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When we first laid eyes on Minuum back in mid-March, it was love at first sight (for me, anyway). A touchscreen keyboard that only takes up one row sounds like an absolute godsend. Personally, I instantly threw money at the screen so I could get early access to this little gem – that was the first day of the company's Indiegogo campaign. During that day, it blasted past its original $10,000 goal, proving that my desire for this fantastic-looking piece of software to come to fruition was shared by many.

Here we are some 30(ish) days later, and the campaign has come to an end, raising an amazing 873 percent of its goal. That's a total of $87,369. Wow.

This means not only did Minuum reach its original goal, but also its stretch goal, allowing the company to begin working on the WDK (wearable development kit) to bring the keyboard to all sorts of other tech, including smartwatches, Glass, game controllers, and more.

The first Android beta of Minuum is set to be delivered to backers sometime in June of this year, so expect a full hands-on shortly after it hits. I already can't wait to give it a shot.

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Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Ed Williams

    Pretty awesome.

  • Christopher Saylor

    And we don't even know if the thing works for a damn.

    • Phill_S

      It should be much easier to get working than a slide keyboard

      • http://www.facebook.com/courage.wolfe Raymond Wolfe

        I've never had a problem with slide keyboards on the g1 or g2, but problems abounded on the screen keyboard for me, on those and going all the way to the nexus 4. Swype is marginally better than the native app but can take a couple minutes to load. The native app launches fine but doesn't handle actual typing very well.

    • jenesuispasbavard

      This is exactly my problem with supporting "projects" on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. All most people have is a proof of concept (sometimes not even that, just a promise).

    • Freak4Dell

      Shh...don't let Eric hear you.

  • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

    I hope it works. I'm pretty excited about it.

    Also Cameron, don't take these corrections the wrong way, I just want to help out this site so it never reaches Phandroid levels of annoying grammatical and spelling errors:

    "A touchscreen keyboard that only takes up one row sounds like an ABSOLUTE godsend."

    "Personally, I instantly threw money AT the screen so I could get early access to this little gem"

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      I actually fixed both of those right after the article went up, but forgot to hit publish. /facepalm

      • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

        It's all good brother. that's what we're here for, some good ol crowd sourced proofreading lol

  • http://android.bswireless.hr/ Dražen Klisurić

    Another keyboard relying heavily on word prediction - which just does not work for my native language :(

    • Omar Aniff

      You should change your native language

      • http://www.thebiglistofpubs.com/ Bibowski

        Are you Steve Jobs?

    • omegavesko

      Eh, I don't really care that much. I just use MultiLing for when I need to type Serbian. I'd use something like this when typing English.

    • mesmorino

      Why doesn't it work for your native language?

      • http://android.bswireless.hr/ Dražen Klisurić

        I guess our grammar is more complex then english grammar. For example, this is word "book" in different cases: knjiga, knjige, knjizi, knjigo, knjigom... And all is different if it is plural :-( I tried swype and it tries to guess but it just doesn't work, at least for me.

    • fikus011

      SwiftKey Dražene ;) ,try it out it does have our language too.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    From looking at it i wouldn't be able to get a single word right... so no thank you

    • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

      Lol. That's what Luke said before he got schooled by Yoda.

  • http://www.facebook.com/buddhaflow Sasha Shepherd

    I didn't like this when I first saw it. On second glance, it's much more appealing.

  • fonseca898

    Is it just me or does every Kickstarter and Indiegogo video feature subjects using exaggerated hand gestures. My biggest pet peeve....

  • porter86

    As if they need that much money to make a keyboard..

  • Major_Pita

    Looks interesting. I wonder what sort of hit the phone takes performance-wise.

  • spydie

    I see this working like Flesky. I'm a beta tester and while it's very good at putting in the correct words even if you don't hit any of the right keys, it's terrible when you want/need to type specialty words like passwords and it keeps filling in its best guess with no way to make it remember the one you want. I invested in this one too, and will be beta-testing it, but after using Flesky, I'm already anticipating its lack of customizability.

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