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We’ve seen motion sensing keyboards like the LEAP and Magic Cube, tactile 5-finger keyset devices like the Amenbo and Jellyfish and even foot switch input devices, but we have yet to see a minimal 10-button touchscreen keyset… until today. ASETNIOP (pronounced a-set-ni-op) is the creation of Zack Dennis and, as you’ll see, reduces the massive complexity of that chunk of plastic under your hands to a few on-screen commands.


ASETNIOP is so simple it makes me want to pry all the keys out of my keyboard and us them to make archaic looking crafts. If ASETNIOP catches on, that’s likely what will happen around the world. ASETNIOP was created to make touch-typing possible without the need for a visual interface or tactile feedback other than the feel of your fingers jabbing a surface.

Like other analog keysets, it uses combination of keys to provide the full alphabet-numeric characters and symbols. Being digital, it has additional features that set it apart. With the touchscreen version, you can autofill, auto-crrect, create shortcuts or even make it completely transparent so you’re able to see everything on your screen–granted your massive hands are not covering it. The app is currently available for use with a regular keyboard or on an iPad with more options coming. Here’s the demo video of just what it’s like to use it.

Pretty slick. It’s also being used to break a Guinness World Record for typing. ASETNIOP is available to try for both tablets and with traditional keyboards (see the links below), and is intended to be available for the LEAP (mentioned earlier) when it ships in 2013.

iPad version – Tutorial
keyboard Version – Tutorial

Excited about this? With Windows tablets here, I’m anxious to see what new input devices will be coming out. This is a promising first look.

Filed under: TECH

  • Random observation, but the voice over is fantastic!

  • Pixar2319

    After two hours; I have all of the letters down. Pretty neat stuff!

  • Josh M

    Excited to try it with the LEAP.

  • Josh M

    Nothing like a good voice over, I always say.

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  • J

    Would be awesome for programming if it had cords for things like { } [] _# but other wise basically useless for programming even though it is very intuitive … I’m a hunt and peck guy and I picked it up very quickly without looking. I use combo keys all the time in programing and you could create copy, paste, save and even macro cords. But the cords would start to get complex.

  • This is retarded nobody is gonna give a shit spending the time to learn this keyboard layout

  • Chris Clark

    And written for the iPad? You can’t even replace the keyboard there. At least on Android we could use it in other applications. You can even make an invisible screen overlay to take the input, and automatically work with every app out there.

    I don’t know why all these companies make these nice new keyboards in an OS that will never let them use it. At least make your prototype on Android, since it supports custom keyboards, then it can be used in a real life situation. You could even sell it in the Market.

  • Zack Dennis

    There’s a way to flip over to a numbers and symbols layout (http://asetniop.com/about.html#numbers). But it would also be possible to have a “programming layout” where instead of using the stenographic combos for words, you could use them for useful programming symbols and macros. For example, you could have the first first three fingers (pinky, ring, middle) code for {, and the opposite (right middle, ring, pinky) codes for }. There’s…let’s check with the old permutations calculator…56 possible 3-key combinations of the original 8. So plenty of options.

  • Andy

    The thing is, people where saying that about the QWERTY layout. This is the future.

  • Andy

    Now we can just hope for a physical version!

  • J

    I didn’t see the numbers lay out but yes I was thinking like 2 on one side and the modifier on the right between the different symbols … Would be nice to have in a physical key pads too … So when is the hardware going through kickstarter? 😉

  • m0skit0

    Doesn’t work for Spanish keyboard… Ñ is not recognized as key 🙁

  • bens

    I don’t know where you came up with the QWERTY story, but don’t make up stories please.

  • Ash

    Why would I want to type… ON my screen… it looks like your fingers start to cover up what you’re writing at times 🙁

  • I wish the left thumb was backspace. I love the left hand backspace/delete and right hand space/enter layout of the kinesis advantage, super intuitive.

  • Jan

    Tried the tutorial and I was surprised it went a long way towards the required skills. But: it seems to tire on the fingers! Temporary?

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  • Droidoboi

    Seriously though.. iPad? With Android tablets this could actually be functional, today.

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  • Tito

    this is pretty cool. just tried it.

  • Anchpop

    What happened to 8pen?

  • Josh M

    Availablity for Android is about it. Not much news since it deputed. Harder to use?