Greetings to our users and supporters worldwide! We hope that our tiny smart keyboard will add a touch of magic to your mobile experience this winter holiday season.
Just so you know, we’ve snuck out an early preview of the Minuum development kit for our VIP supporters to play with over the holidays. The development kit allows you to experiment with and rapidly prototype typing on non-touchscreen platforms using motion sensors, game controllers, sound frequencies, and more. If you’re interested in learning about utilizing our new development kit in your projects, we’d love to hear from you!
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.
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.
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,