This patented technology is a faster and easier way to input text onto a screen – at over 50 words per minute. The speed derives from the allowance given to the user to be inaccurate. Swype has built-in “intelligence” that does not expect users to hit each letter precisely. As long as the input roughly passes through the letters of the word, Swype would be able to generate it. Also, tracing a smooth, continuous path is much faster than “target-tap-lift-target-tap…”.
The “Swype Operation” as the uses a slider control, with the extremes termed “faster response,” and “sloppier input.” This slider setting controls a broad range of internal parameters that determine the breadth of the initial database search to identify the most likely matching word for each entered input path. It also controls a large number of other thresholds, such as how close the path needs to come near a key in order for that key to be potentially considered as a “match” to the path at that point.
The application is designed to work across a variety of devices such as phones, tablets, game consoles, kiosks, televisions, virtual screens, and more. Kushler is trying to market the Swype as a substitute for the well known T9. Swype Inc. is already taking orders for the software and is hoping to replicate the T9 success.