Touchscreen keyboard research?

5 Nov 2008 - 8:44pm
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Billie Mandel
2005

Question 2 of the evening: has anyone done any comparative user research yet on different layouts for touchscreen keyboards on mobile phones? I'm just not convinced that the metaphor translates for a QWERTY keyboard on a one-hand device with no actual buttons. Will probably do said research myself if none of you lovely people has taken it on yet. Thoughts?

Cheers,
- Billie

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6 Nov 2008 - 7:08am
Ali Naqvi
2008

http://www.mobiletextinput.com/Product/ThumbKey/ThumbKey.php

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6 Nov 2008 - 10:55pm
Kunal Kapoor
2007

Billie,

While I have not been involved with different layouts for touchscreen
keyboards, foillowing is what I have done, and was interesting.

I was working with the FreePad research group - using fingers to write 'text
messages'. We did a study to compare the performance with users using the
T-9 mode to type messages on a mobile phone.

Some really good outcomes were -

- Most users found using 'fingers' to 'write' messages 'NATURAL' and SIMPLE
- Using FreePad was not good enough in terms of providing feedback to users,
about the words being misspelled, etc.
- Users felt with practice, their 'speed' will be much better
- Female participants, with fingernails, actually did worse (in terms of
recognition of the words scribbled) on FreePad mode

Sincerely,

- Kunal.

On Thu, Nov 6, 2008 at 7:14 AM, Billie Mandel
<billie.mandel at purplelabs.com>wrote:

> Question 2 of the evening: has anyone done any comparative user research
> yet on different layouts for touchscreen keyboards on mobile phones? I'm
> just not convinced that the metaphor translates for a QWERTY keyboard on a
> one-hand device with no actual buttons. Will probably do said research
> myself if none of you lovely people has taken it on yet. Thoughts?
>
> Cheers,
> - Billie
>
> *******************
> Billie Mandel
> Director, User Experience
> Purple Labs S.A.
>
>
>
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