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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Computer Keyboard, Software, and Gloves for Learning Touch-Typing", for Approval

June 19, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventor Szent-Miklosy, Istvan (New York City, NY), filed on November 26, 2013, was made available online on June 5, 2014.

The patent's assignee is Telefirma, Inc.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "This disclosure relates, generally, to methods for learning to touch type and apparatus for practicing same.

"Would-be touch typists who are new to using a keyboard, knowing neither the positions of the various keys, nor the correct finger to use to press each key, and who also have not yet developed the fine-motor skill with which to make the movements required for keys that need the fingers to be extended from their resting positions, for example Q, and Z, face an array of challenges in acquiring the skill of keyboarding. The complexity of this skill is sufficient that it typically takes a young person two to three years of training and practice before reaching a reasonable level of accuracy and speed.

"Conventional wisdom and practice hold that a typing learner should at all costs not look at the keys on the keyboard, but rather only at the text to be typed, be it on screen or paper. This notion has been carried so far by some as to actually hide the student's hands under cardboard boxes, to enforce compliance with the idea of not looking at the keys. Yet other methods discourage looking at the keys by concealing the letters from the keys' faces. Such methodologies serve to hamper and otherwise inhibit the initial acquisition of typing by learners. What is therefore needed is an apparatus and a method for using same that increases the speed and ease with which a learner can learn to type."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "In accordance with an exemplary and non-limiting embodiment, a method comprises providing a keyboard comprising a plurality of keys each encoded with a color and enabled to be individually indicated, providing a first glove and a second glove each glove comprising a plurality of fingers wherein each of the plurality of fingers comprise a finger color, displaying a text to be typed via the keyboard and indicating one of the plurality of keys corresponding to a next letter in the text to be typed wherein the encoded color of the indicated key corresponds to a color of a finger of one of the first glove and the second glove for engaging the indicated key.

"In accordance with another exemplary and non-limiting embodiment, a method comprises displaying a virtual keyboard corresponding to a keyboard and comprising a plurality of keys each encoded with a color and enabled to be individually illuminated, providing a first glove and a second glove each glove comprising a plurality of fingers wherein each of the plurality of fingers comprise a finger color, displaying a text to be typed on the keyboard and illuminating one of the plurality of keys of the virtual keyboard corresponding to a next letter in the text to be typed wherein the encoded color of the illuminated key corresponds to a color of a finger of one of the first glove and the second glove for engaging the illuminated key on the keyboard.

"In accordance with anther exemplary and non-limiting embodiment, a computer readable medium contains program instructions wherein execution of the program instructions by one or more processors of a computer system causes the one or more processors to carry out the steps of displaying a virtual keyboard corresponding to a keyboard and comprising a plurality of keys each encoded with a color and enabled to be individually illuminated, displaying a text to be typed on the keyboard and illuminating one of the plurality of keys of the virtual keyboard corresponding to a next letter in the text to be typed wherein the encoded color of the illuminated key corresponds to a color of a finger of a first glove and a second glove for engaging the illuminated key on the keyboard.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF FIGURES

"FIG. 1 is an illustration of a keyboard in accordance with an exemplary and non-limiting embodiment.

"FIG. 2 is an illustration of a pair of gloves in accordance with an exemplary and non-limiting embodiment.

"FIG. 3 is an illustration of an alternative glove configuration in accordance with an exemplary and non-limiting embodiment.

"FIG. 4 is an illustration of a virtual keyboard in accordance with an exemplary and non-limiting embodiment.

"FIG. 5 is an illustration of a letterless mode of operation in accordance with an exemplary and non-limiting embodiment.

"FIG. 6 is an illustration of a hardware configuration in accordance with an exemplary and non-limiting embodiment.

"FIG. 7 is a flowchart of a method in accordance with an exemplary and non-limiting embodiment.

"FIG. 8 is an illustration of a keyboard skin in accordance with an exemplary and non-limiting embodiment.

"FIG. 9 is an illustration of finger superimposition on a virtual keyboard in accordance with an exemplary and non-limiting embodiment.

"FIG. 10 is an illustration of a computer screen in accordance with an exemplary and non-limiting embodiment.

"FIG. 11 is a flowchart of a method in accordance with an exemplary and non-limiting embodiment."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Szent-Miklosy, Istvan. Computer Keyboard, Software, and Gloves for Learning Touch-Typing. Filed November 26, 2013 and posted June 5, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=4192&p=84&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140529.PD.&OS=PD/20140529&RS=PD/20140529

Keywords for this news article include: Software, Telefirma Inc.

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