What his T9 predictive text entering system was to numeric cell phone keypads, inventor Chris Kushler hopes Swype will be to touch screens. And it may just be.
It looks intuitively simple: if you want to enter a word, just zip your finger or stylus along the onscreen keyboard from letter to letter. A 65,000 word dictionary will make its best guess as to what word is spelled out by the keys traced during your finger's path. Capitals are handled by an upwards of downwards finger jerk. Kushler says he can average 55wpm by Swyping.
It's such a great looking little system that it makes me wonder why Pocket PCs didn't have this 5 years ago. Kushler hopes to get various mobile phone manufacturers onboard, since his technology will work best when embedded on the system level. Let's hope he has some luck: this looks like a huge improvement over treating he touchscreen keyboard like a real one.
One question: can Swype handle Lopadotemachoselachogaleokranioleipsanodrimhypotrimmatos ilphioparaomelitokatakechymenokichlepikossypho phattoperisteralektryonoptekephalliokig klopeleiolagoiosiraiobaphetraganopterygon? I like to use that as the suggested dish when sending pleading texts for dinner dates.