Swype co-founder wants to reinvent tablet typing with Dryft

by Doug Drinkwater

September 10 2013

Dryft is now talking with OEMs and developers with a view of coming to market in 2014
Dryft is now talking with OEMs and developers with a view of coming to market in 2014

Typing on your tablet may be about to get a whole lot better if Randy Marsden gets his way. The Swype co-founder has announced a new venture, Dryft, which aims to make typing on a tablet as easy as it is on a notebook.

Announced at TechCrunch’s Disrupt conference in San Francisco, Marsden detailed how Dryft overlays a virtual QWERTY keyboard on the screen as soon as you’ve rested all eight-fingers on the display, and went onto to explain how it uses the tablet’s touch sensor and accelerometer to judge when you are typing or simply resting your palms.

The keyboard neatly fits around your fingers and keys can be adjusted in size, while Dryft says that this -- and the improved autocorrect accuracy -- enables users to type up to 80 words per minute.

When showcasing Dryft on an Android tablet app at the conference, Marsden said that the service will significantly improve virtual tablet typing, an area which he says has been problematic for some time.

“You see all these people using these Bluetooth keyboards with their tablets,” said Marsden. “And they’re basically turning those things back into laptops. This is the market saying there’s a problem.”

Dryft is to launch sometime in 2014, with the company planning to license its patented technology to all key operating systems and app developers. 

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  • John Swain
    10 months 2 weeks ago

    Brilliant.......my recommendation.......from a "hold" to a "buy."

    They are not selling a product that must compete in a cut-throat hardware marketplace, but innovating a "solve" to an existing "problem."

    As many of you who have read my remarks concerning Microsoft's inability to profit within the hardware arena, Dryft has taken a page from Microsoft's profitable entity.....licensing. They invent it "once", and market it "many." There is no downside risk to a competitor's hardware innovation, and they are protected within the marketplace by patent and copyright laws.

    The strategy is to sell it to every tablet maker, rather than market their own tablet.

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