The future of mobile is motion

With Air Gesture, users can simply wave a hand over the phone and it will respond accordingly, by answering a call or skipping to the next track. Eye Scroll uses eye movement to move up or down a page. These new features — still in their infant stages — mark another milestone for mobile.

It’s a feature that’s sorely missing from Apple’s iPhone, but Fleksy has come up with a workaround. The company, which last year released a standalone keyboard app for the iPhone, is now allowing some other app makers to add Fleksy as an option.

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We have gone from desktops to laptops to smartphones. The natural progression will bring devices small enough to fit in your watch, in your glasses or on your clothes, but they will be powerful enough to run decent software. The use challenges are immense, but whoever gets this right will be very successful.
- Ioannis Verdelis, Syntellia


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In accuracy it beat competing apps Swiftkey, Swype, and Snapkeys hands down. Gestures are powerful but easy to use. You swipe right to add a space, left to delete a word, and hold a letter to access special characters. The app also lets you add unusual words to its 40,000-word dictionary by flicking right, then up. Handy!

So, they broke their vision into smaller, more tangible pieces -- starting with their target market. Instead of going after the hands-free loving public at large, they chose instead to focus on the niche market of blind and visually impaired people.
"As you break down the big target into smaller targets, you're refining your idea, learning and measuring progress along the way," says Verdelis.
An added benefit: This decision put their product in the hands of people that would help them know how to develop it even better. The test market of blind people isn't huge, but it wound up being big enough to provide revenues to continue adding features and proving the product's need in the marketplace.

Not only does Fleksy sound great on paper, but it lives up to the hype; the competition does not stand a chance. Swype, while impressive, has an extremely steep learning curve, which discourages a lot of users from ever taking on the challenge. Swiftkey has predictive technology, which markets show to be less desired than a natural typing system. True, Fleksy does have a few ties to these methods, but as Eleftheriou and Verdelis explain, “We have tried hard to maintain the familiar QWERTY layout and tap typing, which is what people are used to, and we use predictive technology to make typing easier in the background.” They have taken their available tools and re-invented tap typing. Their next step is to remove the physical typing space altogether. Imagine a world where one can type in the air.

Most of us can type on a physical keyboard, like our laptop, without having to look; it feels easy and natural. Syntellia has made Fleksy powerful enough, in terms of its predictive technology, to allow completely eye-free typing when it comes to smartphones. Even if you misspell all of the words in a sentence, Fleksy will get it right.

SXSW 2013. "The startup is showing off its software working with the Leap Motion Controller to provide gesture-based typing input that works just like its iPhone and Android app, but for typing in mid-air. The company is also debuting its iOS SDK this week, which will allow third-party apps on Apple’s mobile OS to take advantage of the unique software keyboard."

Quote: "it has been quite a while since we’ve seen major improvements to the iOS built-in keyboard"

"[Fleksy SDK] offers developers to use Fleky’s signature foolproof typing engine, as well as customization options around theme, layout and more. Devs can even use the “invisible” Fleksy keyboard if they want to get all the chrome out of the way while still allowing for text entry."

iOS: Fleksy is an alternative keyboard with unprecedented predictive text skills. You can type a word completely wrong and it'll still figure out what you meant.
That's because Fleksy was designed with the blind in mind. The keyboard not only fixes your grievous typing errors, but speaks back the word to you so you know what it thinks you typed. The keyboard only consists of letters, however. To make a space you swipe right. To delete a word you swipe left. You can add punctuation by pressing and holding the keyboard to reveal a new row, or you can just make two spaces to create a period, then swipe down to change it to a question mark, exclamation point, or something else. While Fleksy takes a little getting used to at first, it's a very effective way to type because you can throw accuracy out the window pretty much entirely. The only thing it does require is that you know how to spell, otherwise it can't really figure out what you meant. If you're blind or just an awful mobile typer but have good spelling skills, this is the keyboard for you. Of course, it's an app an doesn't integrate full with the OS but you can use it to type out messages and copy/paste the text in elsewhere with all the extra time you'll save.

This week the team at Syntellia launched an update to its iOS app Fleksy, which aims to make predictive typing a breeze for both visually impaired and sighted users. The app, which is available for free to try but has paid upgrades for users who want to share their messages via SMS, email, or social networks, comes from the same creators as touch typing software BlindType, which was acquired by Google in 2010. The avpp uses a text prediction engine to predict the correct word a user is typing, even if every letter is incorrect.

While originally aimed exclusively at visually impaired users, now the founders are targeting both visually impaired and sighted users with the new release, co-founder Ioannis Verdelis said in an interview. “We’ve been providing Fleksy as a typing solution for visually impaired iPhone users,” he said. “A lot of people have been telling us you should try to see what non-blind people think about this, because we think it’s pretty cool.”


