The KALQ keyboard, (dubbed after the order the keys appear in the keyboard, analogous to QWERTY), is a keyboard layout that has been developed by researchers at the Montana Tech, University of St Andrews and the Max Planck Institute for Informatics as a split-screen keyboard for thumb-typing, which is claimed to allow a 34% increase in speed of typing for the people who use touchscreen. KALQ was released as a free app, albeit a beta, for Android-based smartphones. Although the KALQ project received some buzz in tech media, as of early 2017, the latest public version is dated October 2013, and still labelled a beta.
- Dr Per Ola Kristensson; Fiona MacLeod (24 April 2013). "Thumbs up for faster texting". News issued by the Press Office. University of St Andrews. Archived from the original on 22 April 2017. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
To create KALQ, the team used computational optimisation techniques, in conjunction with a model of thumb movement, to search among millions of potential layouts before identifying one that yields superior performance.
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