Most of the recent attempts to revolutionize text input - methods that are designed to make the keyboard obsolete - force you to focus on what’s going in. ASETNIOP changes that, because it makes it possible for you to focus on what’s coming out. ASETNIOP works with a variety of platforms, which is why it’s the ideal solution for truly getting rid of the physical keyboard - once and for all.




ipadWith the introduction of smartphones and tablet computers, touchscreens are becoming more and more common. For a point-and-click process, the touchscreen works beautifully. But the QWERTY keyboard is still the dominant method for text entry with both. On a tablet computer, the typical virtual keyboard takes up half the screen space, and is very hard to use without actually watching your hands as they type. And it’s very error-prone - there are entire websites devoted to blunders that result from such a heavy reliance on autocorrect features.

On a touchscreen, it is possible for the ASETNIOP keyboard to become partially or even completely transparent, which increases both the visibility of the working surface, and the input speed. Currently, a javascript version has been developed for the iPad (see video), and we’re developing a version for use as an add-on feature for tablet computer browsers.

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The Leap system is a tiny device - about the size of a flash drive - that maps hand and finger movements and can be used to control a computer in three dimensions. The one notable absence in their promotional video, however, was how to enter text. ASETNIOP is a perfect solution, and we've currently joined the line for a development kit so an ASETNIOP add-on will be available when Leap units begin shipping to customers in winter of 2013.

nook touchpad The Cellulon Magic Cube is a projection device that turns any flat surface into a virtual keyboard. It uses a laser to project an image of a keyboard and responds when a user's fingers touch down. Like a touchscreen keyboard, it's pretty hard to use without watching where your fingers are touching down - making touch-typing pretty much impossible - and all of the punctuation keys have been relocated. The technology could pretty easily be adapted to work with ASETNIOP, which would eliminate the need for the laser and lead to a more compact, more efficient device - with a longer battery life.

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peregrine glove Ever since Nintendo introduced the Power Glove as a video game controller in 1989, a number of devices have been designed around the concept of using a glove (or pair of gloves) as an input device. It’s very easy to conceive of a simple set of gloves equipped with sensors that measure when the fingertips are pressed down on a solid surface - in fact, we made an extremely primitive set of our own (see video). Many other folks have invested a lot more time and energy into the concept, and the following devices have been developed and could benefit from using the ASETNIOP method for text input:

[The Chording Glove] [The Peregrine Glove] [The KITTY project] [WearaBraile] [The Keyglove] [The Gauntlet] [The MouseGlove] [The SudoGlove] [The Glove Mouse] [The Clove 2]

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nook touchpad Touchpads have been included in laptop computers since the late 1980’s, and have evolved to the point where their resolution makes them usable for most of the same tasks that a mouse would normally be used for. Most touchpads are small, but a larger touchpad (10”x7” or thereabouts) would be effective both as a mouse and as a keyboard. An ideal use for this type of device would be to expand a Nook or a Kindle and use it as a laptop computer.

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