There'll be no thumb typing here
This video from the folks at Minuum shows off its innovative Android keyboard running on the Samsung Galaxy Gear. As a proof of concept, it's pretty cool, no doubts. But while it's awesome it can be done, is it a solution to a problem we don't have yet? And I'm not just talking about the fact that the Galaxy Gear isn't exactly widespread in its ownership.
One of the beauties of something such as the Pebble – of which we're big fans – is that it keeps us informed, but leaves the decision of whether to pull out your phone and action your notifications. With a way of hammering out full length messages, emails, tweets and so on on our wrist, temptation to just action everything may return. Just the same as picking up our phones every time the notification sound goes off.
Then there's comfort. Speaking personally, holding my arm up in a position to spend that amount of time interacting with a watch doesn't feel comfortable at all. In years to come, that may inevitably change, but it's not a natural position, nor a natural feeling interaction.
On the other side of the argument; it would be pretty awesome in something like a meeting setting to be able to discreetly fire off a quick response to some of the more urgent notifications while leaving your phone firmly out of sight in your pocket. And as far as keyboards for a small display such as this go, Minuum has to be up there with the best. The demo is surely carried out by someone proficient at using it, but it's still pretty impressive.
So, am I being too old-fashioned, too stuck in my ways, or do you follow my train of thought? It's absolutely awesome that these things can, and do exist, but are we in danger of creating solutions for problems we don't really have? Or creating problems just so we can have a solution? Let me hear your thoughts in the comments below!
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