Scientists make mobile keyboard that is 34% faster
Scientists have launched a new keyboard which makes typing on touchscreens 34% faster, which means people can be over a third more annoying while tweeting through big event television as they all rush to make the same joke.
St Andrews University experts have developed a system called KALQ, which they reckon enables people to type 37 words-per-minute on all touchscreen pads, an improvement on the current 20-a-minute average.
Dr Per Ola Kristensson said the keyboard could become the most popular way to type, adding: "We recruited a number of students from the university campus to try out our new keyboard where they could practise texting on a touchscreen device with the new layout."
"At first the QWERTY layout was still being used quicker because that's what the students were used to. But we found that after eight hours of practice ... the new layout code was being used quicker. Students spent between 13 and 19 hours getting used to the system."
"We wanted to minimise finger-travelling time, so we researched arrangements until we found this one. I helped develop the 'sliding' technology on touchscreens and I believe this will catch on just as well as that did."
Doomed to fail.