FlickKey Mini Shows How You Could Write Emails On The Next iPod Nano



Billing itself as the “World’s Smallest Keyboard,” The FlickKey Mini is a $2 iOS text editor and note taking app that offers the bare minimum of features. Look more closely, though, and FlickKey Mini looks a lot more interesting. Far from being just App Store dross, FlickKey Mini could offer a preview on how we’ll type on the next iPod Nano.

The idea’s simple. It replaces the usual iPhone keyboard with just six tiny keys, perfectly sized for a watchface. Each key, in turn, has nine alphanumeric or punctuation characters on it. To type, you simply tap one of the keys and flick it in the direction of the character you want.

What’s so interesting about FlickKey is that it actually works. You can type an email this way. If Apple ever upgrades the watch-sized iPod Nano to a true iOS device — and it seems like they’re heading in that direction — this would be the way you send Tweets, Facebook messages or emails, right from your watchface.

Try it yourself: download the free version here.

[via Gadget Lab]

  • LTMP

    What would a wifi chip do to the size and battery life of the Nano?

  • 300AShareMakesMeSmile

    That’s the first thing that struck me.  The battery in an iPod nano must be rather small and a WiFi chip is power-hungry.  I honestly believe these people write anything that comes to mind just to fill up empty space.  I think with the nano’s size it’s pretty much doing all it can already.  I suppose it must be a lot of people’s dream to pack everything they can into one mobile device, regardless of its size.

  • jnjnjn3

    Very original. I’am sure Apple will make the iWatch if they can.
    It will be a huge success.


  • Chris Brunner

    Technology only gets smaller and more powerful with time, this is NOT unrealistic in the future…


  • Doug Henry

    Was any thought put into the letter arrangement? It looks purely arbitrary, not QWERTY, not DVORAK, not ABC… why create a new keyboard arrangement?

  • mai duc chung

    The usual idea is that you would use NFC to set up the link between the two devices and then do an automatic hand over to a different protocol for doing the actual transfer of data – eg Bluetooth,iphone 5