Haptix: both a mouse and a... keyboard?
When Haptix first launched, we saw a great deal of discussion about killing the mouse. But quite a few of you asked whether Haptix can also replace the keyboard with "invisible keyboards" or even "paper-printed keyboards".
Well, we're excited to announce a partnership that might just make that happen.
Early in the campaign, Zack Dennis (creator of the DexType app) reached out to us about a typing method he developed called ASETNIOP.
What's ASETNIOP? As Wired puts it, it's "QWERTY with only 10 keys... this virtual keyboard enlarges eight common letters -- a, s, e, t, n, i, o, p. The rest of the alphabet is input by simple "chord" combos of fingers. Good typists can clock 80 wpm."
Essentially, ASETNIOP is a typing method that lets users type using only ten fingers. The design is based on QWERTY, but utilizes combinations of fingers to produce all the letters of the alphabet, as well as symbols and numbers. With ASETNIOP, all that matters is which fingers are pressed down - it doesn't matter where or what they're pressing down.
But words are no use. Check it out here! http://asetniop.com/keyboardTutorial.html
You can also do cool stuff like drawing symbols such as "(" instead of switching keyboards to type them out.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8xji6xy25s (Video of character recognition)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fP2TH7TQC8w (Video of ASETNIOP in action)
What does this have to do with Haptix?
After some discussion, we decided to implement ASETNIOP in Haptix. This means with Haptix, you can use ANY surface to type (it's more like piano-playing). All you need to do is press your fingers down without requiring specific keys. Here's a quick video of how it looks like so far, but we'll be adding more features over the next few months:
(If you're wondering why Haptix is on a stand, it's because Haptix needs to view all 10 fingers. For 2-3 fingers/objects, placing it flat is fine.)
"The best typists work by touch - and I believe that a touch-based system is the future of keyboard replacement. Methods that rely heavily on disambiguation or predictive technology have limited application and will never genuinely replace the traditional (or even virtual) keyboard. ASETNIOP allows for true touch-typing on any flat surface, and I'm thrilled that the Haptix team has chosen to include it as part of their revolutionary system." - Zack Dennis
So, can Haptix be both a mouse-killer and keyboard-killer? Okay, fine, I love my mechanical keyboard too much to say that Haptix can replace all keyboards overnight.
But this partnership is exciting because it raises interesting possibilities. Maybe you won't use ASETNIOP on your laptop, but how about on your tablet? Or your smart TV? Can ASETNIOP be improved to become even faster? A smaller learning curve? What other keyboard methods can Haptix support?
For us, this is an exciting first step in the area of alternative input, such as making tablet-typing easier or as an aid for the disabled. And we want your help in making the second step, and the third, and... you get the idea. Share this with your friends, and let us know what you think!
Also, we'll be shooting more videos of Haptix in action, so look out for those!
The Haptix Team