Thursday, June 11, 2009

iPhone and Pre Keyboards to be Replaced by Air Writing?

For all those people who complain about having to use the iPhone's on-screen keyboard, or for those who complain about having to use the Pre's dinky-winky, itty-bitty and cramped keyboard, well there's hope that you may not have to complain for much longer.

That's all because of some very, very clever Duke university students - students that have developed, what they believe is a much better way of writing down something on your iPhone or your Pre's master piece, something called - air writing! Yes, you read that right - air writing.

The actual program is called PhonePoint Pen, and by using the built in accelerometers, as found in both the iPhone and the Pre, these big-brained students have devised a way of actually writing down things on your mobile by simply wiggling your little bitty finger or phone in the air!

Cool, way, way - cool! Way to go guys.

Unfortunately, for now at least, even though as cool as it sounds, the system is still in it's infancy and requires that you pause between gestures. But don't worry, I'm sure that these, ten-million times smarter than I, genius's will improve upon their fantastic concept in the near future, and thereby making writing on tiny devices as natural as breathing.

As you can see from the YouTube video above, this system, once perfected, should make using mobile inputting so much more natural, so much faster, easy and pleasant, that maybe both on-screen and physical keyboards may be finally put out to pasture, or at least relegated just as a back up system.

So could air writing really replace keyboards, or even speech recognition? That I don't know, of course, but it certainly sounds very interesting and promising, so here's hoping.

And that's my 2 cents 4 this Thursday, June 11, 2009

Thanks to Engadget and Yahoo

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