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From the Creator of BlindType, Comes a New Keyboard App Called Fleksy

BlindType has had a long history in Android. Introduced to the public exactly two years ago in August of 2010, it was quickly snatched up by Google, then implemented into what we now know as the Ice Cream Sandwich keyboard. Well, the creators still aren’t done innovating quite yet. Recently released for iOS and coming later for Android, is Fleksy

Fleksy is a new replacement keyboard, designed for the blind and partially sighted users. But don’t worry, if you’re able-sighted, use of the app can benefit you as well. The goal as stated by the developers is to make typing fast and easy. One of the ways this will be made possible is to allow for users to type wherever they want, with no actual keyboard on the screen. One of the more remarkable features is that when typing a word, you don’t even have to get a single character correct. Magically, Fleksy knows what you’re trying to type and auto-corrects it for you. Another nifty looking feature is a swipe to delete action that they show off in the video below.

It’s going to be pretty awesome from what we see in the video, so fingers crossed it makes its way to Android sooner rather than later!

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Via: TechCrunch

  • sonicemerald

    Did anybody else get sick watching that? for some reason misspelling every single word gives me the creeps.

    love the usefulness though.

  • Lane252

    Lots of learning it reminds me of that one keyboard that looked like the nexus symbol it sucked lol

  • feztheforeigner

    I thought Google bought these guys? Hopefully this gets implemented in some way to the Android keyboard, it needs some fixing…

  • NathanDomier

    Looks like too much swiping…

  • SolipsisticPsychologist

    My Sherona! Better watch out for infringement there fleshkey.

    Since when can you use a keyboard replacement app on iOS? I haven’t touched my iPod Touch in quite a while, but I remember specifically trying to put ShapeWriter on my Touch, and all it would let you do is have a notepad app with their keyboard in it. Can you now change Apple’s default keyboard and replace it with something else, or is this keyboard only used inside the Fleshkey app? Apple has always been too Draconian to allow users to do something as freedom enjoying as changing the default keyboard, but maybe they have pulled that stick out of their anus, just an itty bitty little bit?

  • David Larsen

    As a self-proclaimed grammar Nazi, I am obligated to inform you that that comma in the title does not belong there.

  • Lactose_the_Intolerant

    oops – wrong song

  • http://twitter.com/metalhead520 Nick

    Look ok, just don’t know about swiping every single word to get it to complete….how about just space to do that. I dunno though, I’ll give it a try when and if it comes to Android.

  • Liquidretro

    I like the concept of swipe for space but press for keys.

  • Andrew Remmers

    want

  • Greyhame

    So Google owns Blind Type… Is this Fleksy a different company, or are they owned by Google as well?

    • MikeKorby

      I believe that the blindtype software was purchased for exclusive use in Android. The company itself, however, remained independent of Google.

      • Greyhame

        Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ioannisverdelis Ioannis Verdelis

    You should try this, it’s cool.

  • http://twitter.com/dark_funk dark_funk

    Other than the features for the blind and the whole typing when not near the keyboard thing (which is boss), performance-wise it looks similar to SwiftKey. I’d like to see Google snatch this up for a future keyboard. Nice tech.

  • briant

    how is this any different from Swype (which still rocks!)?

    • Archer

      seems like fleksy requires more input if you ask me

    • Eric Franca

      There’s no swyping for words. Also it seems like I won’t have any problem with Flesky deciding that I’m obviously trying to type ‘Yeah’ instead of confirming something with ‘Utah.’

    • http://twitter.com/TheTerrorWrist Poise
  • Mei

    Way more advance then BlindType. Will see if it works as well as it looks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kostas.eleftheriou Kostas Eleftheriou

    Touch typing the way it should be!

  • Michael Forte

    I thought iOS couldn’t use replacement keyboards?

    • fixxmyhead

      maybe they changed that in iOS 6 i mean after all its basically turning into android. they should just call iOS 6 by its real name Android

      • Allen Byrd

        Don’t insult Android like that.

        • michael arazan

          With android, the blind have the ability to use speak to text since froyo. So why the hell would they want to type when they can just say what they want written down? I love the speech to text feature, that’s why I didn’t get another slider after my D1

    • JMonkeYJ

      right now they’ve just released it as a stand-alone app for proof-of-concept. you can also type then copy/paste to another app.

    • http://www.JWesCampbell.com/ Wes Campbell

      you can… it’s just an “international keyboard” for example: emoji…

    • Nate

      They can’t. The Fleksy keyboard on iOS is an app. You type the message, then you have the option to share it accordingly–whether it be a text, Tweet, Email… It is inefficient. However, that’s all Apple allows.

    • Austin

      They cant it looks like it is a App, iOS still cant do defaults which is a big deal for me and why i wont use it.

    • GazaIan

      Nope. It’s an app, the keyboard only works inside that app.

  • http://www.facebook.com/minh43 Minh Ly

    Wow. This may be my replacement for SwiftKey.

    • Bill Rappos

      It sure is better than Swype..

      • Archer

        except it takes longer to use. you have to type every letter, and then swipe across the screen for every word

        • Bill Rappos

          but you can type without looking at the screen and can still feel like using the qwerty.

  • shecalledmejay

    I’m impressed

  • http://twitter.com/SAGExSDX Chris Moon

    What is this sorcery?!

    • Lactose_the_Intolerant

      I believe it’s wizardry.

    • http://Twitter.com/ContestsAccount bigrob60

      I wanna cast……..magic typing

      • Droidzilla

        At what? There’s nothing there!

        • http://Twitter.com/ContestsAccount bigrob60

          I’m typing in the darkness.

          • Droidzilla

            Is there any beer there? Roll to see if I’m getting drunk.

  • nightscout13

    Too many people trying to re-invent the keyboard. Why fix something that’s not broken….Instead focus should be put on perfecting voice recognition. THAT is the future.

    • wigg1es

      No. I feel like an idiot talking at my phone. I’ll never use voice recognition. I’d much rather have an accurate, easy-to-use keyboard anyday.

      • nightscout13

        Yes, public voice dictation eliminates your privacy, but in the comfort of your own home, once voice is perfected, and works on a dime, then it will be used by everyone.

      • Mike Yost

        I can’t up this enough times. The public doesn’t need to know that I am searching for preparation H (That is hypothetical of course), or even where I am trying to navigate. It’s a nice feature, yes, but I would much rather have an accurate easy to use keyboard like what Flesky is trying to do.

    • fallenshell

      Lots of us don’t like talking to our phonestablets etc. especially when in public.

      • nightscout13

        I don’t like to either, but it’s still gonna happen in the future.

    • lgreg64

      what about deaf mutes.

      • nightscout13

        Small monitory. Something will be always made simple for them.

    • Supernaturlis

      Waiting for the day when my keyboard knows what I’m thinking and I don’t have to type at all.

  • napes22

    Sounds like some sort of black magic. I don’t approve.

    • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

      racist.

      • picaso86

        ok ok HispanicWhiteBlackAsianIndian magic!

      • SolipsisticPsychologist

        I hope you saying “racist” to what he said, was some kind of joke or sarcasm. If not……well you are the absolute, most incredible, idiotic, moronic, brain-dead, stupid, uneducated, inbred, retarded person who has ever lived. Nothing he said was even remotely close to being racist, and you know what, it’s in fact secretly racist people who see racism in everything, especially when it’s not even present. They try to hide their own racism by making up race when it’s not even part of the equation. So let’s hope you were attempting to be funny, because if not you really stupid piece of mongoloid garbage, and should eat the barrel of gun really soon.

        • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

          Ok.

        • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

          Freedom of Speech. Google it. I can be racist if I want. Guess what? I was joking, and I am not racist. Speaking of being politically incorrect, you called me “retarded.” Get a sense of humor, you hypocritical bast***. Good day, and f*** you.