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07-02-2012, 04:47 AM #1
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The image above is claimed to be out of a Microsoft Research presentation and is showing off what seems to be a curved SIP, an input method employing a “phone-type” keyboard rather than a QWERTY one, with several letter being joined (three or four).
The purpose of such a possible future keyboard would be a simple one: one-handed operation. Our guess is as good as yours on whether this is (or will turn out to be) real or not, as a feature of Windows Phone 8 — and who knows, Windows Phone 7.8? Of course, it should have a stellar prediction and correction engine — and normally, a toggle switch for left and right hand operation. Would typing on such a keyboard be appealing to you?
Note: the skeptical among you will immediately notice that the text is not aligned with the top edge of the phone (and the keyboard with some of the edges), and they’ll be right. Fake or not, the idea is kind of outrageously cool.
Microsoft Preparing Curved Keyboard In Windows Phone 8 For One-Handed Operation? | Pocketnow
- 07-02-2012, 05:07 AM #2
I find the limiting factor for one-handed typing to be the speed of my thumb, so not sure how much this will improve things. For some reason, Windows Phone's auto-correct is almost always spot on with my one-handed mistakes.
- 07-02-2012, 05:21 AM #3
07-02-2012, 05:21 AM #4
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Looking at the way my thumb moves when holding a phone, that looks like a brilliant idea.
I would need to try it in real life though, as how does it effect the screen display? How does it feel looking at a horizontal input prompt, and a diagonal keyboard?
Think i'd still prefer an old skool physical numeric keypad for most things.
- 07-02-2012, 05:26 AM #5
- 07-02-2012, 06:45 AM #6
It's an interesting idea and it could be true.
Then i think, how many people like a T9 keyboard for typing? How many people will like a T9 keyboard setup like a regular keyboard? How much money would they spend developing this (it's going to be a couple of hundred of dollars a day just to have one guy work on it)?
I don't know. I guess we have to wait and see.Check out the great deals on Windows Phone Accessories: http://store.wpcentral.com
- 07-02-2012, 10:14 AM #7
07-02-2012, 11:27 AM #8
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It's fake. The phrase, "Curved to match thumb" is a strange choice of words (how is it "matching" it exactly?). Also, the text isn't level with the screen edge. It looks hastily photoshopped.
Even if it is only an internal MS document, it wouldn't have been hard to make the mock-up look good. And it doesn't.
- 07-02-2012, 12:48 PM #10
As far as a bad Photoshop job, if it's real, it's probably someone's pitch of the idea without spending hours of programming. So yeah, a quick photoshop to get the idea across without resorting to a hand drawing on a napkin.
- 07-06-2012, 04:46 PM #15
As for this? Count me in for disbelief. Maybe a leaked image from a brain-storming session. Sure doesn't look real or actually on the screen.A closed mouth gathers no feet.
- 07-06-2012, 06:38 PM #16
- 07-07-2012, 04:20 PM #18
Unless a device comes with physical buttons (back, home, search), I keep on hitting the seach/home key when playing games, so something like this would be pointless unless it disables the buttons while in use...
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