Using a brain implant, Stanford researchers have developed a mind-machine interface that allows monkeys to text at the very reasonable rate of 12 words per minute. Eventually, the system could be used to help people with movement disorders to communicate more efficiently.
The Freewrite is a simple machine. It has one button, a full keyboard, and a tiny e-ink screen that can barely update fast enough to keep up with the average typing speed. The device is built for one thing: writing stories and syncing them to the cloud.
Tip-tap-tip-tap-tippety-tap. We all spend our days bashing keys at our computer—so how much energy could we create if we could recover just a little of it?
Write music to accompany the typing of a work of fiction:
Not too long ago, Swype's one-finger swiping totally changed phone typing (on Android at least). We don't all swipe all the time, but that functionality is built right in to the default Android keyboard. Now, the same minds behind Sywpe are trying to change tablet typing with Dryft, a virtual keyboard for touch…
Different folks like different music for different kinds of work. Some don't like background tunes at all. But when it comes to typing—real non-stop "I'll clean it up later" typing—you can get into a serious groove, and the right soundtrack can make it feel flat-out incredible.
Back in the day, typing was something of a specialized skill. Or so I am led to believe. Frankly, it's hard to imagine. Now typing up a document isn't a task for some army of receptionists, but rather something we all do every day, at work, at home, on our phones (but that's different).
There's a virus we need to talk about. It's spread between our brains, fingers, and keyboards, we rarely think about it, and we almost all do it. Maybe it's harmless. Or maybe it's corroding our entire language. Ughhhhhhhhhhh!
We're not all blessed with the vocal chords or performance abilities to be a karoake superstar but we've all spent a heckuva lotta time with our fingers on a keyboard. So prove your typing skills by playing Typing Karoake, it's an 8-bit typing game that lets you type out song lyrics as if you were singing karoake.…
These days, virtually all of our personal communication is performed digitally or over the phone. We type emails, compose tweets, blurt out status updates, spit out instant messages, make phone calls... and not a single bit of it is handwritten.
The Smartype seems better suited for hunt and peck typists who spend more time staring at their keyboard than their displays. But its creators claim its tiny display will actually make even touch typists more productive by allowing them to concentrate on the keys at hand.
Have any of you picked up a pen and paper to scrawl some note or jot down a quick to do list only to find your hand muscles have gone slack and your once-clear, familiar handwriting now crooked and forced? I have. Sometimes. It's really rather sad.
Typing on a touchscreen is not one of life's pleasures: the one-size-fits-all nature of most virtual keyboards is a hassle that puts many of us off using them. I've lost count of the number of times I've seen journalists put down an iPad, for instance, and pick up a laptop or netbook to do some serious notetaking or…
SpyKey is an iOS app that promises to monitor any PC keyboard at all times. Meaning it'll let you spy on what people are typing on their computers in real time. Uhhh....
If someone were filming me at work, I'd be sure to do all sorts of cool stuff, like put my feet up on the desk and wear sunglasses. But if I had to use my computer, I'd be sure I didn't type like it was the first time I'd ever seen a keyboard, as appears to be the case with this Scottish officer. [via BuzzFeed]
This is so cool. Hank Torres is paralyzed from the shoulder down but with the use of Swype and a head tracking device he was able to set the Guinness World Record for fastest hands free typing.
With one foot in the present and another firmly in the past, these DIY instructions will turn that beautiful vintage typewriter in the attic into an awesome part of your digital routine. And give you some serious literary street cred.
Just when you were starting to get the hang of all those crazy multitouch gestures designed for your fingers, a group of German researchers wants to put your other extremities to work. Multitoe (really) takes touch-based computing down a level.