Google's Engineers have taken Larry Page's vision of taking Moon Shots a little too seriously. The Patent Figure that you see above is from one of Google's patent titled, "Touch-Screen Keyboard Facilitating Touch Typing with Minimal Finger Movement." The core of the patent is about a "keyboard operation module that generates geometric shapes for display on a touch-screen display, each geometric shape corresponding to a respective finger of a user." Google first understood that "switching to a more efficient type of a touch-screen keyboard may require too much learning time from a user to justify a switch." Then they deliberately went forward and invented this wacky V-shaped keyboard that's an ergonomic nightmare. But hey, it's a Moon Shot and that will make Google's leader happy. Go Figure.
To learn all about this invention, read this inspiring Google Moon Shot. For the record, Google's legal team thought the patent claims were too off-the-wall and cancelled 26 out of the original 33. That's how bad this idea was.
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