We already covered the announcement of the new Matias tactile-keyboards but couldn't resist descending into the show floor in order to get a quick hands-on with the Canadian-made kit. The USB-powered boards contain a Bluetooth module and a physical button (with a blue LED) that you can switch between typing on your desktop and wirelessly to your device.
Anyone who has ever tried to use a touchscreen keyboard knows immediately the issue with those. The keys lack any tactile feel. Without tactile feel, it's hard to tell if you have your fingers in the correct location for touch typing and it's hard to tell when you have actually pressed the keys. This is why many people opt for external keyboards when they need to type a lot.
The proliferation of gadgets without keyboards has been explosive over the last few years, as have the options for keyboards to increase productivity. The Surface and Surface Pro series, the numerous Windows, Android and iOS tablets…all of them call for a keyboard to really maximize productivity with these devices.
It's designed to be used with two hands simultaneously, and while you mostly swipe from letter to letter, you can also use taps to indicate a double letter.The ability to touch multiple letters simultaneously is especially helpful for small words consisting of two letters, as you can literally tap both at the same time and it's on to the next word.
One of the big additions of iOS 8 was the introduction of third party keyboards for typing. There are lots of options out there at different price points, but right now you can get one of the best keyboards on the market for free. It's called Swype and it's wonderful.
The Swype keyboard allows you to write by quickly sliding your finger from letter to letter.
We all know that if you work from a tablet and need to do some serious typing, on screen keyboards don’t quite cut it. A lot of tablet users prefer Bluetooth keyboards that can be connected to the tablet like a case. Rumors have been swirling about the Dell Venue 10 tablet for a while and a new keyboard has crossed the FCC that appears to be for that tablet.
Sometimes we all need a second pair of eyes on something we're writing, even if it's curt replies on WhatsApp or a lengthy email response that youhadto compose from your phone. Ginger's custom keyboard, now out on iOS, offers a way to proofread your typing with a press.
Fleksy keyboard has been a favorite of some Android users because of its speed and accuracy. It recently beat a Guiness World Record for the “fastest time to type a text message on a touchscreen device”. It's not exactly Fleksy for Android but rather the app installed on an iPhone 6 Plus but still, it's Fleksy. Avid Fleksy user and typing champion Marcel Fernandes Filho beat his previous 18.
With all of the new iOS 8 keyboard apps, we're seeing new functions, languages and features. Custom Keyboard (US$0.99) gives the standard iOS keyboard a completely new look based on what you want. It's appearing in the App Store today.
Custom Keyboard provides control of backgrounds, colors, fonts, shadows and even animations for key pop-ups. It's easy to use, and is quite effective.
It's been a while since we've seen a brand new major product from personal drone pioneer Parrot , but today it is coming out with a big splash. Though it has three new products (OK, maybe two and a half) debuting today, the star of the show is, of course, the new Bebop drone that is smarter, better, but not bigger than its predecessor.
Bluetooth keyboard cases for iPads may be a convenient way to always have a keyboard with your tablet, but they do have problems. They are all undersized keyboards, usually with non-standard arrangements of the non-alphabetic keys, and they aren’t always easy to type on, especially for touch typists.
its "largest, most ambitious" release yet.With Lollipop, Google introduced "material design," an overhauled interface aesthetic that's sleek and brightly colored.Today, Google starts rolling out Lollipop, the Android update it calls"It’s grounded in tactile reality, inspired by real life objects—specifically paper and ink," designer Nicholas Jitkoff writes in a company blog post.
Typing on a touchscreen is more difficult that typing on normal keyboards because the smooth, flat screen offers you no physical clues to let you know if you’ve even touched a key as you type. The Phorm case changes that by overlaying physical clues onthe touchscreen when you need it.
With the arrival of the iPad Air 2 last fall, many case manufacturers went back to the drawing board to produce new products that would accommodate the slightly thinner tablet. One of the favorite keyboard cases for those of us here at TUAW has always been the ClamCase Pro (US$169.00), and that case has recently been updated for the latest member of the iPad family.
The world is full of devices that seem less than practical for every day use, and the HashKey can probably be counted among them, as it seems like little more than a novelty. HashKey is exactly what it sounds like: a key dedicated solely to typing a hashtag without all of that multi-button combination nonsense.
Pre-orders forDeus Ex: Mankind Dividedare live today via thegame's official site, open to pure humans and transhumans alike. (The site is down at the moment, but it should be "back soon").Mankind Dividedis in development for PS4, Xbox One and PC, and it doesn't have an official release date.
There is a lot to be said for a keyboard that is optimized with keys and special buttons for the specific app you are using. There are a few custom keyboards out there but most of us don’t want to have to swap an entire keyboard for a task. For a long time people have wanted a single keyboard with keys that can be customized to suit their needs.