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touch typing

Typing on a keyboard without looking at the keys. Touch typing has become an essential skill these days no matter what line of work anyone does. In the early days, schools ordered special typewriters with blank keys. Today, blank keys can be simulated with a soft plastic skin that is placed over any computer keyboard.

Touch Typists vs. Hunt and Peck
The average touch typist can type 50 to 60 words per minute (WPM) without typos, while the two-finger typist using the "hunt and peck" method typically achieves only 20 to 30. Fast two-finger typists can reach 50 or more WPM when typing familiar text. Super fast typists can belt out 100 or more (see WPM). See QWERTY keyboard and keyboard.

Learn to Type the Right Way
These keys are covered with a SpeedSkin, which fits over any standard PC or Mac keyboard. (Image courtesy of SpeedSkin, LLC.)

Modern Blank Keyboards
The Das Keyboard is a premium keyboard available with blank key caps for learning how to type. See Das Keyboard. (Image courtesy of Das Keyboard,
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Titan VCT was the first institutional investor in TouchType in August 2010 prior to it launching its award winning SwiftKey app, which is now used on more than 300 m smartphones, in more than 100 languages.
Since the original investment Titan has participated in three subsequent funding rounds, the most recent being in 2015, and TouchType has grown to approximately 140 employees.
The key is TouchType's Fluency(TM) prediction engine, which uses new techniques to analyze billions of sentences of background text to understand how words combine.
"We were overwhelmed by the success of SwiftKey's beta launch and the positive response from our users," TouchType's CEO Jon Reynolds said.
"The incredible technology underpinning our application completely changes the way mobile users interact with their smartphones," Sky News quoted Jon Reynolds, chief executive of TouchType, as saying.
"We've analysed over 50 billion words in nine major languages to build the models that drive our prediction engine," said Ben Medlock, TouchType's chief technical officer.