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Haptix: both a mouse and a... keyboard?

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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!

You can also do cool stuff like drawing symbols such as "(" instead of switching keyboards to type them out. (Video of character recognition) (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!


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    1. Haptix Touch Creator on

      @David Yes, it's an optional feature for certain use cases only.

    2. Haptix Touch Creator on

      @Tony Definitely a possibility!

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      David Sheppard on

      I hope, for those of us who can barely type now, this would be an option we can turn off. Yes? No?

    4. Tony Lai on

      Thank you for the reply. it seems very interesting about ASETNIOP. just wondering if we can write chinese characters or other arabic characters ?

    5. Haptix Touch Creator on

      @Lamson Very interesting, never heard of Plover before, will check it out.

    6. Haptix Touch Creator on

      @Hao Liu I absolutely agree, but we don't always have buttons (think phones or tablets). In the absence of buttons, why limit yourself to a small screen when you can use a larger surface? That's the goal with Haptix!

    7. Haptix Touch Creator on

      @Ye91 It was pretty easy to type in the video. I find the experience somewhat similar to playing the piano; I was quite intrigued by the idea of not caring about key position when I type. Then again, please try it out and let us know what you think! Feel free to check out any of ASETNIOP's demos (especially for tablets); the experience should be pretty similar to typing with Haptix, just that the latter is on any surface.

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      Hao Liu on

      Touch keyboard? Just think about the keyboard of Microsoft's Surface. The interaction between buttons and fingers is important.

    9. B Alan Eisen on

      I want to use this with my laser keyboard. As a true 2 finger typist It works fine for me. As for the mouse, I am looking at gaming with this. But I also want it for programming and game design. Thank you.
      Al Eisen

    10. Ahmed on

      This has promise. I ended up typing too fast for that site and kept making other letters, but the potential is there, and it's amazing. I really have to say, it really is the best solution to the absence of a physical keyboard. Swype has nothing on this!

    11. Dominic Barratt on

      ASETNIOP? It's almost semaphore for fingers - fingerphore anyone? It does hint at where I'm hoping Haptix will take us all - a more intuitive and expressive interface. Just waiting.

    12. YMC91 on

      How easy will be this concept in real life usage?

    13. Haptix Touch Creator on

      @Mike @Jeffery Thanks, we're really excited too. Can't wait to get this into your hands.

    14. Haptix Touch Creator on

      @Tony Zack, the creator of ASETNIOP, has some ideas about that too. Did you see this?… Pretty cool (and definitely possible on Haptix)

    15. Haptix Touch Creator on

      @Stanlefourbe With a little extra tweaking (aka getting the compiling right) I don't see why not. :)

    16. Jeffery Baugh on

      I just want to say this is a wicked update and am excited to see what comes from this project. Can't wait to have this in my hands, i mean, attached to my computer.

    17. Mike MacDonald on

      I don't know why some fellow funders are anything but excited & appreciative of this update! Can we all agree to stop fretting about details, asking for more/different features, and just be happy that they this campaign is OVER-DELIVERING?

      Thanks guys!

    18. Tony Lai on

      how about using finger to write?

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      Stanlefourbe on

      That's just perfect for smart TV !
      I'm also thinking of a Raspberry pi with Android and Haptix... possible? :)

    20. Haptix Touch Creator on

      @matthelas Good point, you can definitely use a soft surface like a mousepad.

    21. Haptix Touch Creator on

      @Jiangyi We'll definitely be exploring that possibility too!

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      matthelas on

      Nice one, but you gonna need to provide or suggest some compatible "gel" flat surface accessories so that we don't destroy our fingers on hard surfaces when typing quickly ;)

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      Jiangyi Qian on

      This is a great alternative inputting method! But I would still love to see full keyboard support for several reasons:
      1. This requires on screen tips all the time, which would occupy part of the screen. With a "paper keyboard", I can look at the paper instead.
      2. There are 18 characters need 2 hits, which would slow the typing speed down almost half in theory.
      But again, if an 80 keys keyboard size area is too large for Haptix to read, I'm good with ASETNIOP.

    24. Haptix Touch Creator on

      @Chen Nope, it doesn't use word recognition. You're manually entering the letters, so it could work with a language like Chinese too.

    25. Haptix Touch Creator on

      @Jeff Fascinating, hope to see developer support from the international community as well!

    26. Yuchen Y. on

      Does this use word recognition? The main question is does this work with other languages?

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      Hao on

      "Essentially, ASETNIOP is a typing method that lets users type using only ten fingers."
      Am I on the right planet...XD

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      Adam Shumann on

      I would love to see Minuum working on this :)

    29. Jeff Mcneill on

      This is great, but keep in mind non-Latin keyboards/scripts, such as the Thai keyboard that uses the English (latin) keyboard for Arabic numbers and the Thai keyboard for Thai script numbers. That is correct, Thai typists need to change their language/keyboard to get to the Arabic numbers (which are more commonly used than Thai script numbers). There are complications out there with the Indic script-based systems. Thanks!

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      David Sheppard on

      I hope, for those of us who can barely type now, this would be an option we can turn off