Dryft Solves Tablet Keyboarding

Have you ever tried keyboarding on a tablet by touching the screen? It’s awful. That’s because the tablet’s touch sensors are being utilized. So, any touch to the screen causes letters to be typed. It doesn’t work. It’s the reason we go from natural typing skills to uncertain and unsuccessful pointer fingers tapping. The best approach has been to add a keyboard as an accessory. But shouldn’t tablets travel light? Adding accessories to a tablet to make it more like a laptop will have you returning to your laptop or desktop for keyboarding. Well, maybe that will change with Dryft (pronounced drift).

Dryft is a keyboarding solution that not only uses a tablet’s touch sensors, but its accelerometer as well. This dual-touch approach recognizes the difference between touch and typing. What’s amazing is that the keys actually form around the user’s fingers, so you don’t have to feel the keys. But you can actually rest your fingers on the home keys on the touch screen just like on traditional keyboards. Dryft could make keyboarding on a tablet an effective work and school option. It will certainly have you reconsidering the purchase of another device just for typing purposes. If you can do word processing successfully on a touch tablet, a lot more of us will carry them exclusively. If you’ve never learned how to type, Dryft works better for the hunt and peck crowd, too, for all the same reasons. The education ramifications are enormous. Tablets are less expensive, and there would be no additional purchases of noisy and unresponsive keyboards.

Ken Royal

Ken Royal is an educator with 34 years of classroom/school and instructional technology teaching experience, as well as a blogger on all things education and education technology. Teaching accomplishments include: 4-time district teacher of the year, Connecticut Middle School Teacher of the Year, as well as Bill and Melinda Gates award for Technology School of Excellence. He is an Education storyteller. Follow @KenRoyal on Twitter.
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