Google buys BlindType for its mobile keyboard technology

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Google's acquired BlindType, a San Francisco startup whose product apparently reads the mind of rubbish typists.

BlindType predicts what a phone user is attempting to type from the proportional distance between the points at which their fingers hit the screen, adapting to the user's individual style as it goes through a predictive algorithm.

It "allows for super sloppy typing," says the company, claiming that it's more accurate than any comparable system.

The company says the user doesn't even need to be able to see the screen, and that the technology can work with any language and any keyboard layout.

It's similar to the Swype system which is currently available for Android, with an iPhone version in the pipeline.

BlindType has demonstrated its own technology for the Apple iPhone already, as well as Android devices; there's no word on whether it will sell the system for both platforms.

"We know that typing on your mobile device can be a frustrating experience, which is why we've worked hard to make touch typing easier and faster than ever - the way it should be," says BlindType in a blog post.

"We're excited to join Google, and look forward to the great opportunities for mobile innovation that lie ahead."

The value of the deal wasn't given.