Some time ago, I read an article about Dasher or an old all-in-one overview, which I found extremely cool. I searched this wiki for Dasher and didn't get any hits. Has anybody thought about it for the OLPC?
- Existing devices for communicating information to computers are either bulky, slow, or unreliable. Dasher is a data entry interface incorporating language modelling and driven by continuous two-dimensional gestures, e.g. a mouse, a stylus, or eye-tracker. Tests have shown that, after an hour of practice, novice users reach a writing speed of about 20 words per minute while taking dictation. Experienced users achieve writing speeds of about 34 words per minute, compared with typical ten-finger keyboard typing of 40-60 words per minute.
- Although the interface is slower than a conventional keyboard, it is simple to use, and could be used on personal data assistants and by motion-impaired computer users. Dasher can readily be used to enter text from any alphabet.
You can give it a try from your browser here. Since it can use any two-dimensional pointing device (the OLPC's cursor control buttons maybe), kids would be able to 'type' even when the laptop is in eBook/play mode! --Xavi 12:09, 12 December 2006 (EST)