2019 / Media And Home Electronics / Phone and Other Communications Technology / Student

TypeCase

  • Prizes
    Platinum in Media and Home Electronics/Phone and Other Communications Technology
  • Lead Designer
    Dougie Mann
  • Project Link
  • University
    Royal College Of Art & Imperial College London

A keyboard that has just 5 buttons, rather than 50. Instead of typing each key individually, you press chords just like on a guitar. Built right into a phone case, it allows users to type without looking and with only one hand.

Designed with amputees and hemiplegics in mind, it simplifies a traditional keyboard down to a beautifully intuitive and effortless interaction. Furthermore it helps people with visual impairments to type and read: Typecase uses haptics in the buttons like a digital braille, offering a discrete alternative to the more stigmatising voice-to-text methods.

Photo Credit: Dougie Mann