Following the large attention the 8pen™ has received since its launch, we would like to clarify the legal issues involved in copying the 8pen™, either directly or with variations. Please be aware that any form of copying the 8pen™ violates intellectual property, and may result in legal charges.
Making the Dasher interface a rotary display was a stroke of design genius which required significant out-of-the-box thinking. Once you see see 8pen, it's obvious that it's the superior approach to a Dasher-style interface on a mobile form factor.
Do it!!! Five years down the line, a patent litigator hunting for prior art will hire you as a consultant for $400/hr.
Switching to Android made me basically hate texting - the loss in accuracy that comes from a software keyboard drives me absolutely crazy. I tried Swype and didn't find it intuitive at all, but I'm giving 8pen a shot, and I kind of like it.
Graffiti was awesome, and has been out for Android since July. Yay 1999! Boo, future!
This sounds like a stenotype, like court reporters use. They're pretty fast! yt
Delmoi: what makes the 8pen concept special, and different from the examples you cite, is the combination of the adaptive character positions (a la Dasher) with a pie menu. I have no comment to offer on any IP or prior art issues.
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