Feeds

Sending out an SMS just got a lot quicker

Maths whizz-kid designs predictive text-entry system

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

Letterwise is a predictive text-entry solution that its developer, Eatoni Erogonomics, claims will overcome the 'bottleneck' to SMS messaging by reducing the number of key taps needed to enter text on a numeric keypad.

The software is not dictionary based, rather it is founded in the patterns of language. It uses statistical patterns to guess which letter will come next. For example, if you tap in 'q', and then hit the eight key, the best guess will be that you want the letter 'u'. This means that it is a lot smaller than its rivals' offerings, and requires only 3KB of space. T9, for example, requires about 60KB.

Howard Gutowitz, the founder of Eatoni, reckons that this will reduce the number of extra clicks to 18 per cent, as opposed to around two-and-a-half times the number of letters required using multi tap. Gutowitz developed the system while he was a professor of Maths in Paris.

It has been approved by the regulatory body of SIM card manufacturers and as of April 2001 all new cards will be capable of using it. Eatoni is currently involved in negotiations with manufacturers who it says find the idea "very desirable".

The company says it would like to market the software in due course, as a service, rather than as a product. Gutowitz went on: "We would expect the carriers to generate revenue with this by charging for it as a service like call forwarding. At the moment our competitor, AOL, has tied it into the phone as a product so we have to go with that at the moment, but we don't think it is really maximising the revenue."

Eatoni is not impressed with many of the rivals to its product. For example, Gutowitz describes the idea of abandoning DNS in favour of IP addresses as "a gigantic step backwards", pointing out that the reason DNS was introduced in the first place was to make it easier to remember the address of a site. ®

Related Links

Eatoni's Letterwise
FT: time called on numbers game

Related Story

Numeric domain name system launched

SANS - Survey on application security programs

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?
NoSQL taste great at first but lacks proper nutrients, says startup cloud whiz
IRS boss on XP migration: 'Classic fix the airplane while you're flying it attempt'
Plus: Condoleezza Rice at Dropbox 'maybe she can find ... weapons of mass destruction'
Ditch the sync, paddle in the Streem: Upstart offers syncless sharing
Upload, delete and carry on sharing afterwards?
New Facebook phone app allows you to stalk your mates
Nearby Friends feature goes live in a few weeks
Microsoft TIER SMEAR changes app prices whether devs ask or not
Some go up, some go down, Redmond goes silent
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.