Could HERO Replace QWERTY?


In 1873, when the original QWERTY layout was invented, it was created with a very specific purpose: the typewriter. The original QWERTY layout was designed to have letters commonly written together spaced further apart, so that as users of typewriters were busy mashing down keys, they avoided the mechanical problem of having metal keys too close to each other causing a jam.

A lot has changed in the 142 years since the invention of the QWERTY layout, with the most notable change taking place in the last decade. Since the introduction of the smartphone, much of our daily typing is now done using our thumbs. As a result, any time savings gained by the QWERTY layout, which is meant for ten-finger usage, is completely lost.

Taking into account that mechanical factors have been eliminated from our mobile typing, industrial designer and UX specialist Corey Stone has re-invented the keyboard in a way that supposedly makes it easier to type – with just two fingers. According to his research, nine keys are used 80% of the time, so in Stone’s new keyboard, the HERO keyboard, those nine keys most commonly used keys are placed adjacent to each other and rendered larger than the other letters, and are placed in the center of the innermost circle of his layout, which is arced to complement the movement of human thumbs.

While the HERO keyboard takes a bit of getting used to, it does get easier and easier to use with practice and time. The App, which is currently available for the IOS platform via the Apple App Store for a mere .99, still requires some development, including the integration of spellcheckers and the automatic keyboard shortkeys that many users have gotten used to over time, it is a huge leap forward in ergonomic design.

Watch it in action below.




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