Farewell QWERTY, hello Fastap

[intro]Type faster, and try not to think while you're about it - you're using a Fastap [/intro] The QWERTY keyboard may have quietly taken a fatal

[intro]Type faster, and try not to think while you're about it - you're using a Fastap [/intro]

The QWERTY keyboard may have quietly taken a fatal blow today, with a new style of mobile device keyboard collecting a coveted CES Innovations Award.

The Fastap uses raised buttons set in between your mobile's conventional keys. The design has already been given the thumbs up by no less a player than LG (for the AX490 clamshell, see picture), and there are rumours of a mysterious Windows Mobile device packing Fastap within the next 12 months.

A brief play with a Fastap LG suggests that it works: your reporter normally taps out cries for help via a Blackberry 8700, so the 'ABC' layout of the LG should have presented an instant challenge. But not so: within 30 seconds, we'd managed to tap 'get me out of Vegas now, this is unbearable', without a single spelling mistake.

If you want to see Fastap in action, watch our coverage on Google Video.

Check Fastap's American site for more details.