the keyboard on the competition

Steven ** montgoss+openmokocommunity at
Fri Jun 29 04:49:12 CEST 2007

Have you seen this page:
I think "Finger splash" may be close to what you're talking about.
MessagEase is on there already also.


On 6/28/07, Dylan McCall <dylanmccall at> wrote:
> Perhaps someone could try building a Messag-ease keyboard that follows the
> growing keys scheme?
> MessagEase is a fantastic input method for touch screens. I've been
> playing with it on my DS, and after getting used to, it is far superior to a
> miniature qwerty!
> Instead of a too many tiny buttons, there are 12 (maybe more, maybe less)
> big buttons. You input characters by touching them and stroking in the
> direction of the letter you want which is on that key.
> It may sound a bit weird, but in action it makes sense and you can rather
> easily get the feel for it. The way it is organized makes fine sense.
> A really adventurous designer could go so far as adding a predictive text
> key with letters that change on the fly.
> (Whereas with qwerty, the layout is completely rigid). For example, if a
> date is being typed, the keyboard could be told (perhaps via d-bus?) to pop
> some numbers into the predictive text key. (Or, more adventurously, strings
> containing more than one character?)
> Combine the conventional Messag-Ease layout with the fancy scrolling
> effects like those used in the iPhone's keyboard (press a key, it expands),
> and it can be a really intuitive interface!
> Since the keys on a messag-ease layout can still only really be thumb
> sized, it is difficult to learn the layout if you keep covering up keys
> before they do anything, and since it is a weird layout to learn there are
> no hints for what to do. The solution there is that when a key is pressed,
> the key could expand with each letter becoming separate. When the user is
> making his stroke, the key that would be selected if he was to let go could
> be illuminated somehow.
> -Dylan McCall
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