Dom Perignon II Speed Contest


How Fast Can You Type on Your Palm?



The two fastest entries won a prestigious bottle of Dom Perignon.

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

Participants were asked to type the 40 words on the left with the method of their choice and record their time. The following methods were used:
FitalyStamp and the Fitaly Keyboards for the Palm organizer and the Pocket PC.
Silkyboard, Octave, and other overlay solutions.
The Qwerty on-screen keyboard and similar on-screen keyboards activated by a pen.
Graffiti, Jot, and other handwriting methods.

Obviously, the use of Graffiti shortcuts was not allowed and neither was the use of word or phrase completion capabilities such as the ones offered by Fitaly for the Pocket PC, WordComplete, TextPlus, Octave, or the one that is built-in Windows CE.

The use of an attached or built-in hardware keyboard was not allowed since the object of this contest was to compare input methods using pen input.

The contest ended on July 18, 2000.


Awards

Faith Perez and Ken Chan, both from Adelaide, Australia, win the contest and the two prestigious bottles of Dom Perignon: Faith completed the test in 29.36 seconds - close to 82 wpm - and Ken in 31.19 seconds - at 77 wpm.
The next 50 entries won a free copy of FitalyStamp or of the Fitaly Keyboard for the Pocket PC.
All participants made the demonstration that very fast text-entry is possible on your palm!
 


Analysis of Final Results

Most contest entries have been recorded with the FitalyLetris freeware game and are expressed in hundredths of seconds. Scores attached as gif file are available for most entries on the Domperignon Forum.

All Entries:

Rank Method Time WPM  Participant Date
1 FitalyStamp 29.36 s  81.74 wpm  Faith Perez  July 18, 2000
2 FitalyStamp 31.19 s  76.94 wpm  Ken (balmon)  July 18, 2000
3 FitalyStamp 31.22 s  76.87 wpm  Jared Feddersen  June 29, 2000
4 Fitaly 32.28 s  74.34 wpm  Ian Frank  July 12, 2000
5 FitalyStamp 34.23 s  70.11 wpm  Danny Lin  June 21, 2000
6 FitalyStamp 34.87 s  68.82 wpm  Will Lau  July 15, 2000
7 FitalyStamp 35.28 s  68.02 wpm  Michael Nelson  June 23, 2000
8 FitalyStamp 37.67 s  63.71 wpm  Ein  July 1, 2000
-- Fitaly 38.06 s  63.05 wpm  Will Lau  July 13, 2000
9 FitalyStamp 38.56 s  62.24 wpm  JohnH  June 23, 2000
10 FitalyStamp 39.71 s  60.43 wpm  Joel Morris  July 17, 2000
11 FitalyStamp 39.93 s  60.10 wpm  Paul Close  July 18, 2000
-- Fitaly 40.12 s  59.82 wpm  Ein  June 20, 2000
-- Fitaly 40.91 s  58.66 wpm  Paul Close  July 17, 2000
12 Fitaly 41.01 s  58.47 wpm  S London  June 19, 2000
13 Fitaly WinCE 41.32 s  58.08 wpm  Alan Perry  June 26, 2000
14 FitalyStamp 42.35 s  56.67 wpm  Bob  July 16, 2000
15 Fitaly 43.29 s  55.44 wpm  Scott Bender  July 15, 2000
16 FitalyStamp 43.15 s  55.61 wpm  Bob Cortopassi  June 26, 2000
17 FitalyStamp 47.17 s  50.87 wpm  Larry Chester  June 20, 2000
18 FitalyStamp 47.35 s  50.68 wpm  Kessler  July 11, 2000
19 Graffiti 48.54 s  49.44 wpm  Mark Tan  June 15, 2000
20 FitalyStamp 49.43 s  48.55 wpm  Adrian Smith  June 19, 2000
21 FitalyStamp 50.68 s  47.35 wpm  Justin Murray  July 10, 2000
22 Qwerty 51.00 s  47.05 wpm  Ted Martin  June 14, 2000
23 Fitaly 53.58 s  44.79 wpm  Mike Blyth  June 20, 2000
24 Fitaly 55.00 s  43.67 wpm  kaiwei  June 14, 2000
25 Fitaly 57.59 s  41.67 wpm  Jo Suzuki  July 17, 2000
26 Qwertz 58.00 s  41.40 wpm  Joachim Boltz  July 6, 2000
-- Qwerty 61.00 s  39.34 wpm  Will Lau  July 2, 2000
27 Graffiti 63.83 s  37.59 wpm  Jerry Kreifels  July 15, 2000
28 Fitaly 64.17 s  37.09 wpm  Richard Smiley  July 11, 2000
-- Graffiti 67.66 s  35.47 wpm  Danny Lin  June 19, 2000
-- Fitaly 68.52 s  35.02 wpm  Kessler  June 26, 2000
29 Graffiti 69.09 s  34.73 wpm  Heather Wardell  July 3, 2000
-- Graffiti 70.50 s  34.40 wpm  Adrian Smith  June 18, 2000
30 Fitaly 72.00 s  33.33 wpm  David Eckhardt  June 22, 2000
31 Graffiti 73.63 s  32.60 wpm  Stephane Negri  June 23, 2000
32 Graffiti 75.33 s  31.86 wpm  Anthony Colletti  July 4, 2000
-- Graffiti 80.90 s  29.67 wpm  Will Lau  June 25, 2000
33 Graffiti 84.99 s  28.24 wpm  Jerome Saint-Clair  June 23, 2000
34 Graffiti 85.01 s  26.40 wpm  dallas  July 10, 2000
35 Graffiti 90.00 s  26.67 wpm  Maurice  June 22, 2000
36 Silkyboard 90.34 s  26.56 wpm  Charles M. Holmes  July 11, 2000
37 Keyboard Hack 91.00 s  26.37 wpm  Melissa (mhao)  July 2, 2000
38 FitalyStamp 93.80 s  25.58 wpm  Manola Märtens  July 4, 2000
39 Graffiti 101.20 s  23.71 wpm  Richard Ross  July 18, 2000
40 Graffiti 101.40 s  23.07 wpm  Scott R. Almas  July 3, 2000
-- Graffiti 105.00 s  22.86 wpm  David Eckhardt  June 22, 2000
41 Graffiti 107.45 s  22.33 wpm  Bonnie Vaughan  June 30, 2000
42 Graffiti 117.45 s  20.43 wpm  Laurent Thaler  June 23, 2000
43 Graffiti 120.00 s  20.00 wpm  Bridget Almas  July 6, 2000
44 Graffiti 130.00 s  18.46 wpm  Jeff Shircel  July 13, 2000
45 Graffiti 136.00 s  17.65 wpm  Markus Bierkandt  June 22, 2000
-- FitalyStamp 162.09 s  14.80 wpm  Charles M. Holmes  July 18, 2000
-- Jot 230.56 s  10.40 wpm  Charles M. Holmes  July 11, 2000

