Plano’s CharaChorder Releases Dongle That Lets You Type at ‘the Speed of Thought’

Still typing one letter at a time? That’s so 20th century. A new innovation is “chording”—typing entire words by touching multiple keys at once, just like a musician playing a chord on a piano.

Plano-based CharaChorder launched in 2019 with a new class of peripheral device that let people type faster than what’s possible on a traditional keyboard. The company’s goal: to completely replace the QWERTY keyboard. Last year, it launched CharaChorder Lite.

But now it’s released a workaround that people can use with their existing keyboard: CharaChorder X, a new USB dongle which “transforms any keyboard into a chording enabled device.” The dongle was launched November 22 on Kickstarter, reaching 100% funding within two hours of its release. 

Unlike the startup’s previous products, CharaChorder X doesn’t require users to replace their keyboards. Instead, the dongle plugs in-line to enhance existing keyboards, via CharaChorder’s intelligent chording technology.

The startup and its CEO, Riley Ford Keen, call CharaChorder X “a major step towards empowering ordinary people to incorporate chording into their daily life.”

CharaChorder believes the dongle will help achieve its mission of boosting average human text transmission speed from 40 words per minute up to a blazing 250 words per minute—”or how we define the speed of thought.”

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