Looking for ideas to inspire a new media capstone? How about turning a problem into a solution? The software keyboard has been one of the biggest stumbling blocks to using mobile devices such as the iPad for real work rather than just media consumption. But that may soon change. Thanks to soft keyboards like BlindType, the words smart and keyboard may start to be used in the same sentence.

Typing on the iPhone is like squeezing sausages into a soda can–you can get it to work, but it’s not pretty. BlindType is changing that. The startup has created a new touchscreen keyboard program of the same name that changes size, orientation, and position to match your wandering fingers as they type. BlindType also features some of the most impressive typing correction software I’ve ever seen. The result is a practical touchscreen interface that knows what you meant to type, even if you make mistakes. Lots of them. In fact, you can type without looking at the screen at all!


I’d like to see the BlindType crew think even further outside the box, by changing the shape, size, or location of keys depending on the letters you have typed so far. For example, say you type a space and the letter T. There’s a strong chance the next letter you type would be an H. So why not make the H key temporarily bigger–or at least increase the chances it will be triggered by a nearby finger touch?

(Yes, you can hear the Dvorak typist in me talking. I’m always trying to escape the insanely inefficient Qwerty keyboard, which puts letters with less than 1% frequency, like J and K, directly under the home fingers. And don’t get me started on the semicolon!)

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