Fleksy

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Fleksy
Original author(s) Fleksy Inc.
Initial release December 2013
Operating system iOS
Android
Tizen
Type Virtual keyboard
License Proprietary
Website http://fleksy.com/

Fleksy is a 3rd party keyboard extension and input method for touchscreen devices which attempts to improve traditional tap-typing input speed and accuracy through enhanced autocorrect and gesture control. It uses error-correcting algorithms that analyze the region where the user touches the keyboard and feeds this through a language model which identifies the intended word. Swiping gestures are used to control common functions such as space, delete, and word correction. Blind and visually impaired users have utilized Fleksy for eyes-free typing through muscle memory.[1] It was first commercially available on the iPhone as a download from the Apple App Store in July 2012.[2]

Fleksy was developed by Fleksy Inc., a company founded in 2011.[3]

Software[edit]

Fleksy’s autocorrect algorithm functions by combining analysis of user typing patterns and linguistic context. Analysis of tap locations rather than letters selected affords it the ability to remain tolerant of drifting errors and allows the user to type on an invisible keyboard or even off the keyboard in some instances.[4] As a result, Fleksy has been embraced by the visually-impaired community.[5][6][7][8] Most notably, the software has been considered for the "Story of the Year" of the Technology Year in Review for 2012 by the American Foundation for the Blind.[9]

There is evidence that the software could potentially allow sighted people to blind-type on a touchscreen.[citation needed] Quentin Stafford-Fraser said on his website: "I found I could type whole sentences immediately without looking at the keyboard". [10]

Fleksy is limited to word corrections and does not offer next word predictions, as found in competitors such as Swype, SwiftKey and other keyboards.

Fleksy also utilizes a gesture-based interface that can be used for some common functions such space, backspace, and choosing a word correction. The gesture system has elicited a mixed response, with criticism centered around the learning curve created for many users.[citation needed]

Availability[edit]

Fleksy is available on Android, iOS and Samsung Gear smartwatches. Due to limitations in iOS versions 7 and prior, the keyboard could not replace the system-wide keyboard,[11] therefore minimizing the utility of the software. iOS 8 has since lifted this restriction.[12] In December 2013 a first set of four iOS applications that use the Fleksy SDK were released.[13] A beta was launched for Android in January 2013.[14]

Fleksy is available on certain platforms in 40 languages and QWERTY, AZERTY, QWERTZ, DVORAK, and Colemak layouts.

Awards[edit]

Fleksy has received a number of awards since its release in July 2012:

Competitors[edit]

There are many competing keyboards for both iOS and Android, including Swype, SwiftKey, TouchPal, Adaptxt [Keypoint Technologies] and many others. Many competing keyboards offer next-word prediction, which Fleksy does not.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2012: A Technology Year in Review" AFB AccessWorld, Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Fleksy - Happy Typing" , App Store, Retrieved on 7 February 2013.
  3. ^ " Fleksy", fleksy.com, Retrieved on 7 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Hacker News" news.ycombinator.com, Retrieved on 7 February 2013.
  5. ^ "An App for Wayward Fingers and Thumbs: An Evaluation of the Fleksy App from Syntellia" AFB AccessWorld, Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Fleksy Gives Blind iOS Users Top-Speed Typing Access" About.com, Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Mistype Every Letter & Fleksy Still Knows What Keys You Meant" About.com, Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  8. ^ "Fleksy app: Helping you to type faster" Royal National Institute for the Blind, Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  9. ^ "2012: A Technology Year in Review" AFB AccessWorld, Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  10. ^ "Being Accessible" StatusQ, Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  11. ^ "Editorial: What we want to see in iOS 6" Engadget, Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  12. ^ http://fleksy.com/ios8/
  13. ^ "Fleksy Announces First Third-Party App Integrations of Award-Winning iOS Keyboard Solution" PRWeb, 12 December 2013.
  14. ^ "Fleksy for Android beta hands-on (video)", Engadget, Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  15. ^ [1]
  16. ^ " SXSW, Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  17. ^ "Fleksy typing app gets main stream recognition in the Apple Australian App Store" Vision Australia, Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  18. ^ "CES Innovation Awards" CES, Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  19. ^ "Qualcomm Press Release" Qualcomm, Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  20. ^ "Fleksy - App of the Month August 2012" Royal National Institute of the Blind, Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  21. ^ "Announcing the AppleVis Golden Apples of 2012" AppleVis, Retrieved 7 February 2013.