The young Belgian company iBeezi has developed an electronic keyboard for touch screens, capturing virtually all Chinese signs maximum four ‘steps’. “We teach Chinese to write in a more efficient manner,” suggests his inventor Pierre-Henry De Bruyn.
How to reproduce more than 10,000 Chinese characters easily and efficiently on a small touch screen? Lots of Chinese have studied this problem in recent years, but nobody has managed to offer a satisfactory answer.
Today, the Chinese use the ‘pinyin’ to enter their characters on a computer screen or on a smartphone. This is a transcript template for entering Chinese letters.
Belgian startup iBeezi has now developed a truly redundant system making the seizure of the letters and allowing the entry of a Chinese sign a maximum of four successive logical steps (on a touch screen or via a touchpad). The keypad designed for this purpose includes six ‘buttons’ each concealing a’ stroke of the pen digital.
“With these six ‘pen strokes’, it is possible to reproduce almost all Chinese signs,” says China expert and co-founder of iBeezi, Pierre-Henry De Bruyn. “Think of old keyboards from GSM from Nokia, where you could also take three to four letters and keys. A system, but for more than 10,000 Chinese characters. ”
This revolutionary digital keyboard iBeezi has recently become available for iOS and Android devices, but the young company intends to deploy its wide-scale system in Asia and negotiate this with the major manufacturers of smartphones and wearables in China South Korea and Japan. Here at iamaccepted you can get more different models and styles.
“For almost a century, it is estimated that the phonetic manner (ie with Latin letters translated into Chinese characters) is the best way to write Chinese,” added De Bruyn. “With iBeezi we change this paradigm and start from the idea that some movements on a touch screen enough.”
“In China, the giant of the Sogou search (Tencent) is currently the largest transcription software provider” Alexis Van Gestel, CEO of iBeezi. “Sogou as she leaves a digital QWERTY keyboard to convert Roman letters into Chinese characters. This way of working is suitable for large screens, but our method is considerably more convenient for typing on smartphones and smart watches.”
“This kind of smart watch is now mainly a gadget notifications. With iBeezi, we want to make a new communication tool,” suggests Van getsel. “At Sogou, we have already realized the potential of our concept.”
The keypad of iBeezi incorporates an algorithm that Pierre-Henry de Bruyn himself invented and is now protected by two international patents. According to him, the teacher needed almost 20 years to develop his system which is also suitable for other languages such as Japanese or Korean.
IBeezi was founded in 2013. It employs 10 people and has offices in Brussels and Hong Kong. Asia-Euro Consultancy Patrice Thys, former director of AB Inbev, has also supported the project. “Asia-Euro Consultancy is very familiar with the Chinese market and is a key partner,” says Van Gestel.
The ultimate goal of Van Gestel and De Bruyn is to become a poorly even under bridges. Thus it is necessary for example that the Chinese themselves accept as they will eventually adopt a new way of writing.
“Van Gestel claims that this is why we have been installed on new smart watches.” We are negotiating this purpose now with all stakeholders in order.”
These actors do a good thing the two small Belgians? “Obviously, they look at us strangely at first, they observe that we just present our own product rather than buying something, but asians are very pragmatic.”
“In China, everything goes through partnerships.”