It's been a while since we really took a look at a new an innovative app or piece of technology. Well with the recent IO 2014 conference we're happy to show off Minuum. I do understand that it's been out for a while, but when I saw a picture of the Moto360 with the minuum keyboard and I couldn't resist talking about it!
A little back story from the Minuum About Us Section,
Minuum was developed as a University of Toronto research project: Invent a better way of typing on touchscreen mobile phones without looking. This encouraged us to investigate various device tilting techniques relying on user motion—which we understood to be useful in the field of wearable technology. The Minuum virtual keyboard for touchscreens is simply one extension of this approach. Our original research also led to the development of the disambiguation algorithm, a new alphabet layout, and exciting results based on user studies with various device tilting techniques: We found that people could type at tremendous speeds, using carefully designed audio feedback, without any visual feedback or looking at their phones.
This is just a snippet of what's on their website so for more please visit http://minuum.com/
After a week of using the keyboard I'd have to say it's functioned a lot better than I would have anticipated. I had my reservations on how the minimal typing space would work, as I do have larger fingers, but I was pleasantly surprised at how responsive and intuitive the auto correct is. Hat's off to the person(s) who programmed Minuum because it managed to get Leather Phone Case from ldzfbsr phkje rqsc. In my mind what I typed and what I wanted to find we not even close, but they did it.
Another perk is that I really enjoy the ability of also using a full sized keyboard along with the minimized one. There are certainly situations where I would prefer one over another.
Pros: The design of Minuum is very clever, uses the layout of the the traditional qwerty keyboard and condenses if in a very usable fashion.
"Auto Correct" function. The whole keyboard itself should pride itself on the correction feature it has. How it can take a jumble of letters and find the right word 99% of the time is nothing short of awesome.
Let's not forget the screen availability now that the keyboard is almost non existent.
Cons: Although intuitive for the person who uses a keyboard on a daily basis, for an average user the learning curve might not be as high, but the expandable keyboard was available for a reason.
My last con, which is a bit trivial, is that that condensed keyboard is a bit too small to where I'm unable to make out the lettering at time. Again trivial problem at best.
Overall I'd say this is an amazing keyboard that will definitely be very useful for new tech creations down the road. In fact Minuum just released a fun little video on how it works with Google Glass:
Minuum is available for Android and iOS right now; you can even try it out free for 30 days.
Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.
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