Building a better keyboard on mobile is a gargantuan challenge. Heck, inputting complex messages to transmit to another human being across the ether using only your thumbs would have been totally unthinkable just a handful of years ago. Updating the tool we use to do it to make communication harder, better, faster, and stronger is no small potatoes.
The WRIO Keyboard team is one of our favorite contenders in the race to design the next generation of mobile keyboards. With the backing of a huge Kickstarter community, they've done deep research on how people communicate over mobile, and have put together a better keyboard "for fast, precise, intelligent writing." Big keys optimized for thumbs plus smart gestures make all the difference, and there's a special emphasis in catering to users who swap between more than one language.
WRIO is due onto the app stores this coming Spring 2016. While we wait for the big launch, we were lucky enough to score an interview with David Eberle, WRIO Keyboard developer. We talked crowdfunding, user testing, and those eye-catching double space keys.