"Why not a super-chorded system: binary. Just have 10 buttons and you can have a nifty palette of 512 key combos"
As mentioned in the article, The winnebikeo uses four sensors/buttons on each handlegrip to type "in binary" - that would be 7 bits of ascii code and a 'send' key. 8 fingers, 8 bits, nice match, huh? That way the thumbs can still be used for changing gears, whatnot.
Why not learn ascii / binary and type with that? I like the idea and it is kindof appealing (in a wannabe ubergeek kind of way), but I can think of a few reasons why not:
ascii is made for machines. there is some logic to it, but for a text input interface for fingers and human minds, it's not the best. A well thought out system oriented around language patterns and the human mind would be much easier, efficient, more accurate and probably faster. Of course, if you really wanted to you could type like hell on binary. If you really wanted to, you would be an astronaut, too.
"More" can be done with "less" -- look at the bat keybaord -- 7 keys, one for each finger and 3 for the thumb. It might be cool, but a conventional keaboard with 512 keys would be a bit impractical.
For one handed typing (like on a cellphone, yeah, ahem) a binary system would give you only 5 bits, giving you just 16 characters plus a send key. doesn't quite cut it.
There are a few nice things about typing in binary, I admit -- lowercase letters are 32 decimel numbers higher than their respective capitals, wich means one key would act as a "shift" key even in binary - nifty. Check out Daniel Kohanski's The Philosophical Programmer, I do remember him talking about this kind of stuff (but coming to similar conclusions as I do).
neural interface? it's coming -- but I still put it on the list with antigravity, AI, and nanotech -- nifty SciFi, but I'm not gonna hold my breath. But, I may be wrong.
One big input device and lots of little daemon devices taking care of small tasks without me having to directly work with them? Bluetooth. Great. How big of a keyboard and display do you want to lug around? Given the proper interfaces, your 'control center' could easily fit in one hand, with a display, and 80wpm. Why lug around a keyboard if you don't have to?
No, I'm not gonna walk around the city with HUD and neural interface strapped to my head.
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