GLASGOW, Scotland, May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- KeyPoint Technologies (http://www.keypoint-tech.com/), a provider of innovative text-based input technology, today launches OpenAdaptxt(TM) (http:// www.openadaptxt.org), the first Open Source text input platform for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), software platform providers and developers. Delivering up to 75 per cent reduction in input related costs, OpenAdaptxt(TM) provides added incentive to innovate and improve the quality and effectiveness of text-based user interfaces for all types of devices.
Personal mobile communications devices, such as smartphones, tablets, connected TVs and in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems, are now ubiquitous in people's daily working and personal lives. Depending on the purpose of the device, designers have typically had to make compromises to deliver innovative products, creating an 'Input Gap', where a mismatch exists between the user's desire and need for convenient, speedy and accurate text-based communication versus the capability of the device to meet the need. Historically, OEMs and platform providers have attempted to close the gap with proprietary solutions, imposing licensing costs and little incentive to change or innovate. KeyPoint Technologies has addressed this pain point with OpenAdaptxt(TM), making the source code available to developers and OEMs and providing an opportunity to better close the gap.
"Delivering commercial-quality predictive text input as open source software benefits participants across the mobile/wireless ecosystem," comments Bill Weinberg, principal analyst at LinuxPundit.com. "In launching OpenAdaptxt, KeyPoint Technologies helps OEMs by reducing bill of materials costs, gives platform suppliers and other developers opportunities to innovate in user interface design, and brings a superior user experience to mobile subscribers and owners of all types of mobile devices."
Peter Waller, Chairman of KeyPoint Technologies adds: "The next generation of mobile devices need to be truly personal and 'know' their users in order to learn habits, communication styles and contexts. Combining this with KeyPoint Technologies' extensive linguistics capability and advanced input technology means OEMs are set to revolutionise the mobile device user experience."
Andreas Constantinou, Research Director at Vision Mobile, comments: "Texting is the next most used service after voice with trillions of SMS messages sent each year. Yet in the last ten years we have seen very little innovation in text input technologies. KeyPoint Technologies' move in releasing core parts of its Adaptxt(TM) text input technology under Open Source licensing should attract much needed innovation in this domain."
KeyPoint Technologies is already working with over 20 of the world's leading OEMs to ship its proprietary commercial-grade text-input platform, Adaptxt(TM). The technology significantly enhances the user experience by delivering accurate text prediction and error correction in 50 languages along with personalisation to the user via a number of innovative learning features. With OpenAdaptxt(TM), the company is contributing this linguistics-based next generation technology to the Open Source community, in order to establish an agreed industry standard, break down barriers to innovation and promote the business benefits of using the Open Source platform.
KeyPoint Technologies is also launching a community project to accelerate the development of OpenAdaptxt(TM) at http://www.openadaptxt.org. OpenAdaptxt(TM) is licensed under the commercial-friendly Eclipse Public License v1.0, enabling adopters to freely differentiate on top of the open solution. The organisation will provide support and maintenance contracts and professional services to adopters, with the opportunity to access advanced features and functionality not otherwise available.
About KeyPoint Technologies
For developers, OEMS and platform providers worldwide, KeyPoint Technologies is a trusted partner generating dynamism via Open Source. With its unique business model for input technology, combined with world-class linguistics expertise, the company enables partners developing devices including: Smartphones; Feature phones; Tablets; Connected TVs; In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) system and Point of Sale (POS) systems, to innovate more effectively. KeyPoint Technologies closes the 'Input Gap' to help partners better solve tomorrow's interface challenges. It delivers convenient, consistent and more rewarding user experiences, thus enabling increased speed and accuracy of text-based user input and interaction. KeyPoint Technologies OpenAdaptxt(TM) is the first commercial-grade, Open Source-based text input platform, supporting 50 languages.
Privately-owned, KeyPoint Technologies was founded in 2004 by Sanjay Patel and is based in Glasgow, UK with offices in India and the USA. The company operates globally serving device manufacturers in key markets such as USA, Europe, Korea, Taiwan and Canada.
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