Anonymous said: This looks great; any word on an android version?

The patent and design filing is taking longer than expected. Without them, my investors aren’t willing to find the full project. I have plans for an android version with full system integrations, multiple languages and typing settings once the funds are available. Thank you for your enthusiasm as it helps me to get the funds.

Anonymous said: Cannot get the keyboard to appear for typing. Why? I am using iPad2 and iOS 5.1

Could you clarify the issue?  Are you attempting to use the keyboard on other apps or is the app just not working?  As of now, and for all keyboard apps, the “HansOn One Handed Keyboard” is a stand alone software that doesn’t sync with the iOS system.

This is another original version, and possible “color” change option for future updates.  The Korean letterings are placed on the similar concepts of the English version.  Consonants on the outside and the vowels (most of them and the most frequently used) in the middle row.  Given most languages have a similar ratio of vowels and consonants, the keyboard design can handle most if not all languages on the similar concepts of the patented system of lettering.

This is another original version, and possible “color” change option for future updates.  The Korean letterings are placed on the similar concepts of the English version.  Consonants on the outside and the vowels (most of them and the most frequently used) in the middle row.  Given most languages have a similar ratio of vowels and consonants, the keyboard design can handle most if not all languages on the similar concepts of the patented system of lettering.

This is a model of the QWERTY setup I had originally designed for as an option awhile back.  As is in the current version, most of the symbols are there, minus the ones I already had omitted and was planning on having as function button to pull down a full list of symbols.  Also the Korean letters are based on the QWERTY setup of a Korean keyboard.  The total amount of keys is what makes this design fully functional in any configuration and languages.  As the patent holder and creator, I can modify whatever is needed for end users.

This is a model of the QWERTY setup I had originally designed for as an option awhile back.  As is in the current version, most of the symbols are there, minus the ones I already had omitted and was planning on having as function button to pull down a full list of symbols.  Also the Korean letters are based on the QWERTY setup of a Korean keyboard.  The total amount of keys is what makes this design fully functional in any configuration and languages.  As the patent holder and creator, I can modify whatever is needed for end users.

Reviews from iTunes. Everyone Thank you for your reviews!

Cool idea. - ★★★

"Try implementing a typing tutor game for training. Allow the keyboard to be enlarged."

Very good - ★★★★

"It’s good but it takes some getting use to. I wish that there were better customizations like placing the back-space in a difference place, my pinky is kinda hurting right now. Overall it’s well thought out but could use some improvements and a bit of time for those who really want to use only one hand."

Super - ★★★★★

"Die app tut genau das was sie soll."

Good concept but doesn’t really work - ★★★

"It’s a nice idea but the keyboard is somewhat cumbersome. Also it takes longer to type with because I can’t find the letters :S"

Not ready for prime time - ★

"The keys are not very responsive and are too small for the claim of "5 finger typing". If you rotate the keyboard to get a better angle, you have to resize the keyboard to be even smaller if you want to keep the keys on the screen. On top of that, it takes up 70% of the screen real estate as it is and is more intrusive than the standard keyboard. I like the idea, but this app is not ready for prime time."

Quiet concept of mobility? - ★★

"Mute? Really? But overall an interesting idea. Sadly, keys don’t always register a tap and it tends to crash."

The HansOn Keyboard has just been approved by Apple and is now available for DOWNLOAD!

Everyone please download it and test it out.  Please be aware of the current issues as described below, as they will be fixed in the next version update.

Thank You for your support and interest!

HansOn Keyboard User’s Guide

The HansOn One Handed Keyboard was created to allow all five fingers to be used for typing.  Its customizable for both right and left handed users as well as for any size hands.  Being able to type efficiently and comfortably is the heart of the design and function.  Adjustments should be made based on the comfort and ease of use while holding the Tablet PC with the free hand.

The App is a stand alone program and does not sync with the iOS keyboard preferences.  Make sure to use the COPY button to copy all the texts to transfer onto the desired app.

**The default size and angle are ideal for the average hand size.  One can always go back to the default setting in the “Setting" menu by pressing "Reset”.**

1. Tap on the “Setting" button on the top of the screen or directly from the "Setting" icon on the keyboard if you wish to customize the keyboard interface.  Otherwise start at #3.

2. Adjust to desired size, position, angle (make sure when adjusting, that your hand and wrist are aligned with the keyboard while on the “home keys”) and left or right handed use.  One should be able to spread their fingers out completely and be able to tap the SHIFT key with the thumb and simultaneously the ^ ~ \ Key  with the pinky finger comfortably.  Make sure to leave at least 0.5cm of space from the keyboard to the edge of the screen.

3. The “Home key position" are:

Thumb: SPACE button

2nd,3rd,4th,5th digits: Spread along the middle row from E to “." keys.

4. The letter placements are based on the “frequency of letters used” in the English language and finger dominance and comfort.  Those being, from most to least used: “e t a o i n s r h l d c u m f p g w y b v k x j q z

The outer and inner rows consist of consonants while the middle row has the vowels in a simple AEIOUY configuration.  70% of the most frequently used letters are near the index and middle finger position.

5. The center four buttons consists of:

*LEFT and RIGHT arrow keys

*COPY all button to copy all the texts

*HIDE keyboard icon to remove the keyboard from the screen. Tap the                screen to have it reappear.

6. The Clear button clears all text on the screen.

7. The Fn key is color coded to correspond with the symbols on the keyboard.

PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!  The HansOn One Handed Keyboard is easy to use, but like any other data input devices, practice is needed to become proficient.

