Researchers have recently introduced a new KALQ keyboard for touchscreens which gives you a faster thumb typing experience and the speed is 34 percent more than the speed of the QWERTY keyboard. Researchers from Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Informatics have finally come up with a solution for the limitation of modern smartphones and tablets. Their main aim is to speed up the thumb-centric typing on mobile touchscreen devices.
When compared to a physical keyboard, the typing speed on a Qwerty keyboard device is very less. A normal user can type only twenty words per minute on a QWERTY keyboard. The QWERTY layout is also not suited for tablets and other touchscreen devices when you use your thumbs for typing.
The researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and colleagues from the University of St Andrews and Montana Tech initiated the process to develop a layout for two-thumb text entry minimizing the strain for the thumbs. They are using computational optimization techniques in conjunction with a model of thumb movement to search among millions of potential layouts before identifying one that yields superior performance.
They also placed commonly used letters closer to each other so that you can move your thumbs at a faster pace. The computational optimization process had two main motive
- To reduce the moving time of the thumbs and to approximate alternating sides as you can
- In KALQ keyboard, all vowels except the letter “y” are placed in the area for the right thumb, the left thumb also gets assigned with more keys.
In order to get the best out of this layout, the users should be trained to move their thumbs instantly. When you use your one thumb for typing, the other one should move automatically to its next target. As a result, the users will be able to type about 37 words per minute, which makes a great difference when compared with 20 words typing experience on a split QWERTY.
There have been reports that KALQ will be made available as a free app for Android-based smartphones at the beginning of May. Therefore you need to wait for just few more days to transform your typing experience.