Wayne Rasanen's Decatxt chording keyboard
may be new and exciting to him, and he says has a patent on it so apparently the USPTO
found it novel and original, but it's not the first chording keyboard
long shots. The idea has been around (at least) since 1968
. And let's not forget Braille
chording keyboards, as described in a 1992 IEEE paper
. And if you have an iPhone and want to experiment with a virtual Braille chording keyboard, there's an app for that
. Maybe we're just jaded. Or maybe we've known a lot of blind people who used one-handed Braille chording keyboards to type as fast with one hand as a sighted person using a QWERTY keyboard and two hands. So it's hard for us to get excited about a chording keyboard. Be that as it may, we wish Wayne Rasanen all the luck in the world as he brings his invention to market.