200px-Kbeq6.jpg There is no need to buy a smart phone with a full qwerty keyboard if you have EQ3. EQ3 transforms any phone with a regular keypad into a smart phone, by squeezing a qwerty keyboard onto a regular mobile phone keypad. Eatoni does this compression very carefully to get the maximum value out of each of your keystrokes. The result is a huge improvement over the old-fashioned predictive text systems youre used to.

The trick behind the EQx series of keyboards is to extend the work done by the original designer of Qwerty, Christopher Latham Scholes. As everybody knows, Scholes was looking to reduce the collisions between typebars in the first typewriters. He found he had to move some letters around so that frequently used pairs of letters were on opposite sides of the type basket. Similarly, the EQx series groups Qwerty letters together on keys so as to reduce collisions between words. Anyone who has used predictive text on a telephone keypad is familiar with the phenomenon. For instance “smirnoff” and “poisoned” are typed with the same sequence of keystrokes so that someone trying to write “go get smirnoff” will write instead “go get poisoned”, which may not be the party invitation intended.

With the EQ3 keyboard, this sort of collision occurs about 1/3 as often. With the EQ6 keyboard, it occurs 1/60th as often.

The advantage of reduced ambiguity is not just that collisions are reduced. Combined with proper software, one can use these keyboards to correctly type words the system has never seen, and without adding them to a user dictionary.

[via eatoni ]