Inventor 'Improves' Touchscreen Keyboards With Triangular Keys
British inventor David Baker thinks outside the box. In this case, the box, or boxes, are the shapes on a keyboard. Baker envisioned a completely different look for those buttons -- one that he told Register Hardware will change the way we type.
Baker's patent-pending Crocodile Keyboard is a touchscreen keyboard that features triangle-shaped keys and, as a result, more space between them. The additional space, he says, will allow users to more easily hit the correct key.
Baker originally designed the Crocodile Keyboard as a physical keyboard for the Palm Pilot. With the release of the iPhone, though, he decided his design would be perfectly suited for that device's needs -- but only if it were fully integrated into the device's e-mail and texting features, rather than simply available as an application. This is much easier said than done. Baker would have to work directly with Apple and obtain the company's approval, which he told Register Hardware would be "very difficult to get."
While the Crocodile Keyboard does appear a little odd, we would love to give it a whirl. Baker's reasoning about the space between keys does makes sense. However, since it sounds like the invention's fate is in Apple's hands now, we won't hold our breath. [From: Register Hardware]