In the pursuit of happiness, we turn to keyboard and home launcher alternatives. There is certainly no shortage of both buried in forums and the Play Store. Finding them on the other hand can sometimes be a trick. While many of us stay true to our favorite like, FlexT9, Swype or Swiftkey, it is always fun to see what others are doing. A new Irish start-up has just launched their take on a keyboard to the Play Store. The use of the term radical in their email to us is an understatement.
The keyboard looks like nothing you have every installed or used before. It gives your onscreen keyboard a layout that resembles a Bumble bees butt with wings sticking out, as you can clearly see in the image. Which coincidentally is their mascot, a bee. It offers all the keys necessary to type, navigate and adjust your message. With a more radical design and layout that would take some time getting used too. They say that “Testing shows that the new keyboard’s efficient alpha-character layout can be memorised in as little as 10-20 minutes.” With major location changes for the keys, like the spacebar being the yellow button in the center, I can see a learning curve that might be a little too high. Having all the needed keys located on one screen could be helpful though. I can see this being a good fit for trials on a tablet, but fitting it on a smaller device screen might make the keys too tiny for an average user to use it effectively.
To kick things up a bit though, they are also looking to make a real life version of the keyboard too. With ergonomics at the focal point as well as speed, the physical keyboard version is an interesting concept and would sure throw a wrench in to the mix of things. While this design and concept is in its infancy, you can see what they are hoping to accomplish below.
As for the app? It is currently available for you to pick up in the Play Store for $1.92 with no free version or trial version to tryout first. For the brave and those looking to try something new, feel free to pick it up via the QR code located below. It supports English, French, German, Italian and Spanish languages with key layouts to match. To find out more information about BeeRaider as whole, or to get involved in feed back, check out their website at BeeRaider.com.
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