The QWERTY keyboard design was created by Sholes and Glidden for their typewriter who sold the rights to E. Remington and
Sons in 1873. Remington's typewriter became the dominant keyboard of the period and other manufacturers followed using the
same keyboard layout. It is thought that the original design was to slow down a proficient typist to prevent jamming of the keys as
they returned to their base position.
Several attempts were made to provide a keyboard that was faster. The most notable was the Dvorak keyboard patented 1936 by
Dr. August Dvorak. It was claimed that it was faster keyboard, but never came into widespread use. It was also made available as
a computer keyboard where the user could switch to the Dvorak where the screen was a touch screen device.
Neither, of the two keyboards addressed the main problem of either keyboard: it was more or less a random arrangement of the
letters and hence was difficult and time consuming to attain any proficiency.
The AEIOU Keyboard overcame this problem by arranging the letters in groups and then arranging the groups in alphabetical
order from left to right across the keyboard. The letters in a group were arranged vertically across the three rows of keys. Vowels
were on the left. Consonants from left to right across the keyboard. Hence, the location of any letter is intuitively obvious where
any letter is located. Vowels on the left, VWXYZ on the far right and remaining letters in the middle. Not a random search through
In addition, the AEIOU method of typing involves typing with only three fingers of each hand. (See video for demonstration.)
The AEIOU Keyboard also offers special advantages in keyboards such as a GPS or Copying Machine, where muscle memory is
lost and the typist must use only one finger.