Frontype is a virtual onscreen keyboard for fast typing and replacement for any language phisical keyboard
Have you noticed that we know approximately where each key is situated our finger take the proper side, but we have to tear our eyes off the screen to be sure of our proper action. All you have left to do is to come over a little psychological barrier to reach real touch typing.
Touch typing without typing tutors
You know what circus juggler differs from us? He uses the peripheral vision. Do you think it is a long way to train this skill? No, peripheral vision is an inbred sense. It was developed by the ages of primitive humans struggle for survival. Peripheral vision in some aspects exceeds the central vision, for example, in response to the motion, and this is precisely what we need. All we have to do is to use peripheral vision to learn keyboard layout and to develop proper motor reactions.
Forget about the keyboard. There is no keyboard at all. There are only your thoughts and fingers
Just think what it would be if a musician didn't think of the melody but which finger to use to press the key. The same thing should be the computer keyboard. Finally we don't look at the mouse to move cursor. Give your finger more freedom and they'll find the proper way to press the keys.
The Big Idea
Let's have a look at the future to come. Computer is becoming a continuation of possibilities of our intellect and body. Just imagine a man in a virtual helmet – physical keyboard can't be taken into virtual world. Mankind is typing still more and more. We often communicate while typing so the habits of fast typing, touch typing are simply necessary.
Advantages of Frontype:
No need to tear off your eyes from the screen
The current situation is always reflected, language, register, special symbols everything is spread before the eyes
Wide opportunities of individual tuning in - disposition, size, transparency, color, attaching to the chosen programs.
How to learn to type fast
In the end it would be nice to note that Frontype is not the "Easy Shaper" or "Magic Belt" from TV Shop which promises you all and at once without any efforts. It'll be quite a a job for you. At first the speed of typing is evidently going down and constantly looming keyboard on the screen disturbs you, even irritates. Well, you have to be patient. We tried to make the design of the keyboard as simple and laconic as possible. Besides while you typing skill is getting better, the keyboard can be made more and more transparent – practically imperceptible and soon it may come to the end.
Frontype Method. Five easy steps to touch-typing
Do not start training until you read this text. Follow exactly the recommendations. Do not think. Thoughts draw your attention away. Do not hesitate. All you have to do is just to break some psychological barrier. Seat yourself comfortable. Close your eyes. Put your palms on the keyboard, feel its size, dimensions, edges, each row of keys. Find blindly F and J keys. They are marked with hillocks. F and J are your last two friends in that blind world. Value them and every time return index fingers on them. The rest fingers are disposed on the next keys so called "home row".
Open Frontype. Set it up to maximum size suitable to your screen the size of your physical keyboard in the optimum. Move it very close to text cursor. Some may prefer to put Frontype over the printing text and make it more transparent. Very important: Don't tear your eyes o the screen to look down, but don't look at Frontype neither. Look right to text cursor. Try to find the needed key blindly. Your fingers should remember the keys, not your eyes! Fingers memorize the position of a key relative to F and J.
Start typing. Any text that comes to your mind, your favorite song for example. Keep your fingers on the home row by default. Make amplitude of pressing as small as possible. Try to use all fingers. The wanted key is pressed by the finger that is closer. Make mistakes. Make a lot of mistakes. At the beginning even don't delete wrong letters. Pressed the wrong key? Press neighbour key. Wrong again? Press next untill you type the right letter. Press it few times. Return fingers to default position and press again. Good. Use other finger to press the same key, may be it's more suitable? If you can't remember (even approximately) where the needed key is situated have casual glance at Frontype. Then look again at cursor and type it blindly.
WOW! Great! Frontype is so simple! No. It's pretty not so simple.
We recommended you not looking at Frontype. Actually, it's not true. You look directly at cursor but your brain receives a lot of information. Visual information. When your finger hits the right or wrong key peripheral vision collects full layout of the background. In Frontype it's deliberately done the backlight of pressed key is slowly disappearing. It's done in order to your brain managed to catch and to send signal right / or wrong to your fingers to develop proper motor reactions.
Also read a funny article about common mistakes! (Thaks a lot to Gunter Wittmann)