Microsoft Research today released what they are calling an “analog keyboard” for Android Wear. The keyboard will allow you to input text by drawing letters onto the watch face. It is important to note that, as of right now, the keyboard only supports square screens with a 320×320 resolution, in addition to the Moto 360.
It is interesting to see Microsoft’s continued willingness to support projects on other platforms. However, as our own Phil Nickinson has demonstrated, keyboards and wearables aren’t necessarily good bedfellows.
Additionally, the installation of this prototype keyboard may not be for the feint of heart. It requires a rather complicated mess of procedures to get up and running on the Moto 360 due to its lack of a USB connector. Between this and the questionable use of keyboards on wearables to begin with, this might be worth skipping over for now.
Will you be installing Microsoft’s bid for all of your wrist-tapping needs?
Source: Microsoft Research