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Introducing 8Pen, A Keyboard Looking to Change the Game

Yep, that shot above is of 8Pen, a new Android keyboard with a brave idea on how to change the way we type using our mobile devices and their small screens.  This new keyboard asks that you select letters by moving your finger into a certain quadrant and then rotating it around clockwise or counterclockwise until you find your desired result.  I know that makes zero sense, but when you see the video I’m sure that you’ll totally get it.   Totes McGoats.

Update:  We just heard back from 8Pen and it will be available tomorrow…

We posted it earlier today, it will be available tomorrow (11/2), roughly around noon European time.

Our thoughts?  We’ll see tomorrow when we finally get to test this bad boy out, but the overall idea of it is intriguing.

Cheers windexh8er!

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  • Gregory

    Wow. I tried 8pen, but it looks like it was conceived as a graduate student project in ergonomics. It is like learning how to type all over again; it might be a revolutionary way to type on a keyboardless device, but the learning curve is SUPER steep. I’ll stick to Swype, Swiftkey, and SlideIT–I keep bouncing back and forth between all of them because they each have features that I like and each irritatingly lack features that I need…

  • TexasS

    this is weird ;l

  • roccorc

    Yes yes Like it I can picture my self using this i mean come on! This is great lol youth are gonna put hands on this!!! I like i like!!!

  • Dshudson

    this thing sucks, i'll stick with swype

  • Jaydee56

    Available now….Costs $$$…..~$1.38…..bit of a learning curve…..ask me again in a few more days….

  • still waiting for release…..

    The video didn't make sense to me but I have high hopes it will rock. After paying too much $$$ for SlideIt I'm disappointed. I want a cross between SlideIt and SwiftKey (predictive)

  • My brain already hurts just from watching the video.

  • BeeJay

    This looks cool! Can't wait to check it out.

  • If anything, apps like this one are proof that Android's openness and mobility are driving innovation in the software HID space. I'll stick with SwiftKey though.

  • mastermind777

    LOL, I instantly thought of the Macbook Wheel:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BnLbv6QYcA

  • Chris

    this requires too much thinking

  • Kidsneak44

    Is it freeee

  • DeeMat

    I'm intrigued by it but not sure it would help me more than Swype. I guess I'll give it a try once it is available.

  • FrenchToast

    CAN I HAZ THIS PLS?!

  • Goatjello

    Or if you're a european i*hone user roughly around 11

  • Chris.Go

    Not for me.

  • I would say that If my screen were half the size, it might be a good solution. The Droid X is Landscape mode is 10x more friendly and 100x faster.

  • Thanks. Thanks a lot. I scrolled up…from the bottom of the page…and lost the game.
    It had been so long =[

  • El El Kool J

    Nothing wrong on giving this thing the old college try 😛 Post a vote in a few days from now so we can give it a whirl and than voice our opinions..

  • instead of “8Pen” this will affectionately be known as the “Brown Eye” keyboard!
    WATCH the temp. of my D1 rise, as I finger this…..keyboard!

  • the concept is new and will definitely see a lot of resistance from users who are primarily used to qwerty keyboads… I have a feeling though if if one goes thru the learning curve and picks up speed.. this keyboard will be a hit.

  • Ron

    I'm not convinced that this could possibly be faster than Swype, but I'm reserving judgment until I can try it out for myself.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    jump to 1:10 .. the opening is a waste of time

    • r0landct

      Agreed, I had to skip ahead because I was about to say screw it. Terrible into.

  • LobbyDizzle

    I don't know anyone who types with their one pointer finger. I hold my phone with both hands and crush it with my thumbs. The only reason I hated swype was because I felt slowed down only using my one finger.

  • Dakinclark

    Gay

  • Matthewrcoates

    I like the idea of stepping outside the norm as well as the fact that this doesn't require your absolute attention….i will def give it a try…..may the best keyboard win!

  • 11knives

    Humm… Maybe – Maybe not

  • scoobymystery69

    does your goatse vibrate lolz

  • kimir

    looks familiar, ahh yes. its the nexus one logo with a black circle in the middle. how original

  • Drew_VA

    I love me some swype, but this looks very interesting. I especially love the gestures. I send a lot of short messages frequently, so the ability to create simple gestures for that is interesting. This and the new swype (as long as it includes a microphone key) coming out soon is awesome

  • julipsydreams

    swiftkey ftw

    • angermeans

      Yes! I have tried all the keyboards out there and the HTC keyboard is great, but I always go back to SwiftKey as it just works better.

