Minuum Keyboard Coming for the Moto 360 is Revealed

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  1. dgstorm

    dgstorm Editor in Chief Staff Member Premium Member

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    A keyboard app for the upcoming Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch has been revealed. It's called Minuum Keyboard and it looks pretty slick. You can see a demo of it in the animated gif above. It's important to note that initially this is useless because Android Wear does not yet have text input elements built in without the use of voice; however, it's probable the functionality is planned down the line and this is simply Minuum getting ahead of the curve.

    It seems like an impressive and creative way to handle a keyboard on a round-faced smart device. What do you guys think?

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    Interesting concept. I saw another idea that had the letters in a ring all around the edge, and you rotated the ring to move the letter you wanted to the 3:00 position. Looked clumsier than this idea.
     
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    not sure how much ill use a kb on a watch but since I do not have one can not say. Guess it is good to have that option though. As far as kb I never saw minuum as a useful kb on my phone or tablet but I think it may end up being a perfect fit for smart watches.
     
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    I feel this is going to be a lot like the old T9 keyboards before smartphones. If it has good predictive text it may work for short messages.
     
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    I CANNOT WAIT to witness some fool with his wrist and fist inches from his/her face. Going both blind and crazy trying to hammer out a text message on a curved keyboard a quarter of an inch tall and just over an inch wide.
    Seriously... I use a smartwatch and I like my smartwatch, but typing a text? Really?! Not interested.

    Just pull your phone out and type. This is just the kind of bad idea that makes people say smartwatches are useless.


     
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    I think it's a cool concept.
     
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    Just wait, next we will have 6" screens on watches...and then they will come out with a smartbracelet because people need something on their other arm because lifting the arm with the smartwatch on it will be too inconvenient.
     
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    Wablets...I just copyrighted that name.
     
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    Nah.. we will never see a 6" Wablet. 5.5" will be the max.
     
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    I can see it for a quick text like "ttyl" or something but yeah if you have to type more than 3-4 words break out the phone.
    My fear is some ya-hoo trying to text on their watch and drive. Because you know it is not a matter of if but when someone decide to cause a pile up because he want to talk about what happened at a party.

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    Good point. We all know the texting and driving is illegal. Not to say that it's not being done. If these devices get the traction that the manufacturers expect, I'm sure the law will be amended to add these devices.
     
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    So, in essence, if they don't do things the way you do them, they are stupid? :blink: