Current version supports input using on screen keyboard. You can also use Bluetooth keyboards and with (battery) powered USB hub can also use USB keyboards.
Near computer can also use networking over Bluetooth or USB and then ssh into device or run X11 programs remotely and thus use whatever input possibilities other computer supports.
For further predictive text input information see: Predictive text wikipedia
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New input methods
- Dvorak layout -- basically a 'skin' for the existing on-screen keyboard with a different key mapping
- Another text input
- Dasher (Wikipedia link): A side-scrolling probabalistic text entry method that's well suited to stylus use. One disadvantage is that it makes little use of muscle memory so you need to pay close attention to the screen while entering text. An advantage is that it is not limeted to english text, but can be used with any language/alphabet. A video presentation is also available
- Finger splash (Idea presented on Openmoko community mailing list)
- HexInput: A keyboard-style input method optimized for stylus use.
- MessagEaseST (YouTube demo)
- Morse Code
- Quikwriting (Prototype, YouTube demo)
- Shape Writing
- Werner Almesberger's finger input suggestion (Draft layout as pdf Prototype)
- Danzeff Keyboard A Keyboard designed for PSP, using the analog-stick
- Keypad - drawing letter shapes on a 9-way keypad
- Sidebar input - using multiple taps at the left and right endge of the screen
Patented input methods
- EdgeWrite, a unistroke character/word input method (reminiscent of Palm's Graffiti)
- Fitaly Keyboard
- Input method used by Garmin (Maybe patented?)
- T9 See http://www.tegic.com/about/patent-list.asp for legally addability for users in some countries.
Text input method surveys
Here are some surveys / overviews of text entry methods that I turned up using Google:
- Text entry A web page with a survey of text entry methods by John Williamson
- Poika Isokoski, A Minimal Device-Independent Text Input Method, has a chapter listing existing approaches ca. 1999
- Trevor's Trinkets, Five Finger Keyboards
Other ways to enter text
- Once there is hardware with multi-touch screen support, gesturing with 2-3 fingers might offer interesting possibilities.
- Use voice to dictate text
- Use Optical Character Recognition and Barcode Recognition on an image that exists on the file system or via a picture that has just been taken (even if it is a temporary picture only for this purpose).
- Dutton Speedwords
- I thought long and hard how to make a keyboard fit on the Neo's screen with keys big enough for fingertips. My idea was to split the keyboard in half similar to how a Natural keyboard does, and use the Aux button to switch between the current displayed half. I will prepare a sample when I have time.
Interesting hardware input devices
- Credit-card sized bluetooth keyboard (Note: apparently supports only Bluetooth Serial Port Profile and not HID; supportable, of course, perhaps using existing user space daemon kbdd Link Fixed)
- Bluetooth laser virtual keyboard eventually could be built into the phone once more miniaturized.
- Freedom Mini, apparently not manufactured anymore but still sold and works out of the box with Bluez' hidd. Has a spring-loaded hinge for squeezing a phone/PDA against the keyboard; seems like a Neo could attach nicely but don't have one to actually test. --Mjr 10:30, 15 May 2007 (CEST)
- experimental ring-mouse
- Livescribe's smartpen; could act as touchscreen pen + laser + regular pen + "intelligent" pen + OCR device. See this blog post.
- Logitech diNovo Mini With backlight, blutooth, dual-purpose ClickPad, Dimensions: 152 mm by 90 mm by 27.5 mm (cover closed) (5.98-inch by 3.5-inch by 1.08-inch. Linux driver status unknown