HERO Keyboard demo.

Type smarter.

Save 3 feet per Tweet with HERO:
The world's most efficient keyboard.

Download HERO free on the App Store.
A conversation between illustrated HERO and QWERTY characters.

Together, you and HERO can do it all.

You'll feel comfortable using HERO after just a few days. So save your thumbs, and try the smarter cooler HERO Keyboard.

Finger path while typing the same sentence on QWERTY and HERO.

Finger path typing the same sentence on QWERTY and HERO.

Save 3 feet per Tweet.

It's true: if you type 140 characters on HERO's patented design, your fingers travel 3 feet (35%) less than on QWERTY.

HERO also puts the @, #, -, ?, !, comma and period on the main screen so you won't have to switch views as much.

Save your thumbs, my friends.

Animation of the keyboard moving from center to right for easier one-hand typing.

Colors show thumb-reach comfort zones.

Thumbs too small?

Tilt your iPhone 6/7 or Plus, and HERO slides the keys within reach of your cute stubby thumb.

Fingers too fat?

On an iPhone 4, 5, or SE, the most-used keys are about 35% bigger than on standard keyboards.

HERO's time-saving Bolt button.

Use the Bolt, Luke.

Tap HERO's revolutionary Bolt button to enter a SPACE, or double-tap it for period+SPACE.

Hold or 3D-touch the Bolt then drag for superfast access to numbers, cursor control, and your recent emojis and symbols.

It's your typing superpower, with more powers planned. (I'm thinking GIPHY support and text snippets. Got suggestions? Post 'em in the HERO Users Group.)

HERO's smarter emoji grouping.

Actually find emojis.

For subscribers, HERO's emojis are grouped based on real emoji usage analytics. Hearts, Music, and Money categories? Score.

Screenshot of HERO Keyboard's theme selection.

Classy themes.

Boring blocky keys or gaudy colors? Clearly not heroic.

With HERO, subscribers get an elegant new theme every month. I'm thinking metals, nature, rich mahogany and many leather-bound keyboards...what else? You tell me at the HERO Users Group.

Screenshot of HERO Keyboard's Numbers and Symbols views.

Enter numbers faster.

For subscribers, HERO's dialpad view gives faster number entry, surrounded by all the related characters you'll need.

The Symbol view has niceties like left and right-facing quotes, copyright, bullet, infinity, and more.

Animation of HERO Keyboard's extended character popups on tap-hold or 3D Touch.

É's and http's.

Need accented characters? Maybe an em-dash or .com? Hold or 3D-touch certain keys to reveal extended characters and other helpful tidbits.

Think forward.

Let's leave mobile QWERTY in the past. Today, we need the efficiency of HERO to get it all done. Try it free.

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"What a mobile keyboard should've been from the beginning!"

"WOW! This is LONG OVERDUE! The more you use it, the easier and faster it gets!"

"Who would've thought, a keyboard that makes sense to use with your thumbs."

The Story of HERO.

Photo of HERO Founder/Designer Corey Stone.

Hello! I'm Corey Stone, full-time User Experience Designer by day, and founder/designer of HERO Keyboard by night. Here's the story of how HERO came to be...

My (rejected) concept for a 1-bit embedded in-truck messaging touchscreen system from 2001.

My concept from 2001 (pre-smartphone) for an embedded in-truck messaging system.

Letter frequency chart by Nandhp (public domain).

Letter frequency chart by Nandhp (public domain).

It was 2001 (remember pre-smartphone life? Bring your map!), and I was designing a small touchscreen keypad for an in-vechicle messaging system. I'd recently finished my Biomechanics/Ergonomics master's thesis measuring muscle activity on physical keyboards, and after double-checking the anthropometric charts for touch size standards, I realized the screen was too small to make all keys the recommended size.

Then I thought, "why should all the keys be the same size, when we use E waaaay more often than Z, for example?" So I looked up letter frequencies and found that in English, we use just 9 keys about 80% of the time. Since different-sized keys can't be arranged into a grid very well, I figured I might as well put the most-used keys together, and put the most common letter combinations ("bigrams," like TH and ER) next to each other.

I was pretty proud of my solution, but when I presented it to the engineering manager, he was like "WTF?" and implemented a simple QWERTY grid. Sigh. But the seed was planted.

Early sketch concepts for what would eventually become HERO.

Early sketch concepts for what would eventually become HERO.

Several years and four kids later, I found myself doing a lot of one-thumb baby-holding typing and thought "there must be a better way" (to type, not parent). The old QWERTY layout might work well enough for 10-finger typing (and we've built up a lot of muscle memory for it), but it just doesn't make sense for the less-ingrained one or two-finger mobile typing.

The Thumbprint Keyboard concept, which would soon become HERO.

An early version of HERO, which I was calling the "Thumbprint Keyboard" at the time.

I sat on the idea for awhile, as I too often do, but when Apple finally announced support for 3rd-party keyboards, I knew I had to do it — I had to try to make mobile typing better for myself and everyone else.

So while my wife baked in the sun on our kid-free vacation, I sat in the nearby shade designing HERO (which I was calling the Thumbprint keyboard for awhile, because early versions had more of a thumbprint pattern instead of HERO's circular rings).

Cardboard cutouts used for early A-B keyboard speed tests.

Cardboard phones for early A-B keyboard speed tests.

The original HERO v1.0 video.

Once design was done and tested, it was time to get the app built. I'm a designer not a programmer, so I had to pay a contract developer to build it. The first developer for HERO 1.0 failed, then the second one did a pretty good job given my budget. In general, lots of people were interested in the design, but the implementation just wasn't where it needed to be, which brings us to today.

HERO v2.0 was recoded from scratch by an experienced keyboard developer. It's still not as full-featured as I'd like, but my hope is the $0.99/month pricing model will fund future development so HERO can become the kick-ass keyboard we all deserve. And I want you to join that journey not just as a customer, but as a partner to help guide development by giving me input at the HERO Users Group.

Smarter, Cooler, Faster.

Using HERO shows everyone that you won't accept an ineffective status quo. That we can do better than QWERTY. That our phone is not a tiny typewriter. Type smarter with HERO.