The Dasher Project
Posted Nov 20, 2003 18:47 UTC (Thu) by zone
Parent article: The Dasher Project
Absolutely fabulous piece of software. Not something you're going to want to code with, but this is exactly what you want to use on your cell phone for text messages.
After only 10 minutes of practicing, I timed myself writing the phrase 'what time do you want to meet tonight'. In Dasher, it took 39 seconds, on my cell phone with autocomplete, 40 seconds. The Dasher time is skewed though, because it had already learned that I like to type 'time', 'meet' and 'tonight' rather than 'the', 'me', and 'to', which appeared to be the favored defaults.
And besides the time factor, it flows just like speaking. I lost my train of thought twice when using my cell phone because of the disconnect between punching keys and forming a sentence, but with Dasher it was completely natural.
I haven't felt like gushing about a new technology in a long time, but this one definitely deserves it. I hope the cell phone and PDA manufacturers pick this up.
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