If I didn’t watch the video with my own four eyes, I wouldn’t believe that someone can input over 70 words per minute on a PDA without a keyboard! It’s true all thanks to TenGO with is free for personal, non-commercial use on a PocketPC 2003 or Windows Mobile 5.0 device. After watching the speed-typist video I then went through the standard demo video to see how such speeds are accomplished on a touchscreen keyboard.
What an elegant solution! Instead of 26 individual small keys, TenGO uses the same QWERTY keyboard layout, but lumps the letters together into six large keys. When combined with predictive text entry, you can pound out letters pretty quickly using just those six keys. The beauty of the design is that you don’t have to learn a new keyboard layout, you just have to re-train your brain to use the six quadrants in lieu of 26 of ’em! I’m wondering if Microsoft could take a cue here for future TIP enhancements on a Tablet PC…..now THAT would be interesting!
(via Pocket PC Thoughts)