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Swype: A new technology to type

Saturday, December 5, 2009
Couple of days ago, Swype announced new text prediction technology for touch phones. With one continuous finger or stylus motion across the screen keyboard, the patented technology enables users to input words faster and easier than other data input methods (adept users can reach typing speeds of 30-50 words per minute).

For example, to spell the word "phone" you would place your finger on the "p" and then (while keeping pressure on the screen) slide your finger to the "h", "o" and so on. When the user lifts her/his finger, the word will appear in the text box. If there are multiple matches to a given pattern on the keyboard, Swype will offer suggestions that can be easily inserted into a text box.

Swype offers many important features to enable very rapid text entery, such as the following:

-      Auto spelling correction: Swype will even correct misspelled words, so you don't need to be very accurate.

-      Auto spacing: Swype automatically enters spaces for you in front of each word.

-      Capitalization shortcut: you can cpitalize any letter in a word by sliding your finger from the letter to the top of the keyboard then continue entering the rest of the word.

-      65,000-word Learning Dictionary: most of the words you type are already in the Swype dictionary. But if it isn’t, just tap it out once followed by a space, and Swype will automatically learn it for next time.

Swype was created by Cliff Kushler, co-inventor of the T9 predictive text technology, which is currently used on over 4 billion mobile phones worldwide.

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