A FIC phone with a real keyboard - Was: OpenMoko ON the iPhone
dylan.semler at gmail.com
Sat Jan 20 03:04:37 CET 2007
On 1/19/07, Josef Wolf <jw at raven.inka.de> wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 15, 2007 at 04:07:40PM +0100, Torsten Röhl wrote:
> > Why - QWERTY keypad ? we have a wide screen 2,8 inch and i
> > love the new iphone concept without qwerty keypad. I hope that
> > the next neo1973 generation phones are also iphone like (without qwerty
> > keypad) ... i think a neo1973 next generation phone with qwerty keypad
> > just another phone and not more the wonderful neo1973 linux phone.
> Ough! I just can't imagine how to use emacs with this "new iphone
> concept". While this "new concept" is a fine thing for a phone,
> I'd like to be able to do _real_ work with it. I'm a developer, so
> my main tool is emacs, but there are more tasks (e.g. email/mail)
> where a kbd would be usefull. With a proper keyboard, we would have
> a laptop-replacement. No way to do _real_ work with a touchscreen.
> Unless I can connect a _real_ keyboard (probably via usb), I don't
> need this phone. I like the concept and the idea, but... no kbd
> implies no emacs... No way. Sorry.
> Please note that I'm not talking about integrating a mini-keyboard
> (like the original poster said). I'm just talking about the possibility
> to connect an usb-keyboard.
One thing I've been considering would be an iPhone style touch sensitive
keyboard, but with a one-handed dvorak layout. I feel like, perhaps with
a slightly bigger screen, one could almost practically fit one hand on the
device and be able to touch-type fluently. This way you would be able to
hold the device in the palm of one hand and still type 30 - 50 wpm with the
other hand, even while walking down the street. It would probably take
about a month of pretty consistent typing (and frustration) to get
comfortable with the new layout, which would be a huge barrier for many
people. I'd be curious to see how well this worked, especially if some
adaptation of the "force feedback" technology being developed by samsong
Type faster. Use Dvorak:
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