If you’ve ever tried to type using a cell phone, you’ve probably encountered the T9 system.  It’s the predictive typing system.  So, when you type a letter, you get a list of words you’ve used before that start with that letter.  The more letters you type, the more likely your word will be in the list.  It’s a shorthand way to type on a cell phone.

Now, however, one of the co-developers of T9 has come up with a different, possibly faster way to type — and not only on cell phones.  Swype uses an on-screen keyboard and you literally use your finger or stylus to swipe from letter to letter to create a word. Start again and it knows you’re writing a separate word.  It doesn’t have to be exact; the software has a 65,000 word dictionary and will match your swipes with real words.  If there is a question, it will offer both choices.

The example above shows you how you would track the path of the word “quick.”

Swype Example

Below, you’ll see a video that will give you a better understanding of how it actually works.

The developers are hoping to license this technology on mobile devices (including the iPhone, PDAs), laptops, and tablets.  If you’re interested in knowing when Swype comes to your device, you can sign up for notification.

[from CNET News]


2 responses to “Swype

  1. John Houser November 21, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Hmm, actually I’ve got Swype, in the form of the WritingPad application on my iPhone now. Unfortunately, it turns out that my touch typing muscle memory does not translate into knowing which way to send my finger to get to the next letter in a word. But the interface, with practice does work well.

  2. Christine Peterson November 21, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    Hmmm . . . I couldn’t find anywhere a list of the vendors they’d already worked with. It’s good to know it’s starting to become available. Thanks!

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