Would you Abandon the QWERTY Keyboard?
And Australian entrepreneur has spent 25 years trying to get an alternative to the QWERTY keyboard into the market. With the rise of smartphone touch screens, he thinks he might have a chance.
Via Stuff:

[John] Lambie is in the United States shopping around his keyboard, which has been designed for optimum use with just one finger or to split itself in two to make typing easier with two thumbs.
The Dextr keyboard is in alphabetical order with the letters split over five rows instead of three and it is able to be flipped for easier use by left handed people.
"I’ve been playing with ideas, doodling things in the margin as it were for over 25 years," Mr Lambie said.
"I was inspired by a lecturer at university who had severe cerebral palsy and therefore very limited use of his hands and fingers and he would always, in every single lecture, find some way to say some derogatory remark about QWERTY.
"He said it really is the worst piece of usability design ever.
"It’s become so entrenched unfortunately that the human race is almost stuck with it."
Mr Lambie pointed out the QWERTY keyboard was originally designed to slow people down and space the most used letters far apart so typewriter arms would not stick together.

Lambie’s target audience is in the developing world where people have not grown up with — or accustomed to — the QWERTY keyboard but are now buying low-cost smart and feature phones.

Would you Abandon the QWERTY Keyboard?

And Australian entrepreneur has spent 25 years trying to get an alternative to the QWERTY keyboard into the market. With the rise of smartphone touch screens, he thinks he might have a chance.

Via Stuff:

[John] Lambie is in the United States shopping around his keyboard, which has been designed for optimum use with just one finger or to split itself in two to make typing easier with two thumbs.

The Dextr keyboard is in alphabetical order with the letters split over five rows instead of three and it is able to be flipped for easier use by left handed people.

"I’ve been playing with ideas, doodling things in the margin as it were for over 25 years," Mr Lambie said.

"I was inspired by a lecturer at university who had severe cerebral palsy and therefore very limited use of his hands and fingers and he would always, in every single lecture, find some way to say some derogatory remark about QWERTY.

"He said it really is the worst piece of usability design ever.

"It’s become so entrenched unfortunately that the human race is almost stuck with it."

Mr Lambie pointed out the QWERTY keyboard was originally designed to slow people down and space the most used letters far apart so typewriter arms would not stick together.

Lambie’s target audience is in the developing world where people have not grown up with — or accustomed to — the QWERTY keyboard but are now buying low-cost smart and feature phones.

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  6. cultureintransit reblogged this from futurejournalismproject and added:
    Interesting…but, I’d have to get my hands on it and try it out for a bit.
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  10. colintedford reblogged this from futurejournalismproject and added:
    I’d abandon QWERTY for Dvorak, which is based on actual usability studies. Would love to see these people fund more...
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  14. queenofzan reblogged this from parentheticalaside and added:
    Omg I want it
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  16. s-m-i reblogged this from futurejournalismproject and added:
    AHEM. Let’s just take a ‘did I just hear someone throw out some random “fact” about the “developing world?”’ time-out....
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  18. cleankut reblogged this from midnight-naiad-under-the-sea and added:
    I’d beta test that shit. Hipsters would love it. QWERTY is sooo mainstream
  19. brosophila reblogged this from liquidiousfleshbag and added:
    i think for a tablet or a smart phone keyboard this is an interesting idea, especially as there’s a lot of room to play...
  20. midnight-naiad-under-the-sea reblogged this from liquidiousfleshbag and added:
    Yeah I mean that’s the problem with humans. We get awfully stuck in our ways. Plus I like the qwerty keyboard. It works.
  21. parentheticalaside reblogged this from futurejournalismproject and added:
    Oooooh. I want to try it!
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