Microsoft Bypasses Text-Entry Problems

Microsoft Research is trying to get round the problem of text entry on the tiny touchscreens found on smartwatches. It described the problem by explaining that, on a 1.6″ screen, a keyboard with 10 keys would have buttons less than 3mm wide. Because of this, a prototype ‘keyboard’ app (Analog Keyboard) has been developed that can recognise handwriting. The beta version of the app is available to download now on Android Wear, for use on square screens (320 x 320) and the circular Motorola Moto 360.