Archives for the category: Enhanced Keyboards for SMS
August 1, 2012
Apple has been granted a patent for a predictive text keyboard on mobile devices that will automatically increase the size of touch targets without actually doing so visually.
July 5, 2012
Spotted on Core77, a picture of an intelligenatly curved keyboard so as to reach all of the buttons with a single thumb - purportedly from an internal presentation by Microsoft Research.
March 31, 2012
... Computer scientist Hendrik Knoche at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) designed the new smart-phone interface for the farmers together with P.R. Sheshagiri Rao, a farmer in CK Pura who once worked as an agricultural scientist elsewhere in India.
EasySMS app enables illiterate people to read, compose and send text messages - During the course of a mobile interaction design class in 2011 at Lausanne Switzerland's EPFL, students had to come up with an idea for - and design an application on mobile phones - to improve the livelihoods of people living in rural communities in developing countries.
Here is one of their projects: EasySMS which enables illiterate people to read, compose and send text messages. Read full article.
February 25, 2012
The software packages in today's phones often struggle with texts and voice commands if a user attempts words or phrases that aren't included in the phone's database.
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February 14, 2011
Dragon Dictation software maker Nuance launched a mobile application in Europe on Monday that lets users speak, trace or handwrite instructions to their phone instead of typing. Animation Artist reports.
Nuance, the market leader in speech-to-text software, can turn spoken instructions into emails, SMS text messages, Facebook and Twitter updates, web searches, instant messages or anything traditionally done by typing on a keypad or keyboard.
January 5, 2011
CNN on Cliff Kushler who invented a cell phone technology called T9 or predictive text, which helped launch the text messaging phenomenon. And what he's up to next.
Kushler, 58, is rethinking the keyboard again with Swype.
September 2, 2010
July 13, 2010
Linksinternational is launching a stylus pen for the iPhone, called Ozaki iFinger M, in Japan on July 17.
June 21, 2010
Swype’s software detects where a finger pauses and changes direction as it traces out the pattern of a word. The movements do not have to be precise because the software calculates which words a user is most likely trying to spell.
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December 27, 2009
Swype, the new text input technology that allows mobile phone users to enter text with the "swype" of a finger rather than the traditional tap is being challenged by a French startup called Tiki'Labs says that its Tiki'Notes text input technology is actually faster.
And it produced this YouTube video to prove it, comparing Swype's keyboard and the Tiki6Keys' keyboard.
December 13, 2009
Typing text into a mobile phone is fiddly enough in English. How do handsets and their users manage in other languages that have more characters than Latin-based ones? An interesting read from The Economist
November 22, 2009
The technology developed by Swype provides 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.
See Swype demo video her.
January 3, 2009
CleverTexting is a new texting technology that predicts letters as you type. It is based on the statistical nature of a language and is dictionary less.
... Developed in India, CleverTexting introduces a paradigm shift into how we use the mobile keypad, because in this model, there are no letters printed on the keypad. You only look at the screen and type, as the screen keeps making predictions that you choose from in single keystrokes. The experience is new and after a small while you are already typing very fast, always with a single keystroke. No multi-tapping, no wrong word suggestions. No changing modes.
CleverTexting also offers to compress your SMS so you can pack in more text into your same message for the same cost. They are not sure if they are the first ones to be offering such an implementation of SMS compression.
November 6, 2008
"The BTKeyMini is a small, Bluetooth keyboard, designed to fold up and carry in your bag.
September 14, 2008
"Swype will let you swipe your finger across the keyboard when writing. No more lifting your fingers, no more pressing the wrong letters. It will even have support for stylus too, so you will be kind of ice-skating on the surface of your handset. There’s predictive text too and there are lots of editing choices."
[via MobileTopSoft ]
August 25, 2008
Switched has picked up on ban amazing story first reported by the Irish Times, whereby an Irish Air traffic controller helped guide a seriously malfunctioning plane to a safe landing - via text message.
"In an effort to establish any form of contact with someone back on the ground, he phoned a controller at the Cork airport and spoke only momentarily of his troubles before losing voice signal. The quick-thinking controller decided to switch up his conversation method to texting, eventually providing sufficient details to safely guide the pilot in."
July 24, 2008
Newlaunches reports on a virtual iPhone keypad, where a virtual button will imitate the vibrations felt when one uses an actually key.
Developed by researchers from the University of Glasgow's Department of Computing Science, the virtual keypad will enable the user will to feel the edges of each key and will be able to identify where each key is without checking visually.
