November 25, 2014

Minuum brings circular keyboard to smartwatches

MOTO360

If you were ever curious about how you type on a smartwatch then Minuum gives an insight into how at least they envisage interaction with a keyboard.

They have today announced that the popular minimalistic keyboard Minuum is being developed for the circular watchface of the Moto 360, which is expected to be revealed at Google I/O in a few days time.

Fantastically, the keyboard follows the natural curve of the circular watchface, making it seem completely natural to the interface and very unobtrusive.

And here’s why the company feel like a smartwatch needs a keyboard at all:

Simple: as useful as voice recognition might be for some situations, it will always remain insufficient when it comes to noisy environments and private message replies. One of the best use cases of the smart watch is the quick message reply when in a meeting, or in class; and I’m sure your boss/teacher wouldn’t be too pleased with you talking to your watch. And don’t get us started on URL/password entry…

Thoughts?