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Zoomboard Smartwatch Keyboard Makes Small Screen Typing Easy (video)
With smart watches becoming ever more popular with manufacturers, and
Apple, Microsoft, and Google all saying they are developing smartwatch
solutions, plenty of new applications and services are sure to be
released to run on them.
However one thing that is a little harder to accomplish on a small
screen is typing, enter Zoomboard. Zoomboard is a solution specifically
designed to make the task of typing on a smaller smartwatch screen
The Zoomboard solution consist of a
full QWERTY keyboard which zooms in as you type making selecting the
correct key easy., Watch the demonstration below to learn more about the
Zoomboard project and see it in action.
"The proliferation of touchscreen devices has made soft keyboards
a routine part of life. However, ultra-small computing platforms like
the Sony SmartWatch and Apple iPod Nano lack a means of text entry. This
limits their potential, despite the fact they are capable computers. In
this work, we present a soft keyboard interaction technique called
ZoomBoard that enables text entry on ultra-small devices.
Zoomboard : Our approach uses iterative zooming to enlarge
otherwise impossibly tiny keys to comfortable size. We based our design
on a QWERTY layout, so that it is immediately familiar to users and
leverages existing skill. As the ultimate test, we ran a text entry
experiment on a keyboard measuring just 16 x 6mm – smaller than a US
penny. Users achieved roughly 10 words per minute, allowing users to
enter phone numbers and searches such as "closest pizza” and "directions
home” both quickly and quietly.”
The Zoomboard keyboard will be showcased at the Computer Human
Interaction conference in Paris this week, and the Zoomboard source code
will be made freely available.