 

Statistics by Method:

Four main methods were used:

  • FitalyStamp was used by 18 entries,
  • Fitaly was used by 13 entries,
  • Graffiti was used by 19 entries,
  • Qwerty was used by 5 entries,

Below are the speeds in actual words per minutes (wpm) achieved with each of the four main methods:

Method Fastest Speed Average Speed Entries
FitalyStamp 81.74 wpm 57.73 wpm 18
Fitaly 74.34 wpm 51.03 wpm 13
Graffiti 49.44 wpm 28.19 wpm 19
Qwerty 47.05 wpm 36.14 wpm 5

And below are the times achieved for each of the four main methods:

Method Fastest Time Average Time Entries
FitalyStamp 29.36 s 49.34 s 18
Fitaly 32.28 s 49.83 s 13
Graffiti 48.54 s 90.95 s 19
Qwerty 51.00 s 70.27 s 5

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 40 wpm and more on a Palm organizer: 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 Fitaly and FitalyStamp.

Even for those who type very fast on a PC, the incremental speed 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 Fitaly and FitalyStamp combined with the convenience of a Palm organizer that is always with you, offers a realistic solution for text entry. What participants of the Dom Perignon II contest have now established is that...

The real purpose of HotSync and ActiveSync is
to transfer from the Palm to the PC!


Final Notes

Prior Contest
A first Dom Perignon Contest was run in July 1998, won by Marcus McRae with an entry at 65 wpm, using Fitaly 1.0. Two years later, with more input methods available, the time had come to reassess what can be achieved on these wonderful handheld machines. This was the purpose of this second iteration of the contest.

Test Paragraph
Here it is again, for those who find the text on the picture too small:

  What you need to do to have a chance to win the contest is to tap this sentence as fast as you can without any error. One more thing you need to have for a valid entry is a witness.  

Videos
Click on to watch our two winners demonstrating their phenomenal technique.


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