Meet KALQ the new Thumb Friendly Keyboard

on Thursday, May. 2nd

I'm a slow typist. S-L-O-W. (That's took 20 seconds. Almost not kidding.) Which means I'm always on the lookout for some kind of advantage (current favorite: TextExpander).

The funny thing is that I feel like I'm more efficient with my thumbs than I am with my fingers, which is why my ears perked up when I was listening to KPCC's AirTalk this morning as they talked about KALQ.

KALQ is a new keyboard layout designed by researchers at the University of St Andrews in Scotland intended to replace the standard QWERTY layout on touchpad devices with something more thumb friendly. QWERTY, of course, is the layout most of us use these days, and it was designed to slow down typists who were jamming mechanical typewriters.

Talk about a legacy piece of design.

An Android app is coming. Lucky little droids. On the other hand it apparently takes about 8 hours to master. Does anyone have the patience? That's almost a season of Game of Thrones right there.

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