If you enjoy texting with a regular 9- or 12-key keypad on a regular phone, Nuance is looking to bring the same XT9 predictive text entry mechanism to BLOBbox, which is an Internet streaming box for your television set that combines traditional TV with the Internet, similar to Google TV boxes. You can search for things now with a traditional remote control using the number pad, chat with friends, or send out quick emails with your TV’s regular remote on BLOBbox using Nuance’s XT9 text system.
Nuance is bringing its trusted predictive touch input experience for mobile phones to connected television and IPTV, enabling service providers, and TV, set top box, media player, DVR, gaming console and remote control manufacturers to integrate XT9 with their TV-centric keyboards in more than 80 languages worldwide. With this latest TVBLOB integration, BLOBbox users will also be able to rapidly enter keywords, search Electronic Program Guide (EPG) and on-demand programming, as well as chat with friends on and create content for TV-based social media applications.
According to the company, “TVBLOB with XT9 will be available in Italy on Telesystem BLOBbox for 199 Euros.”