Per Ola Kristensson | Impact / Press

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The story behind ShapeWriter and gesture keyboard technology. (You may even have this technology on your mobile phone!) Read about a research project that led to numerous press articles, awards, and a tech start-up that was successfully acquired by Nuance Communications in 2010.


This is a selection of press articles about my work. For a complete list, click here.

Improving predictive text. The Naked Scientists (BBC, ABC Australia). Mariana-Cristina Marasoiu and Chris Smith, October 15, 2019.
Here's how to type faster on your phone. The New York Times. Heather Murphy, October 4, 2019.
Life after QWERTY. The Atlantic. Eleanor Smith, October 23, 2013.
New computing devices are inspiring new ways to input text. MIT Technology Review. Ted Greenwald, August 21, 2013.
Kalq offers Qwerty alternative for tablets. Wired UK. Duncan Geere, June 8, 2013.
Users Are Better Off Designing Their Own UI Gestures. Fast Company's Co.Design. Mark Wilson, April 30, 2013.
Think Gestural Interactions Suck? Design Your Own. MIT Technology Review. John Pavlus, April 26, 2013.
Will the Kalq keyboard finally spell the end for qwerty?. The Guardian. Oliver Wainwright, April 25, 2013.
Thumbs Up As Researchers Develop New Tablet-Friendly Keyboard, The KALQ. Fast Company. Addy Dugdale, April 25, 2013.
KALQ thumb-type keyboard takes on Qwerty. BBC News Scotland. April 25, 2013.
KALQ Is A New Split-Screen Keyboard Layout Designed To Speed Up Thumb Typing On Tablets & Big Phones. TechCrunch. Natasha Lomas, April 24, 2013.
Software Makes Multiple Screens Less Distracting. MIT Technology Review. John Pavlus, April 2, 2013.
'Diff Displays' Computer Program Can Tell When You Aren't Looking At Your Screen. The Huffington Post. Hunter Stuart, March 18, 2013.
Crowdsourcing improves predictive texting. New Scientist, pages 24-25. Duncan Graham-Rowe, February 22, 2012.
Correct me if I'm wrong.... The Economist's Tecnology Quarterly. September 2, 2010.
Innovation: The mobile future of the keyboard. New Scientist. Colin Barras, April 2, 2009.
Top iPhone Applications. Time Magazine. August 19, 2008.
Eight Top Tech Trends in '07: Let Your Fingers Do the Writing: ShapeWriter. BusinessWeek. Olga Kharif, January 29, 2007.
Digitales Kalligrafie. Die Zeit (Germany). Niels Boeing, September 1, 2005.
Total recall boosts PDA writing. BBC News World Edition. Alfred Hermidia, August 15, 2005.
Do not ditch the stylus just yet. New Scientist. Clint Witchalls, July 30, 2005.
Shark streamlines writing interfaces. The Irish Times. July 29, 2005.
New Way of Writing - Text entry software spells relief for weary Blackberry thumbs. San Jose Mercury News. Mike Langberg, July 15, 2005.
Trying to Make the Pen as Mighty as the Keyboard. The New York Times. Aaron Ricadela, November 11, 2004.
Shorthand-Aided Rapid Keyboarding. October 28, 2004.
Making more of handhelds. San Jose Mercury News. Dan Gillmor, April 9, 2003.