Real Life Minority Report Technology – Interview with CEO of 5 Examples, Bjorn Jawerth
Remember how in awe most of us were to see Tom Cruise waving his hands in thin air to orchestrate messages and images in the movie Minority Report? While some were excited merely to see Tom Cruise, others of us were engaged by the idea of next generation communication advancing to the point of being screenless. Presenting at this week’s Social Loco Conference in San Francisco, one company showed us how similar new technology is taking form.
In an exclusive interview with Technorati, CEO of the company 5 Examples, Dr. Bjorn Jawerth, shared with me his products and inspiration. 5 examples, inc., is a supplier of innovative solutions for the mobile market and the parent company of the TIO product family. TIO is ten in Swedish. Because ten fingers are often used when interacting with different devices, ten becomes a natural basis for the construction of these user interfaces.
TIO’s products are built on an intelligent platform that both developers and end-users may draw on to create customized keyboards and user interfaces. Using a proprietary prediction engine called CSP (pronounced “cusp”) the company’s tools use advanced pattern matching, natural language processing, and machine learning to deliver next generation device interfaces. This week the company announced TIO Flix and TIO Squiggle. Both products provide a gesture-based interface for text and data entry, enabling a new way to interact with today’s spectrum of devices.
TIO Flix is a simple gesture-based interface to the TIO text-entry keyboards. It allows users to utilize “flicks” or quick and short finger movements for basic interactions. For example, to erase a word to the left of the cursor, the “left flick” or a quick movement to the left is used.