Flick-Pad is the conceptual outgrowth of the Glancing-Pad design. The Glancing-Pad is described on this site under separate heading. The Flick-Pad type device uses symbol-encoding finger motions called ‘flicks’, which are similar to the motions operating the Glancing-Pad.
The Flick-Pad is a simple electro-mechanical device. Its construction requires no exotic components or advanced technologies. The prototype of the Flick-Pad, in testing since March of 2013, proved successful in demonstrating the exceptional functionality of the pad, despite device’s relatively lo-tech construction. By taking into account the number of advantages that the Flick-Pad offers, it outperforms any other one-handed or portative input device ever built.
The Flick-Pad and the Glancing-Pad share many of the design and function characteristics. The Flick-Pad is a simplified version of the Glancing-Pad, distinguished by its electro-mechanical construction. That feature imposes certain constraints on how the Flick-Pad is operated. That is, using the Flick-Pad requires that the operating hand maintains a steady position in relation to the keys assigned to each finger, whereas the Glancing-Pad can be operated with an unconstrained hand. Nevertheless, the impact of such disadvantage has been diminished by employing an innovative finger-orienting utility. As a result the new device can be operated in a manner similar to its predecessor.
However, there are certain conditions when using the Flick-Pad would prove uniquely advantageous. One is that learning to operate the Flick-Pad appears to be more intuitive than mastering the Glancing-Pad. After the skill of glancing is honed with the Flick-Pad, the user may start operating the Glancing-Pad with no effort. Nevertheless, most users should find the Flick Pad performance totally satisfactory.
Second advantage is the simplicity of the Flick Pad design, and the ensuing low production costs. Low price will put it in the hands of many curious users, and help to popularize the product. This goal will be helped by device’s universal utility, discrete operability, security and its aesthetic, slim form.
It is a direct keyboard replacement,
… it is meant to be carried/worn and operated anywhere and anytime,
… equally good for word processing, web browsing and control functions,
… simple sightless operation,
… there are only 4 flick-keys per finger,
… hand holds a steady position in relation to the keys, i.e. the keys are at the user’s fingertips, i.e. the fingertips always ‘know’ where the keys are,
… each finger performs one of 8 motions within approx. 3 sq. cm to encode a symbol,
… each glancing motion generates one symbol (good for speed). No chording!
… fits in a pocket and can be operated from the pocket,
… portability, small size, comfort and total control in one hand,
… user can grab it with one hand and without looking at it, do everything that any touchpad-equipped keyboard can do,
… gives a tablet computer operational capability better than the laptop,
… especially advantageous for the wearable computers,
… it is a viable alternative to voice and touch devices,
… exceptionally simple construction,
… fast and easy to deploy and promote, low price will make many try it,
… can be customized to the user preferences,
… ideal for visually-impaired, and blind,
… will create demand for new applications,
… may change the ways we find, and buy products, services, conduct business,
… hand-sized, lightweight, ergonomically and aesthetically pleasing,
… no sight, no illumination needed for writing — slight touch, one hand only.