One fierce set of opinions and insights on touch screen and display enhancement technology.

Swype – Text Input for Touch Screens

Well I have Touch Guy to thank for today’s topic: Swype
Swype - Text input for touch screensNo longer will we twype type. Now we will Swype! It is still in beta testing, but once you and your phone get the hang of it, it’s pretty cool and definitely has the potential to speed up texting (like teens these days need any help with that…).  And now that I’m back to texting on my iPhone (no Swype for iPhone yet) I’m realizing that Swype is easier on my thumbs too.

Anyways, Swype runs on the Android platform and is intended to shorten text input times (good for all the slow texters or typers out there, aka Tech Girl’s mom) and says it can do over 40 words per minute on touch screen devices. With one continuous finger or stylus motion across the touch screen keyboard, the technology enables users to input words faster and easier than other data input methods and is designed to work on a variety of devices such as phones, tablets, game consoles, kiosks, TVs, virtual screens and more. Swype is a pretty intelligent program and doesn’t require a lot of accuracy which allows for very rapid entry.

My coworker, Super Tech Geeky Girl, likes Swype but has discovered that it is difficult to Swype with one hand, which may potentially hinder her texting while driving. Hmm… We both found that Swype has a hard time determining words with double letters (like the word “letter”), but Swype seems to have the ability to learn new words, so hopefully this challenge will diminish over time.

Swype is being installed on all sorts of new Android devices and I do think it’s the future of twyping. I have seen the future and it looks a lot like Swype.

Wanna know more about Swype? Visit their website.

Have you used Swype? What did you think? Let me know!

Touchless Gestures – the next frontier of touch technology

Big changes in touch and interactivity are coming quickly (see the Top 5 Touch Trends segment) and the concept of “touchless gestures” or enhanced motion recognition has the potential to change a lot of what we know about touch. The good news for touch screen manufacturers is that this touchless technology is a long way off  from claiming any sizable share of the marketplace for a couple of reasons:

1)  Let’s face it, touchless gestures are not yet practical for many touch screen applications.
2)  These emerging technologies are still largely in their infancy.
3)  The market hasn’t found a good place for them yet.

But touchless gestures are a cool idea, and are, no doubt, part of our interactive future. The popularity of Nintendo’s Wii, has demonstrated the need for enhanced motion recognition and digital interaction with display devices. And now Sony, with the Move, and Microsoft, with Kinect, have signaled a substantial response to the Wii, enabling much more sophisticated interactive capabilities [Mark Fihn, Top 5 Touch Trends].

This video below from the Virtopsy Project shows that there is, in fact, huge potential for these motion recognition devices and demonstrates how Microsoft’s Kinect can be used to control a Medical PACS system. I dont think the technology is quite where it needs to be, but the Virtopsy Project presents some real food for thought.

See the Virtopsy Project in motion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6CT-YDChmE

Signing out.

Touch Girl.

Top 5 Touch Trends

Top 5 Touch TrendsTouch trends you need to know to keep your business on track
By Mark Fihn, Veritas et Visus

Highlighting some of the exciting developments that will likely expand the touch market over the next few years, Mark Fihn, Veritas et Visus, gives you the inside scoop to keep your business ahead of the curve. Fihn forecasts where the market is headed, which technologies are showing strong growth and what touch products are on the rise. Read the full article to learn more.