The DecaTxt keyboard replace a full-size keyboard with ten keys in about the size of a deck of cards, operated with one hand, using a technique called chording (pressing more than one key for some keystrokes). It connects wireless with Bluetooth 4.0 to many mobile devices and computer systems, including iOS, Android and Windows 10, providing remote user control. It was designed as assistive technology to provide an easy way to text and type while mobile, without looking. The DecaTxt changes the paradigm of where “keystrokes are found” to “how a keystroke is made”, using a few simple presses of your fingertips and virtually no travel time between keys. Every letter, number, symbol or function of a typical laptop is available without scrolling, menus, or repeatedly poking a button. Simply press and release the keys for the keystroke you want. Color coding of keystrokes are provided on the device to aid in learning the system without the need to carry instructions. Simply press the key(s) colored like the symbol plus the key adjacent to it. Black symbols are single press keys. Vibrations alert you when changing modes to caps lock or number lock and a single vibration when returning to normal mode.
DecaTXt lets you type one-handed, left hand or right so you can keep your other hand free. This is a safer way to text or type mobile because you don't need to look away and poke at tiny keys on a glass screen. You can even type with your hand in your pocket so no one can see you taking notes or making things happen like magic! Use it to search in the dark on your TV for shows and pause them when they play. Take a break from your desktop and write code from your recliner or record your dreams in bed. DecaTxt is ideal for taking inventory, controlling PowerPoint, and game changing for those with limited vision or mobility issues. DecaTxt uses the patented IN10DID typing system that makes all letters a single press or simple thumb shift. Pressing both thumbs makes the next letter uppercase. For complete instructions of all keystrokes, watch this 3 minute video on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lld1y8PnNjI DecaTxt redefines the 19th century old desktop QWERTY keyboard for the much more mobile 21st century and is the first step in evolving where the keyboard can be.
Text on the go with your phone safely tucked in a pocket while you keep your eyes on more important things!
Search for shows on your media center or Bluetooth TV, no more scrolling and clicking on a virtual screen that takes forever!
Take notes on your waking thoughts and dreams while you are still in bed or surf the web with your hand by your side.
Take a break from QWERTY, after nearly 150 years, you know it must be tired! Touch-typing is now at your fingertips so that you can text safer and watch where you are going!
Describe your product in 3 words.
Wearable, Keyboard, Accessibility
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
I heard the stories of how QWERTY was designed to slow typing so mechanical hammers wouldn’t collide and thought it’s insane to continue using this system. I thought about the problems of cramming so many keys onto tiny mobile devices and how easy it was to press the wrong key. I thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t need to move your hands to type?” And that is when I had my eureka moment. We have ten fingers, two of them opposable thumbs. There are 26 letters in the alphabet so if we make a single press count for 10 letters, use one thumb as a shift with the eight forward fingers to make 8 more letters and the other thumb as a shift for the last eight letters, we can type the whole alphabet without moving our hands! The DecaTxt is the culmination of many years redefining how it should work, even if you only have one hand.
What makes your product special?
We address the human element of ten fingers to provide what we believe is the easiest and most flexible chord keyboard typing system ever developed. Some other chord systems use as few as 6 keys, requiring more keys be used for simple keystrokes. Some have as many as 20 keys, making their system too complex for beginners. Our system can be used anywhere your fingers can press, in a pair of gloves, on handle bars, on a game controller, even an ATM could become a computer terminal with everything you want for a password. The DecaTxt address a need for people who can’t see and don’t like touch screens; for those that lack mobility or are bed ridden; those with limb loss or stroke victims; and all of us who don’t touch type because the old system (circa 1869) doesn’t make logical sense. People are texting on their phones and not watching where they are going, causing accidents and more legislation against technology. I believe that technology can be the solution and hope that DecaTxt can help lead the way and make texting safer.
What has been the best part of your startup experience?
Bringing something new to the market is exciting. I love meeting lots of people and showing them what I’m doing at maker fairs and at conventions. Watching their faces light up when they get it and hearing them say “Wow!” I know that taking on the QWERTY keyboard is probably the hardest thing to do considering how many have failed but people don’t go to Mount Everest for the view. It is the challenge that makes it worthwhile and knowing that my efforts may help others with their challenges, compels me to go forward. I hope that I can make a difference in people’s lives but at the end of the day, at least I know I tried.