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What is Panini Keypad

Panini Keypad is a new technology that offers people to type in all languages of India on the mobile phone extremely fast, comfortably and easily without the need of printed characters of any language on the keypad. And nor is the user expected to write in English characters (Roman). The Panini Keypad allows you to write natively in any Indian script without any familiarity with English characters and is therefore ideal for the vast majority of India, a country where there is a need to support many languages together on phones.

The challenge of input methods for Indian languages was a little complex. They have many more characters than can be accommodated on a static keypad, their word formation rules are unfamiliar to many and there are 11 scripts in all, all Unicode supported though and hence ready for the phone and the Internet.

The Panini Keypad uses artificial intelligence to accurately estimate only the characters that you could be typing and places them to your fingertips. The prediction is based on the statistical nature of the language extracted from mining large quantities of its text obtained from the public domain. This approach is completely new and unique and results in a sensationally simple usability to type on the phone for all the languages of India and many others. It is also simple and productive to build without on board linguistic resources and by now largely automated. See a video of how this is actually done.

The Panini Keypad is already working on all types of smart phones for Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, Assamese, Urdu and Nepali. This can be developed for dozens of languages and micro-languages. It can also be included on all non-smart phones as we have done recently for the lowest cost phones where the Panini Keypad is embedded in hardware. Being device agnostic, the Panini Keypad is also applicable for other digital devices such as IPTV, STB, ATM, Touch screen kiosks, gaming consoles and others. These future applications are described in this website.

A large number of people in the subcontinent and elsewhere already use the Panini Keypad on their phones to type SMS, add names to Address Book, Post in Facebook, Write Emails and so on from their phones. The Panini Keypad has won numerous awards in India as well as globally and is being described as a breakthrough in the field of supporting Indian languages on digital devices.

Panini Keypad

Fig : The Panini Keypad estimating characters that the user could be writing next (as you can see) and placing them according to their probabilities to positions most comfortable for the texting thumb. This has been developed for all Indian languages and one can download it from this website. Kindly read the instructions on how to type, how to compose complex words correctly in your language. Many examples are provided in the User Guide which you must also download.

Panini Keypad