Apple Nabs New Touchscreen Correcting Technology Patent
With the increasing popularity of mobile devices, it’s just a matter of time before we all start typing on touchscreens. And Apple is doing everything it can to make the transition comfortable for everyone.
On Thursday, Apple revealed a patent application that will improve the accuracy of the touchscreen keyboards, adjusting aspects of the design and key sizes to that of the specific user. What’s even better is that the user doesn’t need to do anything, except sit back and let the “Touch Correcting Keypad” adjust to its user’s typing patterns by either altering the input regions the device recognizes or changing the keypad’s visual representation altogether.
Apple released the patent in a press release last week.
“Disclosed embodiments relate to an adaptable touch keypad that adapts a key layout based at least in part upon detected typographical usage patterns of a user. The key layout may include an input region and graphic representation region for each key of the adaptable touch keypad. A processor of an electronic device may monitor for usage patterns of the adaptable touch keypad over time. The processors may modify the key layout based upon the usage of patterns.”
The new idea comes on the heels of users complaining about either the size of the keys coming in too small or the overall sensitivity of the keypad. The Touch Correcting Keypad will hope to solve these issues to eventually make a better typing experience for everyone.
This is not the first time Apple has integrated a new feature with the keypad. The tech giant integrated predictive text into its iOS software keyboard to compensate for the lack of keys in earlier additions.
While many believe this may be too far-fetched to be launched within an iOS release anytime soon, it may be a reality for Apple in the future. But they better work on it fast. Both BlackBerry and Google are working on a better way to accurately predict your keystrokes with the design of the new Z10 and the Swype-like text entry method, respectively.
[per: Apple Insider]
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