Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Oct 2012 14:52 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone, one of its most prominent and most controversial features was the on-screen keyboard. In as world dominated by devices with physical keyboards, it was seen as a joke, something that could never work. We know better by now, of course, but while I still prefer the physical feel and clicks of a real keyboard, a recent new endeavour of mine has made me appreciate the on-screen keyboard in a whole new way.
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I'll be damned
by Alfman on Thu 25th Oct 2012 16:02 UTC
Alfman
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2011-01-28

I never thought you'd be right about this, Thom. I'd have never thought a physical tactile keyboard could be inferior to a flat touch screen one, but your right..if you change alphabets alot (and non-latin writers certainly do), then having an on-screen keyboard might be better than fiddling with multiple keyboards. Or even worse, trying to emulate one alphabet with a keyboard designed for another.


Another (quasi) solution to this problem is keyboards with LCD buttons:
http://www.artlebedev.com/everything/optimus/maximus/

In the long term, the best obvious solution will be to give touchscreens some tactile feedback that not only change visible pixels, but can dynamically produce tactile feedback similar to a conventional keyboard so we'd finally have something on par with real keyboards.

It could even do braille, what a killer feature for a touch screen!

Edited 2012-10-25 16:07 UTC

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