Chorded keyboard for touchscreens

For over a hundred years, good typists didn’t ‘hunt and peck’ but instead relied on keeping their fingers on the home row. This technique relies on physical buttons, but with on-screen keyboards used on tablets and other touch screen devices touch typists have a very hard time. [Zach] is working on a new project to bring a chorded keyboard to these devices called ASETNIOP.

Instead of training a typist where to place their finger – the technique used in most other keyboard replacements, ASETNIOP trains the typist which fingers to press. For example, typing ‘H’ requires the typist to press the index and middle fingers of their right hand against the touchscreen. In addition to touchscreens, ASETNIOP can be used with projection systems, Nintendo Power Glove replicas, and extremely large touchpads that include repurposed nooks and Kindles.

If you’d like to try out ASENTNIOP, there’s a tutorial that allows you to try it out on a physical keyboard as well as one for the iPad. It’s a little weird to try out but surely no more difficult to learn than a Dvorak keyboard.


  1. Mike bradley says:

    More advanced typist, multitask their fingers. Faster to move whole hands and cross

  2. Aprone says:

    This reminds me a lot of typing on a brailler.

  3. Willy says:

    I wonder if this improves typing speed at all?

  4. Argh! says:

    The Backspace pinky index finger stuff… it doesn’t work!

  5. tzar says:

    I’m a dvorak typist and I will definitely not be trying this – once was enough lol. Learning dvorak has been pretty amazing for my typing and typing speed, no regrets there! As far as touchscreen input goes, swiftkey has been pretty amazing I’ve found – I can just spam the screen without discrimination and type really fast and accurate.

  6. Isaac says:

    Why don’t we have a little regression and start doing morse code? Each finger could be assigned its own stream, and whichever started first would appear first on the screen.

    • n0lkk says:

      You just described a memory keyer. While not a Morse forever extremist, I keep coming back to Morse for modern devices. A Morse to text App and a simple push button key slipped into an USB port. Combined with a text to Morse App playing Morse through the speaker you could text, and drive without a LEO ever knowing. I read where the old timers texted and drove without a rash of accidents, but then there where fewer texting back then.

  7. jimmythecow says:

    anyone remember the chorded keyboards setup that you insert your fingers in an press up, down, or out in diff sequences to create certain typing speed.

  8. n0lkk says:

    I’d have to think over time a person would become fast enough using touch screen keyboard using one or more fingers. Not applying for a typing pool job fast, but fast enough for what devices that use touch screens are typically used for. Not sure why any chording method would have an advantage when using touch screens. Wouldn’t one still have to hold the finger off the screen while being required to hit a target, al be it this method target clams area that is more forgiving.

    • mr Braun says:

      The main reason would be touch typing, now you can just hover the hands above the tablet, but you don’t have to look at the keys and awkwardly position them. Its quite convenient actually if you think about it .

  9. Snooper says:

    The only problem I’m having with this at the moment is that the graph telling me which keys are which is annoyingly split across the screen and not in a format that would make it easy to learn what combinations are what.. Maybe displaying it in QWERTY/DVORAK based upon the users preference would be better.

  10. knightvoyager says:

    nothing beats Swype on touch screens, no joke,
    I can type probably half as fast with Swype as opposed to a real keyboard.

  11. Joe says:

    Still not buying the touch screens are great for typing. Recall that slamming your fingertip into a sheet of glass is still far less forgiving than into a spring loaded key. Further, as mentioned above, now you’re hovering over the screen with all 10 fingers trying to keep them close, but not too close to the screen. Finally, either your screen is at a vertical angle, putting your wrists at notable discomfort, or it is lying flat on the table, putting you’re neck in pain.

    Computers for real work, tablets for reading/surfing folks.

  12. Josh says:

    So does it make music or something? Are you describing a “chord” of fingers required to make a letter? Perhaps you mean “corded” instead?

  13. One day the bodies of these freelance hackaday editors will be stacked up like chordwood

  14. niggy jr says:

    Josh, think about it. “Chorded” means, like on a musical keyboard, pressing more than one key at a time. LIKE A MUSICAL CHORD. So no, not “corded” instead.

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