Thanks to clever marketing, people are somehow motivated to walk around with their tablets. A large smartphone is one thing, but once it doesn’t fit in your pocket forget about it. This unlucky woman thought it would be a good idea to use her iPad by the dolphin exhibit at SeaWorld. The dolphin was apparently curious about the expensive tablet, because it snatched it right out of the woman’s hands!
The Cicret Bracelet has great ambitions. In their debut commercial, the company proposes a simple bracelet that the user wears that can turn their arm into a touch sensitive tablet with a mini-projector. Check your email in the bathtub, or directions while biking, all with a simple swipe on your forearm. But is it possible? As they should be, viewers are skeptical, but that hasn’t stopped this commercial from going viral with over 4 million hits in two months.
The smartphone has truly changed the world. But there’s one function that is holding everything back. The keyboard.
It’s based on the huge typewriter from ages ago, so why are we still pretending we can fit it on a tiny screen?
Enter Minuum. Minuum is basically a smart QWERTY keyboard for touch screen smartphones and tablets. All the letters are spread across a banner at the bottom of the screen instead of taking up to nearly a 1/3 of the screen.
“With Minuum, typing fast is not a problem. When you’re typing, you don’t always hit the letter you aimed for. And there’s nothing wrong with that.”
Minuum’s smart technology makes auto-correct seem ancient as it dynamically adapts and anticipates what the user is typing no matter how fast they type.
But it gets better. With the new technology, we may soon be able to throw away the keyboard entirely. Imagine ‘typing’ with your watch or a video game control with lightening speed and accuracy.
SwiftKey is another interesting reinvention of typing on a smartphone, but not nearly as dramatic.