Swype Co-Founder Launches Dryft for Typing on Tablets
Randy Marsden was one of the co-founders of Swype, which is one of the most popular keyboard entry systems for the smartphone. Teaming up with collaborator Rob Chaplinsky, he has now launched Dryft which is meant to be a typing solution for tablets.
At present, typing on tablets functions by utilizing the touch sensor in the device. Dryft however takes a new approach and employs both the touch sensor and the accelerometer to ascertain when the user is just resting his fingers or typing. This allows Dryft to provide users the option to "rest" their hands on the tablet's keyboard much like they would with an actual keyboard.
Dryft is also a dynamic keyboard which means that the keys on the tablet are automatically formed around the user's fingers. In addition the Dryft keyboard is transparent so that users can continue to see the content below the virtual keyboard on their tablets. The new tablet keyboard app is also stated to be work seamlessly with existing language models to help disambiguate inaccurate typing.
Currently in the beta development stage, Dryft is actively seeking OEM customers, developers, and investors.