Special Projects

Special projects we are working on / have worked on…

Indiegogo campaign finished: 874% and 9,647 supporters

Thanks to all of our amazing supporters for contributing to our Indiegogo campaign! We’ve had an astounding 9,647 people contribute 874% of our goal, which places us in the top ten Indiegogo projects of all time, ranked by number of supporters. In case you’re curious, here’s the rest of the list (to the best of our knowledge):

  • 1. [Technology] – Let’s Build a Goddamn Tesla Museum – 33,253
  • 2. [Community] – Let’s Give Karen -The bus monitor- H Klein A Vacation! – 32,251
  • 3. [Gaming] – Keep Skullgirls growing – 15,872
  • 4. [Video/Web] – Project For Awesome – 15,310
  • 5. [Animals] – BearLove Good. Cancer Bad. – 14,407
  • 6. [Design] – StickNFind- Bluetooth Powered ultra small Location Stickers – 12,314
  • 7. [Design] – BugASalt- The Final Push – 10,764
  • 8. [Video/Web] – HELLO, HARTO! – 10,324
  • 9. [Technology] – The Minuum Keyboard Project – 9,647
  • 10. [Environment] – Pe’ Sla: Help Save Lakota Sioux Sacred Land! – 9,267

(As you can see, we’re actually ranked 2nd in the Technology category, behind only the amazing Tesla museum campaign by the Oatmeal.)

Our supporters will most importantly be receiving an early beta version of our Minuum keyboard app for Android, which we’ll distribute in June. Our higher-level supporters will also be getting a whole bunch of great stuff ranging from shout-outs on our website (we’re setting this up soon), fridge magnet poetry, t-shirts, and VIP access/support for all of our future releases. If you’re looking to contribute, but missed our campaign, you can sign up here to learn more about when you can get your hands on the next wave of the beta app.

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Let’s talk about… our Wearable Development Kit

The first week of our Indiegogo campaign has been absolutely incredible. Thanks to our supporters’ efforts to spread the word, we’ve been covered by hundreds of blogs and media around the globe, and our videos have been seen on YouTube a total of nearly 1 million times!

Now that we’re approaching our $60,000 stretch goal, we want to take a moment to reflect on what we hope to do with our wearable development kit (WDK). Many of you are supporting us because you’re looking forward to trying out the first beta release of our Minuum keyboard app for Android in June. But many more of you are even more excited about the future of typing that our simplified technology will enable – on all mobile devices, wearable and otherwise.

Minuum Poster

There are an unlimited number of ways that typing on a one-dimensional keyboard can let you type anywhere, or with anything (such as game controllers, watches, etc.). But each of these ways to type might be better suited to different users, in different situations. We won’t have the resources to develop and manufacture every single one of these devices, so we’re instead empowering the community to easily create personalized keyboards to share with the world. Our wearable development kit will allow people like you (that’s right, you!) to create whatever kind of keyboard you want, as easily as we showed at the end of our video. We’ve already heard great feedback about how people are looking ahead to building keyboards into their clothing, accessories, phone cases, or furniture, and to changing lives by developing custom keyboards for users with motor impairments. As the community works through this evolutionary process of developing and refining new ways to type, we’ll reach the best possible future of mobile typing imaginable, together.

Minuum wearable development kit diagram

And now the technical details: we’ll take care of all the work that will go into communicating between your custom keyboard device and your phone or computer, and we’ll do all the messy work of turning your imprecise typing into what you meant to say. You’ll be able to connect your custom keyboard via Bluetooth, Wi-fi, or USB, which will most often involve simply building your keyboard around an Arduino. We’ll release all of the code that makes this communication possible, so the community will be free to build and improve upon different ways of interpreting information from different kinds of sensors and transmitting it to our sloppy typing interpreter.

We’ll keep you posted with more updates, soon. Thanks,
Will

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The Minuum Project begins… our Indiegogo campaign is live

We’ve been working on our keyboard technology for quite some time now, but we’re finally ready to show the world what we’ve been up to! If you’re interested in any aspect of the Minuum project, be it saving your precious screen space when typing on touchscreen devices, or typing in unlimited new ways using anything you can dream of, then you ought to support us, this instant! We’ve launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise both funding and awareness—be especially sure to check out the VIP reward level perk, and be the first to try out everything we make, now and forever after! And even if you can’t spare any funds, you can help us the most by simply telling all your friends about Minuum, the little keyboard that could!

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