Express Exactly How You Feel With a Thousand-Key Emoji Keyboard

Sometimes a simple smile or frown is enough to convey the emotion of a sentence. But for those times when you need a more specific emoji, Tom Scott has transformed the 1,000+ keys on 14 combined keyboards into one monstrous contraption to help you quickly access those expressive little pictographs.

To make them easier to find the emojis are grouped by genres—faces, animals, hand gestures, etc.—but is hunting and pecking for the exact emoji that expresses how you’re feeling easier than digging through a series of software menus? Probably not. But who’s to say that after a few months you won’t become as fast on this keyboard as you are on a standard QWERTY layout? In no time you’ll probably become an organist of emotions.

Things will get more challenging for emoji touch typists, though, as this layout only covers everything included in Unicode 8. When the candidates from Unicode 9 finally arrive, you’re gonna need a bigger keyboard. :(

[YouTube via Laughing Squid]

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Well, at this rate, we may as well drop the Latin alphabet and go full Hànzì.

Personally I loath emoticons and emoji, preferring to express nuance as best I can in reasonably well crafted sentences.