The Amazon Kindle Touch is a $99 eBook Reader with an E Ink display and support for touch input. For the most part you use touch to flip pages in books, type on an on-screen keyboard, or navigate through menus or web pages. But game developer Puzzazz has another idea.
The company has developed a new technology it calls TouchWrite which adds support for handwriting recognition to its games.
In other words, you can enter text or numbers by drawing on the screen with your finger instead of tapping on a virtual keyboard.
The first game to feature TouchWrite support is Sodoku Unbound #3. It’s available from Amazon for $2.99 and it can run on the Kindle Touch, Kindle 4, or Kindle Keyboard. But you can only use the handwriting recognition features on the Kindle Touch.
It should be interesting to see whether this technology expands to other types of apps. Because E Ink displays tend to have low screen refresh rates, using on-screen keyboards can be kind of awkward. Scrawling hand-written notes in the margins of eBooks might be faster and easier.