New typing system offers an alternative to QWERTY

ASETNIOP is a modification of the QWERTY typing system. It relies on chords — using multiple fingers at once — to get the complete alphabet, rather than having a separate key for each letter. The chorded method does away with the traditional style and essentially turns the entire touchscreen into an invisible keyboard.

This seems like it would take a bit of coordination, but ASETNIOP claims to be user friendly. There are eight primary keys representing each finger. To get the other letters, the eight primary keys are combined into pairs to form chords. There are 28 chords in total — 18 for letters and the remaining 10 for punctuation.

But why should we use this method instead of the QWERTY we know and love? Well, the answer is pretty intriguing. With traditional keyboards, we are all taught to position our fingers on specific "home" keys (you know, ASDF on the left and JKL; on the right). Using touch screens, it's very difficult to know where your hands are positioned so you have to watch your hands instead of the screen. Here's ASETNIOP's solution:

ASETNIOP is designed to move beyond this limitation. The basic question that drives the process for existing keyboards and keyboard replacement methods is "where is a finger being pressed down?" With ASETNIOP, this question is changed to "which finger is being pressed down?" In other words, the user only needs to concentrate on the action of pressing a specific finger down, and the actual location where the finger makes contact is no longer a determining factor.


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