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Welcome to Wikipedia

It was a pretty nice thrill to open up the Wikipedia page for chorded keyboards in order to add an entry about ASETNIOP (our first attempt a number of months ago got shot down) and discover that some mystery stranger had already added it.  Hooray!  It’s nice to have become an accepted member of the chorded keyboard community!

Still More Publicity!

A brief write-up at todaysiphone.com appeared over the weekend.

The link. 

More Publicity!

We’re excited to report that there’s an article about ASETNIOP that was published over at Gizmag.com today, written by Paul Ridden.  You can find it here.

It’s an interesting coincidence because there’s another article in Gizmag about Microsoft’s development of a device to track hand gestures.  The article, published by Dave LeClair, can be found here.  The takeaway is that they’re working on a device that can be worn like a wristwatch and track what the user’s hands and fingers are doing in space.  Much like the LEAP, it’s a perfect device for an application like ASETNIOP.

 

Publicity!

The illustrious Jeff Atwood (@codinghorror) graciously shared ASETNIOP with his numerous twitter followers today. A couple of questions came up, so I thought I would address them here:

Q: @jonoabroad muses: I do wonder if learning this would render you unable to type normally.

A: Absolutely not!  It’s not like learning Colemak or Dvorak, where you have to rewire the way your fingers are programmed to hit the keys – with ASETNIOP you’re just adding a few new things on top of what you already know.  For example, with ASETNIOP you still use your left pinky to hit the Q, but you’ll add the right finger to it to form the appropriate combination.  Similarly, you still use your left ring finger to hit the W, but you’ll add the left pinky to form the chord.  For the alphabet, there is either 100% or 88% overlap, depending on which finger you use to type the C, X, and Z keys (or, in terms of how often you actually hit the letters, it’s either 100% or 97% overlap).  It work the same way for punctuation – you still use the right middle finger for the comma, right ring finger for the period, right pinky for the question mark, etc.  Personally, I haven’t any change to my ability to type normally (still about 75 wpm or so with QWERTY), and I’ve found it very simple to switch between the two.

Q: @Lee_Holmes adds: I tried with AutoHotkey once … you need to map input to multi-character output like real stenography to be helpful.

A: I have some good news.  One of the things that makes ASETNIOP so exciting is that multi-character output IS mapped to multiple keys in a way that’s incredibly easy to learn or figure out on the fly.  Each combination of three or more letters corresponds to the most common word that would be generated from that particular combination of letters.  For example, if you press the keys for the letters T, H, and E all at the same, you’ll generate the word “the”.  You can read a bit more about it and see a video of how it works here.

Chorded Colemak for the iPad

Colemak is an alternative keyboard layout, designed with two purposes in mind.  The first is to optimize the placement of keys in order to maximize typing speed and comfort.  By some measures, it’s more efficient than the older and more familiar Dvorak layout.  The second aim is to minimize the differences between the new layout and the more familiar QWERTY layout, so that new users can make the transition more easily.  Similar to what is intended with ASETNIOP, there are few keys where the basic finger used to type the key changes, and a number of keys remain in their original positions.  We’ve developed a chorded version of Colemak (currently we’re calling it CHORDMAK) that works along the same principles as ASETNIOP, but uses the basic Colemak layout and home keys as the basis for the method.  The layout is below, that there’s a tutorial available for Colemak users who wish to give it a try on the iPad.  We’ll have a keyboard version available soon.

 

The New iPad Tutorial is HERE!

We’ll probably integrate it into the site over the weekend, but the new ASETNIOP tutorial for the iPad is finished.  Even if you’ve been through the original tutorial, we strongly encourage you to try out the new one – it’s a lot better.  Feedback, as always, is welcome!

You can find it here.

Enjoy!

iPad 3 Commercials

I’ve been seeing ads for the new iPad, which features the “retina” display.  It looks beautiful, and it appears to double the resolution of the screen.  Like all Apple ads, it’s very crisply done.  But what’s interesting to me (and was similarly interesting about the LEAP promotional video a few months ago) is that the one activity they actively avoid showing is typing.  Out of curiosity, I pulled up the official “trailer” for the iPad 3 that Apple released in March.  It’s over five minutes long, and I didn’t notice a single sequence where they show someone using the virtual keyboard.   The virtual keyboard has always been one of the least functional features of the iPad, and Apple has known this from the beginning – even in the original advertisement during the the Academy Awards in 2010, they don’t actually show anyone typing (they show the virtual keyboard for a split second, but don’t show it actually being used).  I’m hoping to change that.

 

 

Puppy Parade!

We’re currently producing a video that shows some of the tasks that the tablet version of ASETNIOP can be used to accomplish.  We just shot the initial footage last night, so it won’t be ready for a while, but I wanted to share one of the slides that’s part of the demonstration sequence.  It’s a reference to what’s been one of my favorite TV shows over the last few years – Community.  I actually spent about six months living within walking distance of Glendale Community College, which was apparently Dan Harmon’s inspiration for Greendale, but I never actually took a tour of the campus.  I’m not too optimistic about the show’s future, but they can’t really go wrong if they manage to shoehorn another puppy parade into one of the upcoming episodes.

 

 

Welcome to the new ASETNIOP Blog

We’ve just set up this blog in order to keep everyone up to date with what’s going on with ASETNIOP. Please check back soon for more updates and entries.