KNOWN ISSUE: DO NOT REST YOUR PALM ON THE SCREEN WHILE TYPING. This will cause incorrect letter input.

The App has been uploaded for Apple Dev review!

The App was uploaded for review today.  Should take about a week for the process to be completed.  Again the App is free, so have fun testing and using the product.

**creator’s note**

I realized there are four significant symbols that are missing (#, $, % and &) from the keyboard.  There are space for the symbols, however due to time constraints and the desire to keep the user experience comfortable, the spaces that could allow for the other 4 symbols were omitted from the Fn combination key sets.  However upon reflection, such factors doesn’t help to make the keyboard fully usable.  I will include those symbols once the review is finished ASAP.

Thank you for your understanding.

Screenshot of the HansOn Keyboard directly from the iPad.

Screenshot of the HansOn Keyboard directly from the iPad.

Updated version.  Added Pinch Adjust options and many other features.

Full description of the HansOn (한손) One Handed Keyboard

When the iPad was first announced and launched by Apple in April 2010, I saw it’s potential for the future of mobile computing and the computing trend for the coming decade.  As I looked into the device, I noticed a problem that seemed to be obvious to me but not addressed by a company that is so bent on innovation and simplicity.  Apple was still using the QWERTY keyboard system even though the concept of “mobility” is mute once you have type on the screen.  The screen and keyboard size made for an inefficient way to input letters/words.  One is either rendered to typing with one finger while still holding the device, or having to put it down and then type with both hands.  This negates the whole concept of “mobile efficiency”.  The QWERTY keyboard was never meant to work on a touch screen PC, nor is it ergonomic enough to be even a useful option for most users needs.  One is rendered to 10 words a minute when carrying the device.

I saw the opportunity to change this and maybe help to fill in the void of a useful typing system for large mobile devices.  With my medical and ergonomic systems background, I came up with some designs that may work for the tablet PCs.  It took me a little more than 7 months of research, development and testing to get to my final version.  As I was designing this system, I realized the keyboard layout could also be effective as a physical keyboard for the handicap and other industries that require a one handed data input system, ie gamers, automobile, military, etc.  Basically any industry that requires either hand being functioning independently.  The focus of the design is to let people type with one hand ergonomically and efficiently.  There is minimal wrist movement and the shape of the layout is made to mimic the out stretching of the hand.  The physical keyboard layout is capable of “touch typing”.  Like any input devices, some practice is needed to type fast and accurately.

They key layout was systematically placed based on the “frequency of letters used” and finger dominance placement.  70% of the most frequent letters used are placed near the index and middle finger position.  The vowels are in the middle row in a simplistic AEIOUY setting.  This system also works for most other languages, having the consonants on the outer and inner row, and having the vowels in the center row.  The functions keys of SPACE, SHIFT, RETURN, ALT/CTRL/Fn are strategically placed based on both frequency of use and key combination usage.  Any other position would lose the ergonomic use of the keyboard(excessive wrist contortion).  The system is intuitive and easy to learn, even for the tech ignorant population.  All of these designs and settings are created 100% by me.  There are no keyboards like this anywhere.  There for I had to patent the design and function.  The QWERTY keyboard is over 150 years old.  It’s outdated and useless for the mobile PC community

Current and future Options for the keyboard:

1. COLOR CHANGES(not current)

2. SIZE CHANGES

3. LEFT/RIGHT HAND

4. ANGLE CHANGES

5. POSITION CHANGES

6. QWERTY(dvorak option possible)  SETTING(not current)

7. LANGUAGE CHANGES(not current)

8 ADVANCED SETTINGS (option to place keys in different positions. not possible for the iPad but can be for the Android)(not current)

9. COPY ALL button

10. LEFT and RIGHT arrow keys

11. Hide keyboard button

12. 9 Key mini board (not current)

13. Complete symbols sub keyboard (not current)

Due to the fact Apple will not let developers sync a custom keyboard to the system OS, this current version is a stand alone application.  Any typing that is done must be copied and pasted onto the app in which one wants to use it for.  The Android version will be synced to the system and there by being usable on any application that requires keyboard data input.  As of now, the current version is for marketing purposes and to see if Apple will change their mind regarding “system block” on this application.  Wish me luck and spread the word!  Download it if you have an iPad! :P

This is a shot of some of the current options for the keyboards.  The downloadable version will have pinch size options and pinch rotations.

1. Change size.

2. Change angle.

3. Change position.

4 Change from right handed to left handed keyboard.

This is the beta version of the One handed Keyboard I have patented and created for the iPad and later on for the Android Tablet PCs.  I have tentatively named it “Hanson”, pronounced “han sone” in Korean, or “Hans on” in English phonetics.  It literally translates to “one hand” in Korean. Also it can be translated to “made in korea” when using chinese characters.  As for the english phonetic, “hands on”. :P  A bit on play of words.

It’s 90% done and will be uploaded to the iTunes store by the end of this week.  It’s free to download and test.  The Final version will have many other options and better features, including other languages.  The Android version will be created when more interests and investments come to my way.  However, this version is mainly for marketing purposes.  Enjoy this demo if you have an iPad.  Feedback would be of much help.

editors note: Since Apple refuses to allow modified keyboards to be system connected, the current version is a stand alone application.  Any typing that is done must be copied (a feature will be on it to allow for “copy all”) and placed onto the application that it is meant to be.

How I see the universe and life.  The quote is from me :P

How I see the universe and life.  The quote is from me :P