Input method on a tablet

So many rumors about the Apple iSlate touchscreen tablet lately. I thought about it tonight, and I believe that the only way to make the default input method acceptable in such a large device (in landscape mode) is to create something like the following image (excuse the bad graphics please):

For the vertical mode the device might just have the right size (or not) to type with both thumbs without having to break the virtual keyboard in two. However, the “right size” can never be as good as adjusting the size of the virtual keyboard, since all people are different.


Yanni wrote on December 28th, 2009 at 9:25 AM PST:

This is a great idea. I keep wondering what would make this better then a laptop, because of the keyboard situation you’d have to set it down to use it anyways. This would clear that up.

Jason Seaver wrote on December 28th, 2009 at 10:49 AM PST:

PERFECT! This would be a great solution, hopefully the engineers are on the same page. Almost as genius as the song My Kapowski by Def Karaoke Jam.

JrezIN wrote on December 30th, 2009 at 3:25 AM PST:

This is basically Microsoft Origami concept. google for it.

h-munster wrote on January 1st, 2010 at 4:48 PM PST:

You’ve got hidden talents!

However, JrezIN is correct — Microsoft beat you to it:

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Eugenia wrote on January 1st, 2010 at 6:20 PM PST:

>You’ve got hidden talents!

Thx, but it’s not hidden. I’ve worked as a UI designer for a while, when I was in UK. I’ve mentioned that a few times on OSNews over the years.

>Microsoft beat you to it

All I see in the video is that it has a split keyboard like my design above. But I saw no indication that the keyboard is a vector that can be resized to fit individuals’ needs.

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