NEW YORK, Jan. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- It was only a matter of time until someone finally came up with a workable tablet app for typing with one hand, replacing the two handed typewriter invented in the 1860s. The PawTab works by tapping any combination of fingers in one of three positions (front, back or off) – like playing chords on a piano. With five fingers there are 488 chords, many times those available on a regular keyboard.
The PawTab was an icon in the near-future political thriller, The Blue Folio, which delineated the generation born after the new millennium. A generation untethered from main-stream media, money politics and the thinking of older generations. The generation that demands a new constitutional convention.
"It takes about 10 minutes of practice to get down the alphabet," author Matt McMahon explains. "After that you can practice on any surface at any time." The full chord combinations and a video of the alphabet being typed is available on bleatOsphere.com, the author's blog (or bleat). When you learn the chords for one hand, you can easily use them with the other hand. Either way, one hand is always free.
Mr. McMahon has expressly placed the tablet app concept into the Public Domain so that it could be freely developed as Open Source. Only the chord patterns themselves are copyrighted to create a universal standard as the app is developed.
"I'm hoping that enough people show interest in the PawTab to entice app developers to make this a reality by the end of this year," Matt McMahon explains.
Black Ostrich Press is an independent publisher in New York City.
Matt McMahon is the author of The Blue Folio and moderator of the www.bleatOsphere.com blog.
SOURCE Black Ostrich Press