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Minuum shrinks all the letters of a keyboard down into a single row of text. This is potentially convenient for smartphones, but the learning curve alone is enough to push some users back to alternative options. Yet for smaller devices where a full-size keyboard is downright unwieldy, Minuum is uniquely situated to step in and scratch that itch. The app has now come to Google Glass, but unfortunately, this looks like one of those itches you don't want to scratch in public.

The team has developed versions of Minuum that works either by touching the Glass touchpad or moving your head subtly, with the idea behind the latter being to essentially let you look at the letters you wish to type. The developers are also exploring the possibility of tracking eye movements directly, following a motion-sensing device such as a ring, or using keys overlaid onto your arm or another surface. Quite frankly, I'm not sure any of these options will look any better than tapping away on my temple like I'm sending a telegram straight into my brain, but then again, I'm also not someone who's ready to wear Glass in public either. I'll let you cooler kids be the judge of this.

Source: Minuum

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • MattEden

    To be quite honest if they're wearing Glass they already pass that requirement.

    • Nathan Borup

      lol... my thoughts exactly

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      AP confirmed.

      • MattEden

        I think it would really add to the journalistic integrety of the site if you force all Glass owning AP writers to video themselves using the Minuum keyboard and post the results. For uh, science.

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  • hhhh

    UYay letthe Google glass hate wankfest begin

    • Mike Reid

      I don't have Glass and may never.

      But yeah, I think many people who grew up with "normal" smartphones and keyboards end up thinking the "new stuff" is "stupid".

      Used to be that talking into a "4.7 inch monstrosity" of a phone looked "stupid".

      "Stupid" is as stupid says...

  • aatifsumar

    As a proof of concept, that is quite awesome. if you can project onto your hand, can't you also just project a full sized keyboard and swipe away?

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I approve of this headline.

  • frafri

    How do I get this to work with G-Glass ? xD

  • Matthew Fry

    Minuum has been the best return on investment of any campaign I've supported. With the slide in panels underneath and the full size keyboard for typing new words, it's hands down my favorite keyboard. I'm confident they'll find a way to type on Glass that doesn't make you look like a moron.

    • primalxconvoy

      They have. It's called "using a smartphone that's paired with Google glass".

      • Matthew Fry

        And what exactly is the benefit of "using a smartphone that's paired with Google glass" that cannot be performed by "using a smartphone?"

  • GraveUypo

    oh, right. glass exists.

    the few embers of interest i had in this have long grown cold and gray.

  • Godspoken

    I don't think it really looks stupid. Better than going all Joaquin Pheonix and talking obnoxiously out loud to your earpiece.

  • Danish Prakash

    i like that.

  • Mystery Man

    Was this a joke? I watched the video and am still not sure...