Swype – don’t type!

I’ve never been excited about typing text on my mobile, but a new technology called swype well might change that, and I bet is going to revolutionize the way we all input text on mobiles. Unlike tapping a series of softkeys, you enter text by “connecting” keys. You should check out the demo videos! When I first saw it, it was a “why didn’t anyone think of that before?” moment!

Character recognition has been around for a while, and I have used it on my Palm and iPaq devices previously, but this is a very smart idea. What would take like 6 to 7 strokes for a word using character recognition can be done on a single stroke with swype! This is a game changer. In computer science terms, it is like optimizing from O(n^2) to O(n)!

I was a bit disappointed to see they did not have one for droid, but taking hint from a tech video, I googled it and bingo! there was one unofficial pre-release available. So inspite of the “It might burn down your house or eat your dog” caveat, I downloaded and installed on my droid, and I’m in so love with it!

Now I wonder what will happen if these kids gets a hand on one of these!

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