Ideas: Replace the QWERTY Keyboard

As studied by (Electrical) Engineer Steven Kirk-

Writing is a significant part of daily life. What is the most efficient and effective form of writing? They vary from text to speech, keyboards, and handwriting.

Speech to text

The average human speaks between 110 and 145 wpm. However, punctuation is the limitation on achieving this flawlessly. Putting this to the test made for approximately 70-90 wpm.

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Smartphone Keyboard

The average typing speed on a smartphone keyboard is 20 wpm. At the high end one might see 50-70 wpm .


The Keyboard

The average wpm is around 40 wpm for the average querty keyboard. 70+ wpm is typical of experienced typists. (Wikipedia) The Dvorak keyboard, known for it’s more ergonomic approach to letter placement, supposedly increases it by 4% on average (wikipedia).

As a note, hotkeys on the Dvorak keyboard don’t quite work the same. Users mention switching back to QWERTY when using a public computer is also slower.


A form of written abbreviated words with symbols to attempt to get concepts across in the quickest amount of time for future reference.

The Stenotype

The stenotype is a chord based input method. While a traditional keyboard requires each letter be typed individually, a stenotype needs simultaneous inputs (http://www.openstenoproject.org/). (https://web.archive.org/web/20060310062955/http://www.captions.org/2006/02/captioning-students-thoughts.html) Sources claim this can go up to 270 wpm. These are typically used for closed captioning.

Final Thoughts

Lead Engineer Michael Kirk-

Upon consideration and reading anecdotal experiences, I will be sticking with QWERTY.

As a note, I might be biased because my wpm is already 80.

I highly recommend autohotkey (and python programming) to navigate the computer faster.