(Phys.org) -- When Daniel Hooper became frustrated with editing text on his iPad, he wrote an application that could revolutionize the way users select and arrange their words on tablets.
I see the iPad as the future of computing, and I think a couple years down the road it will be the only thing most people own, said Hooper, who earned a bachelors degree in computational media from the Institute in May. Because of that I feel a lot of things need to get better particularly for me, editing text.
The so-called Hooper Selection uses the keyboard to select, copy and paste text, rather than having the user highlight on the text itself. Hooper demonstrates the method in a YouTube video that has garnered more than 600,000 views and drawn attention from media outlets. As for the name, Hooper himself cant take credit.
Another developer emailed me saying they had made a Wikipedia page, he said. He was concerned so many people were copying the work that I wouldnt be remembered as the creator. The name is kind of dorky and still sounds weird to me, but it works.
Hooper, who himself is an iPad and iPhone owner, has been working on iOS development since his freshman year at Tech. Last fall he created a game called Percepto, and Hooper Selection emerged as a project for his digital humanities course last spring.
Its sort of a bland thing, text editing, but its so key to everything you do. Regardless of the app, youre probably typing at some point.
Regardless of whether Apple implements the idea, Hooper hopes it inspires all companies to put more time and research into this aspect of the tablet user experience. Hes already seen some third-party developers use it in their applications.
I put the video out there hoping people would think it was cool and, at the very least, make them unhappy with the current state even if this isnt the solution. I enjoyed using my prototype so much that I thought, other people probably want this, but its something Apple would have to do since its kind of a system-level thing. A modified version of Hoopers idea by another developer has been made available to those willing to jailbreak their phones, but nothing from Apple has been implemented at this time.
Hoopers interest in programming stemmed from early days of assembling LEGO MINDSTORMS robotics kits, growing into an interest in video games and eventually user experience design at Tech. He soon departs for a multi-week, post-graduation Eurotrip, but, for the tablets safety, will likely leave his iPad behind.
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