$4 Million for Digit Wireless

Lexington, MA-based Digit Wireless, which is marketing a unique keypad invented by ex-Apple designer David Levy to allow faster text messaging, reported this week that it has raised $4 million in additional funding from existing investors Qualcomm and Venrock. The company has also brought in a new CEO, former Telus Communications executive Robert Blumenthal. I wrote a review of Digit’s technology, called Fastap, last May for Technology Review. The system is designed to put an end to triple-typing—the need to tap the keys on a standard mobile phone keypad up to three times to get the letter you want. At Telus, Blumenthal helped to launch the first commercially-available phone with the Fastap keyboard.

Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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