Junk your QWERTY for this 10-key keyboard

DecaTxt can type over 100 characters once you figure it out.

(Credit: Tim Hornyak/CNET)

LAS VEGAS–The QWERTY keyboard you’re using has a basic layout that dates from the 1870s Sholes and Glidden typewriter. Why the heck are you still using it?

If you’re always typing on the go, on-screen and compact QWERTY keyboards can be a real pain when writing a critical e-mail, text, or tweet. Florida-based In10did thinks it has an ideal solution with this compact, touch-type micro keyboard with wireless Bluetooth connectivity.

DecaTxt has a completely different key setup than a QWERTY keyboard, and it takes some time to get your head around it.

The palm-size device shown off at CES 2013 shrinks the standard keyboard to 10 keys, one for each finger, but it can be used with only one hand. With various key combinations, they allow you to input over 100 keystrokes, and all the characters on a standard board.

Inventor Wayne Rasanen is working on versions of DecaTxt for steering wheels and game controllers.

(Credit: Tim Hornyak/CNET)

When pressed alone, the 10 keys produce the letters J, I, H, G, F, E, A, B, C, and D. Using your thumb or index finger to hol… [Read more]

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