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Corey Stone
@coreywstone · UX guy, Founder of HERO Keyboard
Hello Product Hunters! I’m honored to be hunted by @mijustin, who continually inspires me!

I’m a full-time UX designer with 4 kids, so I’ve done my share of one-handed baby-holding typing. There must be a better way, I thought (to type, not parent). So I designed HERO, which reduces finger travel by 35% (or “3 feet per Tweet”), and only takes a few days to get used to.

You may remember v1.0 of HERO. People were intrigued by the design, but it wasn’t implemented well enough. Version 2.0 took me way too long, but it’s completely recoded for better typing action, plus:

- The “Bolt” button, which you tap for SPACE, or Hold/3D-touch for numbers, cursor control, and your recent emojis and symbols.
- Tilting the phone moves the keyboard to the left or right for easier 1-thumb typing.
- An auto-suggest bar with 5 (not 3) suggested words.
- Smarter emoji categories based on actual emoji usage stats.
- A Product Hunt theme, and new subscriber themes every month.

I want to add swipe, Android, other languages, GIPHY, text snippets, and more, but I’m self-funded and I use contract developers, so my funds slow my progress.

HERO’s letter and Bolt views are free, and a $0.99/month subscription enables the full emoji, dialpad, and symbol views, plus new subscriber themes every month. (And it supports future development!) I also invite HERO users to our Facebook Group to give feedback and direction.

Thanks for reading, and please let me know what questions or suggestions you have. You can also write me me at corey@herokeyboard.com or @herokeyboards on Twitter. Thanks!

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Corey Stone
@coreywstone · UX guy, Founder of HERO Keyboard
Hello Product Hunters! I’m honored to be hunted by @mijustin, who continually inspires me I’m a full-time UX designer with 4 kids, so I’ve done my share of one-handed baby-holding typing. There must be a better way, I thought (to type, not parent). So I designed HERO, which reduces finger travel by 35% (or “3 feet per Tweet”), and only takes a few days... Show More
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Braxton Huff
@3raxton · Creator, UI Designer
I really like HERO - it is very efficient and intuitive. I downloaded it a few days ago and am still getting used to it, however, I am looking forward to using it more than my regular iOS Keyboard. Brilliant product and design @coreywstone! I can't wait to see what comes next!
Alex Marshall
@marsh931
I never really understood why people bothered with this weird looking keyboards, just to shave a fraction of a second off their typing time. But since I've had an iPhone 7plus and tried typing one handed, I totally get it The tilt to move the keyboard feature is genius I think this is the first keyboard I've seen with a monthly subscription fee. Will... Show More
Alamo aka 狐狸
@shellehs · Co-founder/manager of InHutong
How about the auto correction and word suggestion features? Will you support swipe type
Mike Ghiglieri
@mike_ghiglieri · Professional
I have yet to test out HERO. As previously suggested, I would prefer to pay a higher price rather than a monthly subscription even for adding emojis, etc.
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