Good article, thanks for posting. MIT Tech Review is an excellent publication.
Classic Qwerty makes each letter with one finger, and gives you a tactile payoff when you type it.
This has unique benefits that resonate for human writing, and that’s why the Qwerty paradigm is so durable.
That’s the function TextBlade preserves, and what users like about it. TextBlade doesn’t try to replace the qwerty, it builds upon it.
The other schemes don’t do that.
Some use multi-fingers for a single letter like twiddler or the tap gloves.
Most give up tactile confirmation of a good entry - like glass keyboards, projection keboards, camera vision keyboards, or wearable gloves. All of these sacrifice the feel of a successful entry.
They all break the essential proprioceptive feedback loop - the muscle memory connection. That’s why even after decades of offerings, none of them have gotten traction to challenge Qwerty touch typing.
TextBlade is very different from the rest. It takes what we love about Qwerty and distills and strengthens its most powerful essence. One letter per fingerpress, but with even better tactile feel, while simultaneously reducing needless work and stress.
It does this with an instrument that’s even smaller and more convenient than any of these other schemes, and works universally across all our devices.
A lot of smart people have tried to build a better keyboard, but generally don’t embrace the indispensable requirements necessary to advance the paradigm.
TextBlade blends the best of the precedent with what is now possible with new technology.
When you do this right, people find it preferable to their legacy hardware. That’s what we see playing out now with users.