We love using iPad for surfing or writing short notes because it is very efficient to carry and swift to move around but when it comes to typing a lengthy blog post or document rather than typing it on the iPad or the virtual keyboard we prefer to use the computer.
Yes, we can Apple’s wireless keyboard to connect and type on our iPad but Cliff Thier has other ideas. He has developed an iPad accessory to address this issue.
Hunt-and-peck typing “hijacks” the thinking part of your brain, making it unavailable for more important tasks. Your brain is monopolized by having to ask a series of questions and issue a series of instructions: “Where is the ‘W’? Touch that spot.” “Where is the ‘H’? Touch that spot.”
He also points out the following issues with the virtual keyboard:
That’s because the touch-screen is super-sensitive, so it’s impossible for you to lightly rest your fingers on the virtual keys without typing the characters. And the keys themselves are just images, so you can’t know by feel alone where your fingers are on the keyboard.
Instead, you must suspend your fingers over the screen and must keep your eyes on the virtual keyboard—at all times—to know where to type. So the only kind of typing you can do is the two-fingered, hunt-and-peck variety.
He explained on iPad accessory that can address this problem & how it works:
My solution is to provide the feedback missing from a virtual keyboard by “grafting,” or piggybacking, a real keyboard onto the screen. My invention—the iKeyboard—will sit atop the virtual keyboard and be lightweight. It will add little bulk and not increase the footprint of the tablet. It will be easy and fast to deploy and remove.The iKeyboard will improve accuracy and typing speed, letting tablet users do real writing. It will set the brain free. In certain settings—the lecture hall, the library, the classroom—the iKeyboard will be an essential tool rather than just a useful accessory.
You can contribute to the project to be one of the first recipients of the iKeyboard. The project has already raised over double its funding goal of $4000.
Do you plan to buy iKeyboard for your iPad? Please share your views in the comments section below.
[ Via iphonehacks ]