Text messaging is fast replacing talking as the preferred method of human dialogue. Yet, despite developments like predictive typing, tapping a message into your mobile phone remains a cumbersome, time-consuming process.
Thankfully, the carpal tunnel inducing joys of tripple tapping could soon be a thing of the past, with the imminent arrival of mobile phones that give each letter and number its own key.
Invented by former Apple designer David Levy, Digit Wireless’ Fastap keyboard integrates an alphanumeric keyboard in the same space taken up by a standard mobile phone’s numeric keypad.
The letters on the keypad sit on small raised buttons between the larger number buttons, but the company insists that despite the size of the keypad, the device is incredibly easy to use.
Digit Wireless is now talking to phone manufacturers and hopes to see Fastap keypads on sale by 2003.
It is also hoped that the innovation may help halt the invasive appearance of numerals in the middle of perfectly acceptable words. Gr8 news for any lover of the English language.