Of the UI design challenges of smartphones, the swiping of photos seems pretty much solved, but the typing interface is still wanting. That's why Blackberry is not only still around, but is planning to launch the Priv, with a slider interface and physical keyboard:
Blackberry's forthcoming Priv
On the touchscreen keyboard front, we had high hopes for Corey Stone's HERO keyboard, but thus far reviews are mixed.
Corey Stone's HERO keyboard
Now a Swiss app developer called Icoaching is pushing an alternate design. While the Priv has physical keys and the HERO went with concentric rings, Icoaching is betting that a honeycomb pattern will be the winning design. They've dubbed their creation the WRIO keyboard, a loose anagram for "WRite It Once:"ux
The WRIO has already been Kickstarted, easily reaching its $10,000 goal with $12,641 in pledges. There's still nine days left for those who want to see if hexagons work better than rectangles. Buy-in starts at $5 for those willing to wait until March of next year, while the impatient can have WRIO by November for $10.