a new keyboard - discuss and critique

Steve Mosher steve at openmoko.com
Wed Jun 3 19:47:09 CEST 2009

Perhaps he thinks by presenting the keyboard in that way  you will be 
"more careful" in where you tap your finger..

Worth a test.. but in theory I agree with you.. more dead space = more 
failed keypresses.."im touching put nothing is happening...

Carsten Haitzler (The Rasterman) wrote:
> On Wed, 3 Jun 2009 17:27:00 +1200 Robin Paulson <robin.paulson at gmail.com> said:
>> apparently, triangular buttons produce less errors.
>> http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2009/06/02/crocodile_keyboard/
>> i'm not totally convinced, but it would be worth a go, i think
> he's smoking crack. his logic (that more deadspace makes for less mis-presses)
> is just wrong. it makes for fewer "presses". you hit the deadspace much more
> often and press nothing. if you simply expanded each key to just fill the
> rectangular region it ocupies (which it effectively does as that space is
> unused and dead) hen you get a no less accurate keyboard than what he as, but
> somewhere were u are MORE likely to actually hit a key as opposed to hit
> nothing.
> the kbd just makes no sense. making keys bigger is simply the way to make them
> more accurate to hit. if that isn't an option an you still do a kbd-style
> keyboard, then having some sort of guessing algorithm that guesses what you
> meant to hit is all you have left.
> doing a non "qwerty" style is the only other way you have a way out as you
> could have fewer keys, now easier to hit, but you may need to hit them multiple
> types (normal abc, def, ghi etc. number keypad style), and even here to avoid
> the multiple hits, you need again a guessing algorithm (t9). :)
>> now, is it possible to coerce raster's keyboard into using anything
>> other than square keys?
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