New Keyboard ‘Typewise’ Claims 80% Fewer Typos

· Andrew Orr · Link

Typewise is a new keyboard that claims to reduce typos by 80% thanks to its hexagonal design. The developers invited me to test the app, and while there is a learning curve it does have a tutorial to follow. I haven’t given up the default keyboard though, but if you’re looking for an alternative I recommend you at least try Typewise out.

Typewise has been completely redesigned to provide an optimal typing experience on the smartphone. The layout was optimized for typing with two thumbs, because, according to the Cambridge study, 74% of users write this way and achieve the highest typing speed. Two space buttons placed in the middle of the keyboard allow these most frequently used keys to be reached as easily as possible.

BBC Launches 'Own It' Keyboard App for Kids

· Andrew Orr · News

The BBC has created a “digital wellbeing” keyboard for kids called Own It. It uses machine learning to analyze what a child types.

Evidence Mounts: Apple's Butterfly Keyboard is on the Way Out

· John Martellaro · Link

2018 Touch Bar MacBook Pro keyboard membrane

Evidence is mounting that the ill-fated Butterfly mechanism keyboard that Apple has been using in its notebook computers ever since the MacBook debuted in 2015 will eventually become history. AppleInsider has the goods:

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suspects that the [rumored] 16-inch MacBook Pro will be the first Apple laptop to shift [back] to a scissor mechanism …

Furthermore, Kuo is predicting that the entire MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lines will migrate in 2020 to the technology.

Some think this is evidence of the subtle hand of Apple’s COO Jeff Williams.

Informal Test Shows New MacBook Pro is Quieter

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

One of the features Apple is pushing for its new Touch Bar MacBook Pro is a quieter keyboard. Less clackity-clack will no doubt make a lot of people happy, but is it really quieter? TechCrunch did their own informal test with a previous generation keyboard and the new model. They recorded the results, and there is a difference between the two, but it may not be as dramatic as some were hoping for. Still, it’s quieter, and that’s something.

Here's How to Join the MacBook Pro Crappy Keyboard Class Action Lawsuit

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Apple revamped the built-in keyboard on its Mac laptop lineup in 2015 with a new butterfly switch mechanism. Turns out a lot of customers have been disappointed because some of the keys stop working and the only fix is to replace the keyboard with the same design and potentially face another failed keyboard. Now there’s a class action lawsuit calling out the design as defective. If you have a 2015 or later MacBook or a 2016 or later MacBook Pro you can sign up to be part of the suit. Happy litigating!

Here’s How to Join the MacBook Pro Crappy Keyboard Class Action Lawsuit

Matias Wired Aluminum Keyboard is Full Size, Backlit and Gorgeous

· John Martellaro · In-Depth Review

For years, Apple shipped its Aluminum Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad with a wired USB connection. But the wired version was discontinued in 2017. Fortunately Matias has an even better replacement. John reviews it.

Azio Mechanical Keyboard Marries Retro Looks and Backlit Keys [Update on Mac Support]

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

I spotted the Azio mechanical keyboard as a sponsored post in my Instagram feed last night, and I thought it was super cool. Originally funded on Indiegogo for more than $388,000, the Azio keyboard is shipping now. The one shown in the image below is the Azio Retro Classic BT (for Bluetooth), with a USB version available, too. It’s not quite steampunk, but it’s close, and there are several other styles, too. There are also also different color options for each model.  There are also models with modern key shapes, and some much cheaper entry-level models, but I love this typewriter feel on the Retro Classic. It’s priced at $189 for USB and $219 for Bluetooth. The video is from the original Indiegogo campaign. [2nd Update: Azio told me that the Bluetooth version supports the Mac and comes with replaceable keys. The USB version is Windows only. – Bryan] [3rd Update: I’ve now published an Azio Retro Classic BT Mac review].

Azio Mechanical Keyboard Marries Retro Looks and Backlit Keys [Update on Mac Support]

Sensel Morph Is Any Artist's Dream Tool

· Jeff Butts · Cool Stuff Found

There’s a really cool, cutting-edge input device that looks like a must-have for musicians, artists, hobbyists, and professionals alike. Called the Sensel Morph, early adopters call its user experience seamless, even though it’s capable of filling many roles. There are 10 unique overlays available for the Morph. These allow the touch-sensitive accessory to act as many devices. There is an overlay to turn the Morph into a keyboard, piano, drum pad, gaming pad, and much more. When you place one of the overlays on the input device, it automatically “morphs” into a MIDI controller, video editor, drum set, art tablet, keyboard, and more. The Morph offers precise tracking and high force sensitivity, while being able to detect any object or tool from a gloved finger to a paint brush. The Sensel Morph connects via Bluetooth LE, USB, and even serial port (with the optional Developer’s Cable).

Sensel Morph Is Any Artist’s Dream Tool