For mobile keypad designers the task to design a mobile phone keypad that is efficient (e.i. the task completion is quick), effective (a number of errors per task completion is low), and provides a high level of customer satisfaction is not a simple proposition. However, with the number of Short Messaging Service communications growing as fast as three hundred and seventy five percent per year designing a highly usable keypad is a critical task. Only remember boring numerous pressings on phone keys to tap out a message - a wish to write memoirs disappeares without a trace.
The mobile keypad system is invented to obviate difficulties of typing, making this process easier and more comfortable. With the help of a mobile phone data keypad you can send even more text messages. The Digit Wireless, inventors of the new leyout, claims that typing a text message with the novel keypad is twice as fast as other methods. The traditional 12-number keypad has been redesigned to give every letter and number its own key. The design fits twenty six letters of the alphabet, the * and #, ten numbers, three punctuation keys, a space bar, a shift and a delete key into an area no longer than one-third of a business card.
The Digit Wireless founder David Levy (a former head of ergonomic design at Apple), invented the Fastap keyboard. It gives each letter and number almost as much space as those on a computer keyboard. Each letter sits on a raised bump and numbers are written by pressing the four letters surrounding them. Although the letter bumps are individually small, as they sit between the larger number keys, there is enough space to ensure that pressing one does not accidentally include another. David Levy says the vertical and horizontal separation meant that the area available for each key was almost the same as on a standard computer keyboard. Numbers are typed by pressing the four letter keys surrounding each numeral. Although many phones try to speed up message writing with software that predicts the word being written, the Digit Wireless claims the Fastap is even quicker.
LG Electronics was one of the first companies, which released mobile phone, integrating a Fastap keyboard. Based on a CDMA 800/1900 MHz, LG-5450 handset was the first mobile phone of the company, which integrated a miniature alphabetic keyboard wedged in between the regular numeric keypad. The company stated that the Fastap keypad allows a more user-friendly approach to a keyboard input for communication via email and Short Message Service.
The Fastap keypad is popular with mobile network operators, who are keen to get customers spending money on data services, such as picture messaging. A unique Mobile keypad System with an in-built data cable is available for Siemens mobile phones. The System also integrates J2ME applications for GPRS communications and text editing and reading software. The Mobile keypad System for Siemens mobiles is a kind of a 'mediator' between a mobile phone and a computer keyboard. Mobile keypad represents a microcomputer, transforming keyboard signals into a logically correlated sequence of phone operating functions.
Sending messages by phone shows no sign of losing its popularity. The Forrester Research studies predicted that Europeans will be sending seventeen billion messages per month by 2007. While many of these will be the old-fashioned text messages, Forrester predicts that new message types that let people include images and sounds will also gain much appeal.
If you value your time and health, if your computer cannot be available when you need it - a mobile keypad will be there for you to help, making your everyday business life more comfortable.