Tech Week Ahead: Touch Screen Keyboards

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Steve Henn looks ahead to a new touch screen keyboard developed by researchers at the University of St. Andrews. Melissa Block and Audie Cornish have more.


From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.


I'm Melissa Block. And it's time now for All Tech Considered.


BLOCK: First in All Tech, a quick look ahead to the keyboard market. Researchers in Scotland, at the University of Saint Andrews, have developed a new touch-screen keyboard for small, handheld devices.

STEVE HENN, BYLINE: It's designed for thumb typers.

BLOCK: That's NPR's Steve Henn. Move over, QWERTY. Here comes KALQ. That's K-A-L-Q.

HENN: It breaks the keyboard into two groups. The left side has, like, 16 keys. The right side has 12 keys.

CORNISH: According to the report, KALQ allows a person to thumb type more than 30 percent faster than the old QWERTY setup. The keyboard will be available as a free app on Android.

Now, if you'd rather not text at all, there's hope.

HENN: Samsung is apparently working on some sort of ski hat that will actually read your thoughts, so you don't even have to say anything.

CORNISH: You just have to wear a ski hat.

BLOCK: And that's our quick look ahead with NPR's Steve Henn.

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