Dom Perignon Speed Contest


How Fast Can You Type on Your Palm?


To know the answer, see the results of the Dom Perignon Speed Contest!

Participants were asked to type the 40 words on the left with the method of their choice and record their time in seconds, the acceptable methods being:
The Fitaly Keyboard for the Palm  
The Qwerty On-screen Keyboard  
Graffiti Strokes  

The use of Graffiti shortcuts was not allowed and neither was the use of an attached hardware keyboard since the object was to compare pen input methods.

The contest ended on July 25, 1998.


Awards

Marcus Macrae, of London, wins the contest and the prestigious bottle of Dom Perignon: Marcus completed the test in 37 seconds - close to 65 wpm.
The next 25 fastest entries win a free license of the Fitaly Keyboard for the Palm.
All participants made the demonstration that fast text entry is possible on a Palm Organizer.

 

Final Results:

Rank Method Time WPM  Participant  Date
1 Fitaly 37 s  64.9 wpm  Marcus Macrae  July 25, 1998
2 Fitaly 38 s  63.2 wpm  Henry Schaumburger  July 24, 1998
3 Fitaly 39 s  61.5 wpm  kaiwei  July 15, 1998
4 Fitaly 42 s  57.1 wpm  Mona Cappucino  July 16, 1998
5 Fitaly 44 s  54.5 wpm  Nickolas Wanke  June 18, 1998
6 Fitaly 44 s  54.5 wpm  Roger Prokic  June 19, 1998
7 Fitaly 46 s  52.2 wpm  Henri Dorn  June 17, 1998
8 Fitaly 47 s  51.1 wpm  Noah Bergevin  July 14, 1998
9 Qwerty 49 s  49.0 wpm  Andrew Wong  July 8, 1998
10 Fitaly 54 s  44.4 wpm  Robert Hill  July 5, 1998
11 Fitaly 56 s  42.8 wpm  Mike Harvan  July 16, 1998
12 Fitaly 56 s  42.8 wpm  Christopher Yo  July 20, 1998
13 Fitaly 59 s  40.7 wpm  Arthur Vanderbilt  June 18, 1998
14 Fitaly 60 s  40.0 wpm  David Wang  July 8, 1998
15 Fitaly 61 s  39.3 wpm  Rob Fisher  July 23, 1998
16 Fitaly 65 s  36.9 wpm  Jo Suzuki  July 13, 1998
17 Graffiti 69 s  34.8 wpm  Valerie Polichar  July 25, 1998
18 Graffiti 70 s  34.3 wpm  Mark Putter  July 8, 1998
19 Fitaly 74 s  32.4 wpm  Yeechang Lee  July 17, 1998
20 Fitaly 76 s  31.6 wpm  John Woodard  July 25, 1998
21 Qwerty 78 s  30.8 wpm  Cathy Cobbs  July 24, 1998
22 Fitaly 78 s  30.8 wpm  Carl Jacobsen  July 25, 1998
23 Graffiti 84 s  28.6 wpm  Manoj Kasichainula  July 25, 1998
24 Qwerty 100 s  24.0 wpm  Richard Smiley  July 24, 1998
25 Graffiti 102 s  23.5 wpm  Tim Charron  June 19, 1998
26 Graffiti 107 s  22.5 wpm  Dave Eckhardt  June 18, 1998

We received a total of 34 entries:

  • 19 using Fitaly,
  • 9 using Graffiti,
  • 6 using Qwerty.

Below are the times for each of the three methods:

Method Fastest
Time
Average
Time
Slowest
Time
Fitaly 37 s 54 s 78 s
Graffiti 60 s 85 s 107 s
Qwerty 49 s 85 s 103 s

The same results expressed in words per minute are shown below:

Method Fastest
wpm
Average
wpm
Slowest
wpm
Fitaly 64.9 wpm 44.4 wpm 30.8 wpm
Graffiti 40.0 wpm 28.2 wpm 22.5 wpm
Qwerty 49.0 wpm 28.2 wpm 23.3 wpm

The detailed statistics are shown on a separate page.


The importance of being over 40 wpm

To conclude this overall presentation of results, we would like to emphasize the significance of achieving over 40 wpm on a Palm Pilot: This is the speed achieved by many average typists on the full 10-finger keyboard of a PC. So these results demonstrate that entering memos on a Palm organizer is now a realistic proposal with the Fitaly.

Even for those who type very fast on a PC - say 80 wpm -, the factor of two is more than offset by the convenience of a machine that is always there with you, in your pocket, in every meeting, when you need to record a new idea, and always ready to start immediately. Carrying a laptop is not a convenient alternative, not to mention the time it takes to start a Windows application. And writing notes on paper is not a good alternative either with the time lost transcribing and the difficulty of filing.

So even for fast PC typists, the speed achievable with the Fitaly combined with the convenience of the ubiquitous Palm Pilot offers a realistic solution for text entry. The dominant direction for HotSync will definitely become from the Palm to the PC.

 
 


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