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Talk through your hand! Look crazier than someone with a bluetooth headset. Sound transfer through bone conducting speaker!

JesterType: "Gesture" based keyer

This was a preliminary/learning project for the my greater goal of building an interface technology that is more efficient than traditional keyboards

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Your favorite dancing arcade game, on a mobile device? Yes please.

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haydn jones wrote 06/09/2015 at 20:44 point

Hi Paul, Thanks for following. I had been trying to find you for the last week.  I had a suggestion made to me recently for my Braille keyboard/computer which seemed ideal for you. They suggested that i make the keyboard feedback 'Braille' through the keys, it didn'tt fit with my project, but you have all the hardware already :)

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Paul_Beaudet wrote 06/09/2015 at 21:16 point

The concept would work in a couple of conditions. One being that the feedback is responsive enough. The other being that the output needs to be consolidated / compressed in such a way that it would mimic how it feels to read at usable speeds. Both these things are true whether the output mechanism is in the keys or otherwise. Braille sheets and traditional displays meet both of these because the braille is already there and the readers fingers can be made to move over the braille as fast or slow as desired at -> ANY <- given moment. As an example an individual would read the word "as" or "because" much faster than "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" by a magnitude of time difference. In an active systems it is hard to determine the speed the reader desires. Anyhow I would be happy to help if I can, and am up for skype, hangouts, whatever you use to chat with friends.

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frankstripod wrote 04/10/2015 at 15:31 point

Thank you for following! Look forward to seeing another prize entry from you this year :)

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Paul_Beaudet wrote 04/11/2015 at 00:43 point

Well it looks like we share a love of synergy and dislike of its faults. This year I have other focuses more in the software realm, but I more then a happy to help folks entering this years contest if they are working on something interface / keyboard related.

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Big Boy Pete wrote 11/17/2014 at 19:08 point
Hey Paul -- Which motion sensors are you using for the Jestertype? Are you going to train it using a neural network or something neat?

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Paul_Beaudet wrote 11/17/2014 at 21:10 point
JesterType was originally a fivekey I intented to covert to motion with a 9DOF I have from Adafruit - product #1714. Trig is sort of a weak point for me, so I'm a bit limited to what I can do until I brush up on my skills in that area. On a high level I know the derection that I would want to take with a learning algorithm that assigns motion character sequences. Unfortunately I have to measure time invested with results so I have been building progressively better keyers to cut my teeth, which I lump under the NeoType name.

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Onelesseye wrote 06/24/2014 at 20:07 point
I like the idea you are going with, but it seems over complicated. Just a thought. Drop the number of keys to 6, and put in the Braille key set. Then you can make an open source keypad for the visually impaired. As a visually impaired Maker myself, I think you would get a great response.

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Paul_Beaudet wrote 06/24/2014 at 21:00 point
Braille is what was started with, and for the most part just 6 keys are used. There is an older version running with Braille. The issue is that braille is difficult to feel with these types of sensations and difficult to remember for non-braille users. I simplified the layout to deal with this issue.

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Paul_Beaudet wrote 06/24/2014 at 21:04 point
Actually you will notice that the github repo is still named Braille_Neotype_testing. :)

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Paul_Beaudet wrote 06/06/2014 at 22:23 point
Intialy I got on for the Hack-a-day prize, but I really am impressed with the site, feels like I already won a prize! Seems like its fostering a great community.

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Jasmine Brackett wrote 06/06/2014 at 21:41 point
Hello Paul, we are so happy you think Hackaday Projects is awesome. We can't wait to see your awesome projects too. Welcome!

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