Monthly Archives: October 2012


Current Press Release

Here’s the full text of our current press release:


ASETNIOP invisible keyboard makes touch-typing possible on any surface.

For years, movies like Minority Report and Iron Man have teased us with visions of futuristic computer interfaces that allow their users manipulate data and images using only their fingertips, and don’t require any hardware other than a two-dimensional screen or a holographic display.  Unfortunately, while there has been a tremendous amount of advancement in technologies that can sense motion and translate it into meaningful input, there is a basic problem that has continued to plague the development of new user interfaces: how to enter text without a physical keyboard.  ASETNIOP is a keyboard replacement method that solves this problem: it makes touch-typing possible without needing any kind of visual interface, and without needing any kind of tactile feedback other than the feeling of your fingertips touching a solid surface.

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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 appeared over the weekend.

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More Publicity!

We’re excited to report that there’s an article about ASETNIOP that was published over at 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.




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.