On a mobile device, such as a cellphone or tablet computer, Swype texting involves the use of Swype input technology for creating text messages. Used with a touch-sensitive, on-screen QWERTY keyboard, Swype enables you to spell words by swiping your fingertip in one continuous motion along the path of the word you want to type.
Billed as "a faster and easier way to input text on any screen," Swype technology is designed to provide users with a quick method to type words into text messages. Swype Inc. says its technology enables users to enter words at a rate of up to 40 words per minute. In addition to mobile phones and tablet computers, the technology is designed to work on an assortment of devices, including game consoles, televisions and kiosks.
Swype technology contains built-in intelligence that does not require you to hit each letter on a keyboard accurately while typing a text message. Depending on the type of screen, Swype technology can be employed using your fingertip or a stylus. On touch capacitive screens, which are designed to work with the touch of human flesh only, you can only use your fingertip with Swype. On touch resistive screens, any appropriately sized stimulus will activate Swype technology. Swype is available in several languages and supports common editing actions.
The Swype application is a tightly written program that occupies less than 1MB of memory and is made up of an input path analyzer, word-matching search engine with accompanying word database and a user interface. The application's word database is comprised of more than 65,000 words. Swype features a built-in statistical tracker that allows you to see your average input speed. Designed to include little to no learning curve, the application does offer an in-program tutorial that teaches the basics of using the program. Similar to word processing applications such as Microsoft Word, Swype automatically corrects commonly misspelled words, such as "friend." To improve input speeds, Swype automatically inserts a space between words and produces a pop-up window when a swiped word could be one of several words that follow the same or similar path.
Swype Inc. and its technology were created by Cliff Kushler and Randy Marsden in 2002. Kushler is the co-creator of T9 predictive text technology, which can be found in many mobile phones. Marsden is the developer of the on-screen keyboard for Microsoft Windows operating systems and is an expert in the field of assistive and alternative input technology. Swype Inc. is headquartered in Seattle.