Dryft wants to make typing on a tablet easier

September 10, 2013
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If typing on a tablet is something that troubles you, the team at Dryft has a solution. At TechCrunch Disrupt SF, Dryft co-founder Randy Marsden set out to convince the judges their keyboard would make two-handed typing on a tablet more intuitive, and simple.

If Dryft sounds a bit like Swype, that’s because Marsden co-founded both. Much like Swype, Dryft intends to make their keyboard part of your firmware, not a downloadable app. “We don’t see this as an App Store app”, Marsden said, noting they would need OEMs to get on board to make their dream a reality.

The concept is pretty straight forward: the keyboard pops up where your fingers hit the screen. With capacitive ten-finger touch a reality on just about all tablets, this makes a bit of sense. The keyboard will continue to pop up where you rest your fingers, meaning you no longer have to adjust to the layout your tablet designates, or even ask that a keyboard be brought up.

A bit kitsch (it looks like an old-school typewriter), and a bit refreshing, Dryft could be the keyboard overlay tablet typists have been looking for. Marsden notes some developers want to license it for their apps, and they’re willing to offer up the SDK for mobile developers of any platform. Alas, no word on whether any OEMs are interested yet.

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