University of Alabama researchers create a glove that allows one-handed typing, offering a solution for those with disabilities
Today, just about every smartphone, tablet and computer have some variation of a QWERTY keyboard. Considered the easiest way to communicate via electronic devices, this system has been adapted by most everyone. Its versatile design definitely does simplify the typing process, however, QWERTY keyboards do have their drawbacks.
We all know how hard it can be to walk and text at the same time, especially one handed. Introducing the Gauntlet glove (Generally Accessible Universal Nomadic Tactile Low-power Electronic Typist), University of Alabama researchers aim to revolutionize the typing process, eliminating many problems that QWERTY keyboards present. The Gauntlet glove features a built-in one handed keyboard that could completely change the way we communicate.
Led by Jiake Liu, researchers pinpointed the most commonly used letters in the English alphabet, assigning them the most natural of hand movements. Letters that were used less frequently were given more complicated gestures. Liu explains:
It’s basically a keyboard on your hand, you, by tapping your thumb on each segment of your fingers, type to the screen basically. And you can do a swiping gesture that would erase it.
Transmitted via bluetooth, the glove’s signals are transmitted to a small printed circuit board built into the fabric and then sent to the device Gauntlet is connected too.
Currently, University of Alabama researchers are seeking a patent to complete the product and bring it to the marketplace. Liu and his team believe their device could be put to use by disabled users, gamers, military personal, and of course, the day to day smartphone user.
Check out the video below to see the glove in action: