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New keyboards for thumb-typers, says YAS member

YAS member Per Ola Kristensson is in the news this week with a new keyboard layout which will make "thumb-typing" faster on touchscreen devices such as tablets and large smartphones.

The new system, dubbed KALQ, after the order the keys appear in the keyboard (in the tradition of QWERTY), allows people to thumb-type 34 per cent faster on tablets.

To create KALQ, the team used computational optimisation techniques, in conjunction with a model of thumb movement, to search among millions of potential layouts before identifying one that yields superior performance.

The news was reported by the BBC:

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