Friday, October 21, 2016

[upwngaul] Game controllers as keyboards

The basic shape of game controllers, disregarding radical experiments by Nintendo, has not changed much in many years, suggesting it might be a near optimal shape for a handheld input device.

The thumbs do most of the work, plus a few "shoulder" buttons for the other fingers.  Even the radical Wii controllers follow this pattern.

They are obviously very different in shape from a typical keyboard, having fewer total buttons, but people may be able to learn to type on a controller with fewer buttons with combinations or chords.

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