Simplified Touchscreen Typing
Minuum is a tiny, one-dimensional keyboard that frees up screen space while allowing fast, accurate typing.
Current technology assumes that sticking a full typewriter into a touchscreen device is the best way to enter text, giving us keyboards that are error-prone and cover up half the usable screen space (or more) on most smartphones and tablets.
Minuum, on the other hand, eliminates the visual clutter of archaic mobile keyboards by adapting the keyboard to a single dimension. What enables this minimalism is our specialized auto-correction algorithm that allows highly imprecise typing. This algorithm interprets in real time the difference between what you type and what you mean, getting it right even if you miss every single letter.
Features at a Glance
Recover more than half of the usable touchscreen space you lose when typing on traditional virtual keyboards
Type fast without worrying about being precise, thanks to smart
Use key magnification through a zoom view for precise entry of letters, numbers, and punctuation—especially useful if you have large fingers
You already know how to type with Minuum—it’s just the QWERTY layout, minimized
Get everything you’d expect in a keyboard (such as, punctuation, space, backspace, and enter) without losing your screen space
Speed up your typing by choosing from suggestions made by a predictive engine that learns from your word use and typing style
Any Size of Keyboard:
Press and hold with two fingers on the keyboard to switch between linear and full-sized modes (useful for entering URLs and passwords).
Minuum learns from your vocabulary, and you can delete words from your dictionary as you type, or backup your data when switching to a new phone.
Experience hands-free text entry via Google Voice Typing for voice-to-text typing when performing other activities.
Slide your fingers to the corners for quick, convenient access to all your features via pop-up keys.
Different alphabet arrangements:
Choose from different keyboard layouts—such as "QWERTZ," "AZERTY," "A-Z."
Can't wait to try the keyboard? Download the Minuum public beta for Android from the Google Play Store.
Check out some answers to our Frequently Asked Questions about the Whirlscape Minuum app.
Going Beyond Your Touchscreen
The Minuum project seeks to bring simplified, improved typing to mobile devices and to the future of wearable computing.
From watches to glasses, and everything in between, wearable computing is a rapidly growing field, with unlimited options to explore. Minuum is simply a continuum of letters, laid out in a row (we call it “one-dimensional” because it’s based on one row of keys). This simplified keyboard arrangement means you can type without needing complex sensors or full surfaces. If there is a place where you can measure one dimension of user input, Minuum will let you type there. This means being able to type using wearable technology, with game controllers, and practically anywhere else.
In fact, with Minuum you can type without any surface at all, simply by measuring the orientation of hand gestures in the air. This can be done in several ways, such as with an accelerometer/gyroscope in a ring, watch, armband, or handheld device, or with a camera capturing the hand from something like a Kinect, Leap Motion Controller, or Google glasses.
With only one dimension to measure, these kinds of typing systems are easy to make—and easy to use, even in noisy and constrained sensing environments.
Prototyping and the Minuum Wearables SDK
You can incorporate Minuum into existing categories of devices to let people type anywhere. For example:
- Watches—A simple infrared or laser setup built into a watch, which measures where someone's finger breaks the beam, can allow wearers to type on their arms.
- Game controllers—These are notoriously painful to type with. You can use an analog stick to quickly type an e-mail using the Minuum layout, without needing to be precise.
We have been prototyping and developing each of these Minuum applications mentioned above. If you are a developer of wearable tech devices, we'd love to hear from you about how you'd like people to type with your device.
Thanks to crowdfunding from our successful Indiegogo campaign, you can use the Whirlscape Minuum software development kit to prototype wearable device typing for yourself. The Minuum project involves applying our virtual keyboard algorithms to other typing needs beyond touchscreens. Soon, you’ll be able to type quickly and accurately using a variety of wearable devices. Many of these haven’t been imagined yet, and our SDK will help you build those devices you dream of. Want to create a sweater that types or put a keyboard in your phone case? Using our SDK you’ll be able to - just contact us at email@example.com
We also want to tailor our technology to create the best possible keyboard for people of all ages with motor, visual, or cognitive impairments. The extensibility of our developer library and SDK will allow us to work with partners such as MyVoice to tailor our technology to be accessible by all.
Want to evaluate Minuum technology? Download the Minuum public beta for Android from the Google Play Store.
On the intellectual property (IP) front, we have been developing a patent portfolio to protect our IP relating to the following: text entry methods, alphabet layout, disambiguation algorithm, and interface design.