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Cliff Kushler is the Seattle-based inventor of T9, the cellphone technology that makes texting easier by guessing which word you intended to type. (And makes

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Cliff Kushler, Inventor of T9, Wants to Make Text Messaging as Easy as a Swype

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Cliff Kushler is the Seattle-based inventor of T9, the cellphone technology that makes texting easier by guessing which word you intended to type. (And makes it easier to accidentally write something nonsensical like, "When are you going to the parfait?") Now Kushler tells the New York Times that T9 is so y-e-s-yesterday. The newest, bestest way to mass-text your friends that you just got dumped is something he invented called Swype.

As you can see in the video above, Swype is a natural response to the rise of virtual keyboards on a touch screen, which have replaced actual buttons.

Swype's software detects where a finger pauses and changes direction as it traces out the pattern of a word. The movements do not have to be precise because the software calculates which words a user is most likely trying to spell.

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But Swype's appeal goes beyond mobile phones, said Won Park, director of United States technology sourcing at Samsung.

"It could become the de facto standard for tablets, next-generation TVs or next-generation remote controls," Mr. Park said. "It has tremendous potential."

Unfortunately, tremendous potential or not, Swype still won't prevent you from drunk texting something inappropriate to the underage intern who just became your cubicle neighbor. Nothing short of a complete realignment of your priorities will do that, mister, so shape up.
 
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