us working with the Roman alphabet forget how spoiled we are with our QWERTY keyboards, even if they were originally
designed to slow us down. People using non-Roman characters never forget that these keyboards weren't designed for
them, and have spent decades searching for alternatives. The latest, developed by HP Labs India, is the gesture-based
keyboard, which is actually a pen tablet that uses a stroke-based system to recognize characters in non-Roman
languages. It was designed specifically to deal with languages in use in the subcontinent, such as Tamil and Kannada,
but has potential for other Asian languages as well. The system was designed to be rugged, and to be usable by people
with no prior experience with keyboards or the Roman alphabet. HP expects to license the technology to a third-party
manufacturer for commercialization.