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Siine, a Spain/UK-based developer of software that aims to change the way we communicate using touch-screen phones and tablets, has raised £550,000 (roughly $880,000) in seed funding from Atomico Ventures, the investment vehicle established by Skype founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis.

The company says it has created unique systems that make it easier for people to type and transfer text via touch-screen devices, reducing the number of keystrokes required to use virtual, on-screen keyboards. That pitch, of course, sounds eerily similar to Swype‘s.

The company’s taking a different route, though, building on research in linguistics and communications to create a graphical UI where users tap on suggested symbols to convey their meaning instead of having to type individual letters.

I’ve briefly seen the software, which is currently in alpha testing stage, in action at the Le Web conference last December, and have to admit I was very intrigued. I’m due to learn more about Siine at next week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

From what I can gather, Siine will launch its software for the Android platform first, this quarter, and is already working with users of the Galaxy Tab, Galaxy S and HTC Desire.

The startup, based in Barcelona and London, was founded in 2007 by Ed Maklouf, who studied Group Communications at Stanford University and went on to develop games, music, and voting technologies.

Local angel investors, including former FC Barcelona VP Marc Ingla, had earlier pumped an undisclosed amount of capital into Siine (pronounced ‘sign’).

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  • http://www.media-addicted.de Media Addicted

    LOL. It’s like in the movie “Idiocracy”, where -in a distant future when everyone is dumb like hell- a nurse tries to identify the protagonist’s desease by hitting a button on an “iconized-keyboard”. :) made me laugh loudly…

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    Welcome to the future. Pretty soon we wont have to learn how to add or substract.

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  • http://www.brekiri.com/ Greg4

    Intriguing concept, and a nice break from the usual startups.

    But I have to say that startup naming continues to go downhill. Someone needs to figure out a good alternative to dot com names. Since Facebook is the new AOL, maybe they should start selling Facebook search keywords? Or perhaps Twitter could create “official” hashtags?

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  • http://about.me/sremie Sander Remie

    Companies with original ideas/products have my full support, so keep up the good work guys!

    • 205guy

      Totally agree. There has to be a better way to get thoughts into text that can be sent, without relying on the legacy of the typewriter. I thought speech-to-text was the answer, but that doesn’t seem mature/usabe or accepted. Maybe we still need a way to silently enter text. In that case, would’nt court-reporting like encoding be the best (as it has already evolved to be fast and accurate)–and it could likely be improved with modern computing power.

      But in the big scheme of things, I think someone should analyze what really are the various modes of communication (text/voice/video, associated with immediate/delayed reception and public/private modes) and figure out how to best input the intended message.

      Also, love that Siine called some part of their solution “Chomski,” but it’s not clear if they are using his name and photo with permission.

  • Werwefsdf

    Swype sucks. They don’t have enough heurisitics in it; when I try to swype out a much more common word, it gives me some much less-often used word. I’m sure they already use a complex algorithm but the algorithm needs alot of improvement.

    — Unhappy swype user

  • Werwefsdf

    Swype sucks. They don’t have enough heurisitics in it; when I try to swype out a much more common word, it gives me some much less-often used word. I’m sure they already use a complex algorithm but the algorithm needs alot of improvement.

    — Unhappy swype user

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