  • Pandemic187

    Am I the only one who thinks this seems similar to using a rotary phone? And rotary phones are new and upcoming technology, of course…

    • Powerstream

      The circle is complete.

      • Tergiversator_Maximus

        Oh the punnage!

  • This looks cool, and I'll give it a shot tomorrow, but doesn't even come close to the awesome powers of BlindType. Now that's a keyboard worth switching to.

    • I so agree! I'm still waiting for it to be released. It will be the king of all keyboards.

  • skltr21

    seems like that just would take forever to type something. it seems like it would be quicker to just try and touch the “g” key or whatever and if you miss it try again…….. seems like you could miss it a couple times in the time it would take to make a “g” with this thing.

    • Pandemic187

      Highly doubt it's faster than Swype.

  • Katie

    def worth a try but i think ill end up sticking with my Swype!

  • Eric

    WTF!

  • Reminds me of the old school Palm Gestures – You literally had to do an hour of practicing to remember all the gestures.

    • Josh

      I remember Palm Gestures. Wow what a waste learning that.

  • Mth2134

    I really like the concept. “Mimics natural handwriting” is a great concept. But how come Gesture search doesn't make a keyboard that is ACTUALLY like hand writing? Draw an A. Draw an N. Draw a D. AND. With one fingure? Just wondering….

    • Mth2134

      Finger. Sorry. Speaking of typing. Lol!

  • rals

    seems like it might take longer than doing swype. Still interested in checking it out!

  • I really want to try this and get good as using it just to strip it down to just the circle like they showed and really wow my friends haha

  • fallenshell

    Although i am loving swype, i say sign me up to give this a spin! I think with a bit of practice this could be faster for me… I miss a lot with swype and the standard keyboard…

  • superchachi

    I gave MessageEase the college try, I'll certainly give this a whirl. But why can't I help but long for what it looks like Blind Type will be able to do?

    • Majestepic

      i just thought i should tell you its messagEase. i searched for like 5 min before i decided to google it and come up with the proper name…ill tell you how i feel about it soon

  • Interesting, for sure. I'll give it a try tomorrow.

  • Michael_NM

    KeyBORED…

  • I think it's a great idea, and I think if you threw that on a device and handed it to someone who had never used a mobile keyboard and taught them from scratch, it would be really easy and intuitive for them. But I probably won't be using it, because I'm already programmed for tiny qwerty keyboards, and swype is about as revolutionary as my brain can process.

  • wcburleigh

    I have been having a long passionate love affair with Swype, and have a difficult time imagining making a switch. Although I do think I will at least give this a try. It is a really cool concept and I think it will be fun to try, but it looks like a whole lot of mental effort.

  • KleenDroid

    My initial thought is sheer terror! Having to learn yet another way to type…. but I have got to give this a try! Who knows, this may end up being amazing!

  • Josh

    I'll give it a try. Don't worry, SWYPE, I have my doubts…

  • bkj216

    Looks interesting, but I won't judge it (positively or negatively) until I can use it for myself

  • John

    cool concept but i don't see this taking off. people don't like a massive change, unfortunately

  • Me

    A keyboard that looks like goatse? Really?

    • Guest

      Why did you point that out?! It’s all I’ll ever see, now!

    • Guest

      Why did you point that out?! It’s all I’ll ever see, now!

    • EC8CH

      and you want me to put my finger where?

  • Goose

    X marks the spot?

  • Risenequinox

    First? looks pretty cool

  • Finire

    Another new keyboard? Stop revolutionizing and just fix already,

    • kellex

      I think that's the point. 😛

      • Finire

        True enough Kellex, and if I were a bit younger and less used to what I already am, this might be the perfect thing for me. But as I switch between phone and computer frequently I rely on a keyboard that can be used in both.

        Something like this may be perfect once tablets become a viable desktop replacement though.

        • You realize that you don’t use just one/two fingers to type on a full size laptop/desktop keyboard, so the technique required for smartphones and laptops/desktops is quite different? It’s important for these kinds of input method “disruptions” to come out as, eventually, someone will come up with a keyboard that has the best of everything.

    • EC8CH

      It's not revolutionary until a*ple starts selling it anyways.

      • Anonymous

        It actually kind of reminds me of the MacWheel (if you haven’t watched that Onion clip, do yourself a favour and go YouTube it).

      • Anonymous

        It actually kind of reminds me of the MacWheel (if you haven’t watched that Onion clip, do yourself a favour and go YouTube it).

      • fallenshell

        Thats when it becomes magic! lol