RIM revolutionized wireless handheld devices in the 1990's with the introduction of a thumb-typing QWERTY keyboard that changed the way mobile users thought about composing messages and entering data. Now RIM's new SureType technology is changing the way people think about typing on mobile phones.
SureType(tm) effectively converges a phone keypad and a QWERTY keyboard to fit elegantly within the size constraints of a traditional mobile phone form factor. Through an integrated keyboard and software system, SureType provides users with an instinctively familiar look and feel and allows them to dial phone numbers and type messages quickly, accurately and comfortably.
The SureType keyboard design incorporates large, optimally placed keys that allow one-handed or two-handed operation. Each key contains a maximum of two letters and the letters are aligned in a standard QWERTY layout. The keyboard works in conjunction with a sophisticated, real-time software system that incorporates a large word database (approximately 35,000 words initially plus the user's address book), linguistic intelligence and advanced learning capabilities to automatically interpret keystrokes and recognize words with a high degree of accuracy. SureType dramatically outshines the traditional multi-tap phone approach, allowing users to concentrate on the message rather than the method.
In addition to incorporating the QWERTY keyboard layout, the SureType keyboard design also incorporates a prominent numerical phone keypad that is centred on the device and allows easy and familiar one-handed phone dialing. Dedicated 'send' and 'end' phone keys are also included for convenience.