March 23, 2007
"The numeric pad can turn round to retain the correct orientation when the handset it flipped into landscape mode.
The application details what looks like a standard candybar handset. The clever bit comes when you rotate it through 90°: the screen slides up to reveal a QWERTY keyboard.
... Nokia original filed its patent applicaton back in September 2005, but the filing was updated yesterday."
March 20, 2007
According to Engadget Mobile, Samsung wants the text messaging interfaces - like T9 and Motorola's iTap - and create a Gmail-like "text threaded conversation" using a new guided process for in-phone text messaging services.
"Samsung's new patent includes processes like mapping phone numbers from incoming text messages to stored pictures of the sender and creating SMS threading that emulates an IM interface. " Read more
December 8, 2006
I'm not sure this works with cell phones, or works at all for that matter, but I couldn't pass it up: A protoype of a bluetooth keyboard bag by Eleksen , who's already given us the wonderful Fabric keyboard for computers and other integrated tactile controls for clothing.
October 12, 2006
Now that text-writing has become digital, design-savvy Koreans have paved the way for a growing market for fonts, the style that is used in text design. According to Inside JoongAng Daily, revenue for buying fonts to use on blogs is increasing and graphics firms are developing more Korean fonts.
... "Some of the more popular fonts are those based on the handwriting of celebrities. These "star fonts" took two years to plan and develop, and have been in service since autumn of last year for the Internet and will be available for mobile platforms later this year. Fans of actresses Lee Hyo-lee and Moon Geun-young, or rock star Yoon Do-hyun can choose to "write" like their idols.
... Pyun Suk-hoon, head of Yoon Design, one of Korea's largest commercial typography-developing graphics companies, said that these trends show that fonts are now considered a fashion. Mr. Pyun said that since mobile phones are becoming more technologically advanced, in the future we won't even have to make separate Web fonts because digital platforms will support graphics with fine detail."
September 14, 2006
The new Fastap keyboard integrates letter, number and punctuation keys around the standard numeric keypad on a mobile phone.
July 24, 2006
Eatoni, a comapny which develops software-assisted keyboards for handheld devices, are offering a new EQ3 Qwerty keyboard for mobile phones, available for free for the Nokia 668x range of phones.
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July 18, 2006
The washable wireless fabric keyboar contains a 63-key Qwerty layout, and can be rolled up to form a compact bundle measuring just 48 by 126 by 32mm when not in use."
February 15, 2006
Sony Ericsson showing off its M600 at 3GSM, a 3G e-mail phone with a qwerty keyboard. From the BBC's slideshow: "In pictures: Barcelona 3GSM show".
December 18, 2005
Digital positioning company EPOS has developped a system which allows users to write directly onto non-touchscreen phone.
How cool is that? You can handwrite your text message instead of tapping away.
"The setup consists of a “base station,” (actually just a chip) which can either be embedded in the phone or attached as a peripheral, and a special powered stylus that relays its position to the base station."
November 3, 2005
Samsung Electronics said Tuesday it is releasing what it dubs a “dual QWERTY phone” in the U.S., meaning a mobile phone with a typewriter keyboard as well as an ordinary touchpad that allows it to function almost like a mini laptop PC. [via Digital Chosunilbo]
"This is Samsung’s second phone with a keyboard. The first, the SCH-i730, was described by Business Week as suitable for stock trading. Lee Ki-tae, the head of Samsung’s IT business, said the product was more user-friendly for customers who send frequent text messages."
October 14, 2005
"The service has the potential to make browsing the Web via mobile a far less cumbersome task than before, as users will not have to make so many keypad entires to find what they want online. "
October 5, 2005
Imagine being able to communicate in your own handwriting with your mobile phone, PDA, laptop or PC without any cables. The VPen does just that. It looks like a space age pen, but works like a mouse, pen, keyboard or graphic tablet. IST reports.
"VPen connects to numerous host devices using Bluetooth, which makes it compatible with a wide variety of hosts.
“Instead of clumsily entering SMS or other text through the tiny key pad of the GSM, or scribbling into your PDA, VPen allows users to write naturally on any type of surface,” explains project partner Alberto Zanettin of Philips Consumer Electronics. “The device uses an exclusive handwriting recognition software that processes characters written in many languages.”
October 1, 2005
Phoneyworld reports on a new type of cell phone with a touch screen keypad, being developped in Japan by both NTT DoCoMo and Mitsubishi.