Sweary is it? Can anyone expand on that?
Apple's iPhone can now understand hand-written letters, after an application initially developed to allow input of Chinese characters was tweaked to make it understand English. The application is very much an alpha release, and users are advised to take backups before installing. Once installed it offers an interface that will …
Hope it's better than their earlier attempt... Cue one of my favourite jokes...
Q) How many Apple Newton owners does it take to change a light bulb?
A) Faux! Their to eat lemons, axe gravy soup.
Sorry, it's the one with the Motorola 8500 in the pocket.
Is there a real use for it? I can see the use for chinese, but I can't see the use for english - you'll be using a finger so you'll probably draw each letter quite big for it to be recognised, and from previous use of tablet PCs they're usually quite slow. Once you get used to typing with the iPhone you can usually be quite fast - three finger typing is about as fast as normal typing on a full keyboard. Surely it'll be awful for passwords as well - if you can see what you're typing so can everyone else, but if you can't then how do you know it's doing it right?
Well done to the guys that developed it - I just can't see much of a use for it.
Once you have handwriting recognition capability for hanzi, then spotting japanese, korean, thai, even arabic characters is a simple change. Start with the most complicated first, yes?
If you don't use that, then sending 520 is to your girlfriend is good, sending 5201314 is better. But sending 748 to anyone is very very bad.
Hm. I wasn't paying attention to the iPhone. I thought it already did handwriting.
My experience of the Newton was that a) I couldn't afford it, and b) it could read *my* handwriting. All these people who complained about the Newton must have been really scruffy writers. They probably got "sp. See me" in red in the margin all the time at school.
They avoid any instances for the number 4 as it sounds like "death". Ironically, one of the "best luck" numbers is 666 ;)
There are some articles on the 'net and/or Wikipedia that talk about this particular custom.
As a former Palm and HP Jornada PocketPC user, I don't think of using a "finger-based" handwrite recognition system in the near future ... stylus-based was bad enough!