What a perfect day…Rob Stephenson (curator at The Tech Museum) and I met at the Ferry building in SF. While sitting by the dock of the Bay, Rob showed me the new adapter he built for chorded keyset Doug Engelbart gave me to play with. Now Engelbart’s keysets from the 1960-70 work with any computer via USB.
This facebook campaign really caught my attention, (and the attention of another 197,773 people) but I wonder, how we harness this mass frustration against Glenn Beck and convert it into a social/political movement towards change?
Or is knowing we are not alone in our opinions a viable first step?
The iPhone App, TipTapSpeech, just launched. It’s based on a Doug Engelbart invention. Available at iTunes store for $4.99.
One of the things that Doug Engelbart invented in the ’60s (along with the mouse and just about everything else about personal computing) was the “chorded keyset.” His idea was you had the mouse in one hand and the chorded keyset in the other. With the chorded keyset you could type any of the characters on a keyboard, using a combination of finger taps (think a “court recorder” type approach.)
TipTap.mobi just launched it as an iPhone app! It’s called TipTap Speech. With it’s ONLY FIVE KEYS you can tap out any text with just one hand–and without looking. And it converts to speech at the same time.
On top of all that, while Tip Tap Speech is for English text, it has already been configured for Hindi, Urdu, and Russian with more to come. If you have any questions, contact me.
Andres Landau, my nephew, took this video of himself typing his name with TipTapSpeech with the built in camera on the laptop, while I was on the phone.
I asked Engelbart which one of his ideas he wanted to see implemented in the near future. He said he would like the notion of chorded texting to take off. So for the past few years I’ve been working (on a volunteer basis) with some amazing people: Evan Schaffer, Rob Stephenson, Eric Matsuno to bring this to the marketplace.
We now have an iPhone App The Engelbartian chorded typing app: TipTapSpeech
Blogger Suzanna Stinnett’s launched a user community space for our new iPhone TipTapSpeech on her blog GreatAdaptations. TipTapSpeech is a BETA implementation of Engelbart’s idea of typing by using “chords” or multiple keys simultaneously rather than typing each letter with one key. I hope you will join in the discussion.