Could This Be The Future Of Typing On A Control Pad?

Having to enter letters and numbers via a control pad sucks, as anyone typing out credit card numbers or download codes on an Xbox 360 or PS3 will attest. If only there was a way to make this necessary evil easier...

It's called the "Circboard", and going by the explanation provided on the thing's website, it certainly looks promising. Rather than presenting the user with a replica of an existing keyboard and making them scroll all over it laboriously, it uses a number of circles strung together to form a large circle.

To pick a letter, you move around the large circle with the left thumbstick, then when you're at the letter you want, you select it with a flick of the right thumbstick.

Like I said, it looks like it could actually work! Thing is, while it looks similar to the menu and inventory systems of some older games (like Beyond Good & Evil), it looks very similar to a patent submitted in 2007 for a similar method.

Hopefully the idea doesn't get bogged down in a legal quagmire, because if it can really make typing on a control pad easier, then it needs to be in gamer's hands soon, not at the end of a lengthy court process.

[Circboard, via Reddit & technabob]


    Isn't there a keyboard attachment for the 360?

    That said, this looks quite good.

    There is a keyboard for the 360.. but this looks good.

    So basically using the gamepad as a chorded keyboard, I'm shocked it took this long for them to decide to do it.

    Or you could just buy a chatpad, which is THE BEST THING EVER.

    One of the best un-mentioned features of the 360 (and PS3) is the default system keyboard, it's not like the old days where every game had its own stupid text input screen, now it's all just one simple system.

    Except for in Guitar Hero games, because it's still a PS2 game at heart...

    I swear while I was setting up my PS3, there was another keyboard that behaved more like predictive text on old mobiles, so it was a 3 by 3 grid with ABC, DEF, GHI and so on, and it was a lot easier to type on than the full, standard keyboard. I've seen it once since, and keep hunting for a setting to change to it.

    Having said that, if you've got a bluetooth keyboard, that'll pair quite happily with the PS3, which is pretty rad.

    Killzone on ps2 did this first I believe

      That's where I first saw it, and when I used it I wondered why no one else ever did, instead forcing the 'select a letter one at a time on a pretend keyboard' method...

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