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SnapKeys 2i: Invisible keyboard for touch devices

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Hello, Habr!

Short prologue

I have no doubt that many of you, dear readers, today have at least one device with a touch screen, where text input with fingers is not the last function.The built-in programs handle the job relatively well. Well, those for whom the standard solutions are not to their taste, third-party developers offer their own.
Among the most popular are, for example :
Swype – is well known for its convenience.
SlideIT – Swype’s twin brother, not much inferior to its competitor.
8pen – created in an attempt to distinguish itself, a product from Google`.
BlindType – a fresh take on the input method acquired by the same Google`.
Many other similar programs have been previously discussed on Habra in one of the articles


Today I would like to squeeze one more player into the fighting ranks, whose name is SnapKeys 2i or ii( imaginary interface – imaginary interface).
First, let’s see a video demonstration.
Impressive, isn’t it?
It actually works by a fairly simple method. At the bottom of the screen, there are four input buttons, two for each finger.
Each of these represents an area labeled in a rather interesting way. The developers have studied in detail each character of the alphabet and revealed 4 features, namely : F, T, Y, V, I and, rather controversially, J – touching the line at one point; X, H, W, A, N, M and K – at two; R, P, Q, D, B, O – based on a closed circle; C, L, Z, U, G, S, E – touching a straight or curved line.
SnapKeys 2i: Invisible keyboard for touch devices
For your convenience, the words that pop up on the screen while you are writing are confirmed with buttons on the sides of the input keys.
Thus, the divided English alphabet of 12 letters for left and 14 letters for right fingers, among which the main auxiliary characters ("@", "-", "`"), the use of competent predictive method, colored buttons (mnemonic memory) gives an excellent opportunity to develop fine motor skills of the thumb, which in turn will favorably affect the learning speed. As you memorize the keys, you can completely turn off the prompt and use the only invisible layer to enter text, which gives a lot of advantages.
You can chat without taking your eyes off the video (TV-Game Texting),
or even blindly search for and run music on your device (Music On Demand).


The creator of this miracle (in the past 4K) is an Israeli company with the same name SnapKeys, which spent a lot and 11 years on the development. Now the company is working with Philips and trying to get their program to equip commercially available devices with touchscreens.
Special characters are entered by holding your finger on the button and then sliding towards the desired one in a pop-up window. The internal dictionary contains about 100 thousand words. Russian language support.
Unfortunately, the site section of FAQ says that negotiations with the largest vendors of tablets and smartphones, so while the application is not available. But support for Android, iOS and Windows Mobile(?) is announced.
A working version was demonstrated this winter, at CES, as well as at CTIA, where it won the "Best of CTIA Wireless 2011 Finalist" award.
Here, by the way, is a detailed demonstration video from that very CTIA:
As a bonus, the website has demo where you can try out the minimal features right from your browser.
UPD: By the way they’re also read Hubr =)

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