The sound of one hand typing

Dig this: A company called Digit Wireless has developed a new way to map QWERTY keys onto a regular phone, to make it easier to type SMSes, emails, and novels on your Nokia. Rather than force people to type on the super-teensy keys of, say, a Handspring Treo — a truly sadomasochistic bit of ergonomic design, if you ask me — Digit Wireless has created the Fastap system.

Their idea: Cluster the QWERTY keys in the corners of each number on a keypad. It’s a little hard to see from this picture, but if you go to the splash page on their site, there’s a better view.

I dunno. It’s a neat idea, but I’ve still yet to see anything as perfectly designed for mobile typing than the Danger Hiptop.

(Thanks to Techdirt Wireless News for finding this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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