Representatives from HP Labs India were in Bristol to demonstrate some of the latest products to come out of the labs in Bangalore.
One of these is called a "gesture keyboard," which allows people to input text on PCs in Indian scripts without knowledge of English or typing. It can be used for inputting data in a local language, Internet search, Web browsing and e-mail.
There are 1,500 combinations of syllabic units in Hindi so a conventional keyboard with language overlay is not a good solution for those who don't speak English.
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