emoji Package (worth over $20)
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    TouchOne Backers Premium Package
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    Co Creator rights into future developments of the TouchOne Keyboard and SMS APP
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    Your name will be added to our website under gold supporters

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    $30 Rewards Package
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    A T-shirt with the TouchOne Logo
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    You will receive a photograph of the TouchOne team with an autograph from every team member

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    $100 Rewards Package
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    A custom theme of your choice, which is implemented by our genius designer

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    $500 Rewards package
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    The choice of a Huawei or Sony smartwatch for selection integrated with the TouchOne keyboard and SMS APP

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    $1000 Rewards package
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    Return Ticket to Las Vegas to meet the TouchOne Team at the CES exhibition in January 2016

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