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Dasher Demonstration


Dasher is a one finger user interface that allows text entry without a keyboard.

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  1. Found the real website and downloaded it for Win7, it’s really awesome! It feels a lot like a video game, which is a good thing 😛 Makes writing more fun!

    I also found the Android app! Search „Dasher“ on the market, it’s free! It’s a bit harder, but it works exactly the same way.

  2. Yea I already thought of that after I made the post. Ppl could write words if they’re paralyzed from the neck down as they could write words by controlling a device with their mouth.

    However, I’d just prefer voice 2 text.

  3. Try to think outside the box.

    What if you had no thumbs? No fingers? Dasher would become a viable solution for people who are handicapped and are forced to use their eyes/tounges for GUI interactions.

  4. Interesting concept. I wonder how does it compare with the touch type typing though. The muscle memory really takes off after a while which lets people really blast off their wpm count but this method will always depend upon the alogorithm used and your ability to recognize the next alphabets/combination that you want.

    Eitherway, its an interesting concept.

  5. Okay, so how does he type now, Retrogamer500?

    And it was more of a general statement, using a widely known figure to illustrate a point that not everybody can type–but everybody can look with eyes onto a screen. And they have eye-tracking software, so use that with this and you should see my point.

  6. Maybe for you, but what about Sir Hawking?

    Instead of taking HOURS to write out words, he can spend minutes writing out things.

    How about on my cellular phone? Why do we need all of the physical keys to write out short sentences?

    Think outside the box.

  7. keyboard is better because it uses muscular memory – so You don’t think about next letter it’s impulse.
    this is better because it guesses what i might mean with XY probability.

    good metaphore though 🙂 nice job

    have You tried it with impaired people or with trackball/touchpad tribe

    mine few cents::
    I presume You delete letter by moving before that line …

  8. what is the probability the guess is correct ? I undestand there are some impossible permutations of letters in language and after some prefixes …

    letters won’t be at the same place next time … isn’t finding letters rather slow – there are 26 letters
    I see You helped it by doing „fisheye“ but still there are 26 letters

  9. I agree – I don’t think it will replace the keyboard on a computer. However, have you ever tried typing on an iphone? A dasher interface there could work really well, as you pretty much need to look at the screen all the time there anyway, and you have limited space for the keyboard.

  10. Interesting concept, and was fun to try it. However, while the use of keyboard can become an unconscious act for skilled typists, the Dasher-method can not, based on the fact that it’s impossible to know what you’re writing without actually looking at every single letter you’re typing. Thus, I doubt that it’ll ever replace the keyboard. I acknowledge its potential amongst people with certain physical impairments, though.

  11. Keyboards are inefficient? Perhaps, but how is this better for the average user? 35WPM is dismal. With further improvement of Dasher, what kind of rates do you hope to achieve?

    It seems to me that Dasher is inefficent because it requires you to constantly look at the „keyboard“. Also, you can only move towards a single character at a time whereas with a keyboard your fingers can be moving to the next few keys simultaneously.

    It’s great for accessibility purposes though.

  12. One of the most promising aspects of Dasher as a new entry metaphor is that it is not dependant on fine motor skills. It’s being strongly promoted in cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and similar conditions to allow people a means of communication even under extremely limited mobility. As the video noted, all it takes is one finger, and many advances are also being made to allow responsive communication even just with eye movements… It’s pretty fascinating that it’s come so far already!

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