From Swiftkey to Swype, Fleksy to Minuum, there are hundreds of keyboards both on Android and recently iOS that look to make typing on a small screen an easier and snappier experience. Each have their benefits, and each have their takeaways. WRIO Keyboard is a new entry into this world of symbols and keys, and they’re looking for support on Kickstarter to get the app to you.
WRIO keyboard wants to make typing on a phone easier and faster by combining the use of large keys with gestures. The video above demonstrates how it works, but you can see in the image above what the keyboard looks like compared to a typical keyboard.
It is certainly a unique keyboard! But it seems like a keyboard that will become quick once your thumbs are used to the unique layout. What’s great is they want to build this based off of user feedback, which is a good thing to hear. However, they hope the
honeycomb-style of the keys and the layout will help make typing on a smartphone easier. The layout is based off the idea that those dark spaces is the natural place your thumbs go when at rest, so that no key is far from either thumb. What’s neat is that WRIO will learn your typing habits, and they say that the keyboard will adjust its virtual layer based on your usage. It also gets rid of some of the format keys by replacing them with gestures.
I guess we’ll have to wait and see what the secret feature is. In the meantime, check out the Kickstarter page to see what perks you’ll receive for supporting them, and the timeline they have outlined, which claims launch for Android in early 2016.