10,000 Indiegogo supporters first to try one-dimensional, virtual mobile
TORONTO, June 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Whirlscape Inc., creators of Minuum, "the little keyboard for big fingers," today released the Android beta
to the nearly 10,000 supporters who funded the keyboard's wildly
successful Indiegogo campaign.
The Minuum Project campaign raised over $87,000 (USD) through the crowdfunding platform between March and April 2013,
well past its initial goal of $10,000. Whirlscape promised to release
the hotly anticipated Minuum beta two months after the campaign, and
has delivered on that promise.
Minuum is a tiny, linear, one-dimensional touchscreen keyboard that re-imagines the standard
QWERTY layout. It frees up mobile screen space while allowing fast,
accurate typing. This touchscreen keyboard marks the first phase of the Minuum Project, which seeks to simplify typing on mobile devices—such as smartphones
and tablets—and enable typing for wearable technology. The beta release
is an important first step towards Minuum's "type anywhere" future.
You can view a short Minuum hands-on video, released by Minuum today: http://youtu.be/dZh8r-xErGE
"It's thanks to our amazing campaign supporters that we are here with
our first Minuum beta," said Will Walmsley, CEO of Whirlscape. "We're very excited to release the Minuum keyboard
to our community, who've been so encouraging and enthusiastic from the
very start. Keeping our promise to release in June was very important
to us, so the last two months have been all about working toward
Due to its Indiegogo success, Whirlscape also plans to release a wearable development kit (WDK) later in 2013, empowering others to easily create custom
keyboards on any variety of devices and surfaces.
"Feedback from our supporters is a crucial next step in developing
Minuum," said Walmsley. "Their experience with the beta will determine
our direction as we make Minuum even better for a wider public release
based on this user trial."
Ranked by number of funders, the Minuum campaign is in Indiegogo's top
10 of all time—and number two among all technology campaigns. Over 1.1
million people worldwide viewed Minuum's teaser video, and the keyboard earned coverage in more than 150 media outlets,
including TechCrunch, Huffington Post, and Mashable. Those who missed Minuum's Indiegogo campaign and wish to try the
keyboard's future select beta releases can sign up to receive news about Minuum's next phase.
Visit the Minuum website for an FAQ covering the most common questions about the Minuum keyboard project.
Background information, technical details, photos, product
specifications, and more details about wearable technology can be found
About Whirlscape Inc.
Based in Toronto, Ontario, Whirlscape is a Canadian high-technology
start-up with roots in human-computer interaction (HCI). Its product
offerings address typing errors in widespread applications like e-mail
and text messaging (SMS), initially through alternative keyboards on
Android devices with planned extensibility to other platforms or OEM
devices. Founded in June 2012, Whirlscape received seed funding from
the University of Toronto Early Stage Technology (UTEST) program and MaRS Innovation. Whirlscape is engaged in developing fully-functional Minuum keyboards
for Android, incorporating touchscreen entry and motion-controlled
modes. The company is also prototyping wearable typing devices to test
its technology to its limits.
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SOURCE: Whirlscape Inc.
For further information:
Technology journalists: Minuum's Android beta version is available. For beta access, or to set up an interview, please contact: Maria Lioutaia, firstname.lastname@example.org, +1.647.406.0297.