What is Lightkey’s Sound Assistance
Lightkey's Sound assistance feature was specifically designed to help users who focus on their keyboard while typing. Once activated, Lightkey will play a subtle sound to signify the user each time a high-impact suggestion is available and displayed on the screen, allowing users higher productivity.
Why Sound Assistance
Unlike the mobile platform which in most cases incorporates a touch keyboard as part of the screen, our PC keyboard and screen are physically separated. This physical separation inevitably results in having roughly two types of users – those who focus on the screen while typing and those who focus on the keyboard.
It doesn't require deep analytical skills to assume that users who focus on the keyboard are likely to miss Lightkey’s suggestions displayed on their screens. The question therefore is how many of the users are ‘keyboard-focused’? A survey we conducted among our users revealed that a little more than 40% of them define themselves as focusing on the keyboard while they type, while the rest focus on the screen.
How It Works
The idea is to expand Lightkey's means of communication with users by bringing their hearing sense into play; an extremely subtle sound notification will give the user that gentle ‘tap on the shoulder’ essentially letting them know there’s a high-impact time & energy-saving prediction they might like to consider. As the user grows confidence working with Lightkey, we anticipate that the sound cue will trigger a reflex-like Tab hit response, potentially even skipping the screen verification step.
Bringing this idea from concept to reality is challenging, as it’s a fine line between a subtle sound assistance and an annoying sound disturbance. It took time and a lot of trial and error to choose what we feel is a correct and balanced sound assistant that delivers a smooth experience. Nevertheless, we decided to deliver sound assistance as an opt-in feature with adaptive capabilities to change its behavior based on the user’s interaction.
How To Activate Lightkey's Sound Assistance
Sound assistance can be easily activated using the master switch located in the main dashboard in Lightkey’s Control Center. This feature is not turned on by default.