Swype Co-Founder Launches Dryft to Bring New Typing Solution to Tablets. Typing solutions are an after-thought in today’s tablet because they only utilize the touch senor in the tablet. This single sensor approach makes it difficult for users to rest their fingers on the keys because it is impossible for the onscreen keyboard to tell the difference between when the user resting their fingers or typing. Dryft takes a different approach. Its patented innovation not only uses the touch sensors but also the accelerometer sensor in the tablet to tell the difference between the user resting and typing. This dual sensor approach allows users to type faster and more naturally. Dryft is also the industry’s first dynamic keyboard that automatically forms the keys around the user’s fingers, eliminating the need to feel the keys.
Dryft was founded by Randy Marsden and Rob Chaplinsky. Randy is the original inventor and co-founder of Swype and Rob is the managing partner of Bridgescale. They are joined by former Swype team members and other leaders in the touch interface world.
“Swype set the standard for fast text input on smartphones. The need for effective text input on tablets is even greater, creating an incredible opportunity for Dryft,” states Randy Marsden, co-founder of Dryft.
Dryft is the catalyst that can enable the paradigm shift from notebooks to tablets.
“As portable computing moves from laptops to tablets, the core productivity app of the knowledge worker, email, is moving with it. Handle strives to let our customers work as fast as they can think and we’re excited to be partnering with Dryft to deliver on that promise for composing messages.” said Shawn Carolan, co-founder of Handle and Managing Director at Menlo Ventures.
The product is in beta development and the company is actively seeking OEM customers, developers, and investors.
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