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A gestural, chorded keyboard - bringing back tactility to smartphones.

TypeCase is a gestural keyboard that uses ‘chords’ of button presses, built right into your phone case. Heavily driven by inclusive design principles, TypeCase reintroduces tactility and feedback to phones, allowing users to operate their smart devices without even looking and with just one hand.


Although initially designed for amputees and hemiplegics, this concept extends to the blind by providing them with a novel physical typing mechanism, using just 5 buttons. Reversing this interaction, one can even read by touch using miniature haptic motors. This concept also has the power to reduce repetitive strain injuries, speed up text input, and rethink how we control our devices.

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