New startup Swype
was a runner-up in the recent techcrunch50 conference. It is a "revolutionary" new way to input for touchscreens.
Basically, instead of typing each individual letter, you draw a line across all letters in the word. To end the word, you pick up your finger (or stylus). It's a very interesting idea, but I really don't know how much better it is then normal OSK (on screen keyboard) inputs.
From there demo, it seems like their algorithm for determining what you are typing is very good. However, I think the same algorithm, adapted to a tapping input method, would be the best.
I understand that taken to an extreme, swype could be faster, because you only have to "tap" once per word, instead of once per letter. However right now I would say we are far from tapping being the speed bottleneck, so the point is kinda moot. Plus tapping I feel is more intuitive, and is easier for double letters, punctuation, and the like.
What do you think, am I wrong, will this be the primary input of my future phone?
P.S. - Don't get me wrong, I thought the technology looked cool when I saw it, but I thought the same thing when I first saw Palm's graffiti input. Heck, I still think graffiti is cool looking, and a neat idea. In reality though, its not the best way to input, and I don't think swype is either.