Swype – Quick Typing For Smart Phones
Invented by Cliff Kushler, Swype is a new way of typing on smart phones, providing a faster and easier way to input text on any screen. 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—at over 50 words per minute. The application is designed to work across a variety of devices such as phones, tablets, game consoles, kiosks, televisions, virtual screens and more. A key advantage to Swype is that there is no need to be very accurate, enabling very rapid text entry.
“We’ve squeezed the desktop computer, complete with keyboard and mouse, into something that fits in a pocket. The information bandwidth has become very constricted,” says Kushler. “I thought, if we can find a better way to input that information, it could be something that would really take off.”
Swype is now being used on seven smartphones in the United States, across all major wireless carriers, including the HTC HD2 and the Samsung Omnia II. By the end of the year, the company says its software will be on more than 50 models worldwide. The company does not have a deal with Apple, but is working on software for the iPhone and the iPad and hopes to show it soon to Apple.