Soon You will Get “keyless keyboard” for your Mobile Computing

By Dipankar Das, Gaea News Network
Friday, September 17, 2010

mobile_computing Israel’s Snapkey, $4 million privately funded company,  developed a technology, “Keyless Keyboard” that makes mobile computing easier by letting users type on invisible keys instead of a keyboard that usually takes much space on the screen. The company cut a deal with Philips Electronics to market the product and the revenue will be split at 50:50. SnapKeys and Philips have started  to approach to the top mobile device and computer companies about using its keyless keyboard. The company claims that the system will work on all Windows, Symbian and Android-based devices.

The keyboard has four invisible keys, two on each side of the device’s screen — each has six to seven letters. There are other keys for numbers, punctuation and symbols. Users press the invisible keys with their thumbs and the system predicts the words. At first, the location of the keys seems to be on the screen.  But, users will later learn the location of letters and will not need the overlay for long.

SnapKeys also claims that its English version has about 100,000 words and is 92 percent accurate. If the word isn’t correct, you can change it. The system will offer all European languages as well as Chinese. An Indian version is getting under progress.

“There is a fundamental problem in entering data on mobile devices,” SnapKeys Chief Executive Benjamin Ghassabian told Reuters. “Keyboards were meant for fixed devices, not mobile. And screens are not supposed to be your input device; they are supposed to be output.”

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