Free iOS App Of The Day: Fleksy

The iOS on-screen keyboard isn’t the operating system’s strong point, but thanks to the hard work of developers, there are alternatives in the Apple App Store. One such alternative is called Fleksy, and now, this app is free.

Fleksy is, in the words of the developers Syntellia, a “state-of-the-art text input system so powerful that you can type without even looking at the screen.” Does the app live up to this hype? I think so.

Wouldn’t it be nice if someone came along and made the typing experience on a tablet so good that it were competitive with typing on a laptop?

That’s what Syntellia is attempting to do with Fleksy, a software keyboard that the company says makes typing easier on any touchscreen device. The company announced today that it has raised $3 million in a Series A round with participation from Highland Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, and Middleland Capital.

If Syntellia were able to achieve that vision and make typing easy on tablets, it could turn them into the ultimate productivity devices. (Actually, some people think they are already – provided you add a separate keyboard.) That could in turn erode the need for laptops, which people like me still cling to in order to perform tasks such as writing articles, filling in spreadsheets, and conducting intensive research. People like me, I’d imagine, would welcome the opportunity to ditch our more expensive and clunkier laptops. And that’s a vision Syntellia is pushing to make a reality.

“What we want to enable is for people to ditch the laptop and go completely mobile with a tablet and smartphone combination,” says Syntellia co-founder Kosta Eleftheriou.

1. Syntellia

Syntellia is making texting easier with a new keyboard app called Fleksy for iPhone. You can essentially type entire text messages without even looking at the screen. One of the main reasons Syntellia developed the app was to assist people who are blind or have trouble seeing the small letters on the iPhone, but the product could be valuable to anyone. I plan on using it under my desk while I pretend to listen to people.

Fleksy made splashes at SXSW when it won the Mobile Technologies category at the 2013 SXSW Interactive Accelerator. Fleksy utilizes a larger QWERTY keyboard layout on the entire touch screen, coupled with a powerful text prediction technology so that users can type on their smartphones without even looking at their screens. With an aim to make typing on a smartphone as easy as typing on a full-sized keyboard, Fleksy’s autocorrect system works even if a user has missed every key of the word they intended to type.
From a societal impact perspective, Fleksy is already being used by many blind or visually impaired users and can change the way we take precautions against car accidents caused by texting and driving. Free. Fleksy.com, Apple and Android in Beta testing.

In 2005, whether you were using a dumb phone with T9 Word or a BlackBerry with a physical keyboard, you were probably texting without looking at your phone, at least occasionally. It was just part of the times, like Brick Breaker, or Nelly. Then, in 2007, the iPhone showed up with its bold, buttonless design and erased all of that functionality. Texting suddenly became a two-thumb, eyes-on affair--a Dark Age of text entry we’re still suffering through today. Fleksy wants to change that. And what sets it apart from all the other alternative keyboard apps is that, from the moment you try it, you get the sense that it just might be able to.

Typing on a touchscreen device without even glancing at the screen sounds like a recipe for a screen full of typos. But at CES 2013, representatives of Syntellia were happily typing away on an assortment of mobile devices without ever breaking eye contact or producing a screenful of errors.

It’s not some superhuman feat of typing prowess that accounts for this accomplishment. Rather, it’s all the work of Fleksy, a mobile app that’s currently available for iPhones and iPads and that is in the middle of a beta program for Android users.


Fleksy saves you from awful touch-screen typos

Touch-screen typing solutions have primarily focused on either on-screen keyboards or external keyboards. The former is notoriously inaccurate thanks to fumbling fingers, and the latter defeats the purpose of having such a sleek, portable device in the first place. Startup Syntellia is working on Fleksy, software that will recognize your screen typing, no matter how sloppy you are.

Fleksy was originally tested with blind users, but the creators knew it could also be helpful for people like me who flail about at their touch-screen keyboards. Whether I'm typing on my iPad or my Android phone, I always find a way to hit the wrong key. I like the idea of an app that can save me from myself.

If you've spent any amount of time typing on a smartphone, you're probably all too familiar with the frustrating experience of typing text using an undersized keyboard or, even worse, the unintended and wildly inaccurate autocorrects that can sometimes turn seemingly innocuous messages into moments of embarrassment and misunderstanding. The diminutive size of the QWERTY keyboard on portable devices continues to spawn the need for a more user-friendly interface. Kostas Eleftheriou and Ioannis Verdelis, co-founders of the company Syntellia, have teamed up to develop the Fleksy app for iOS devices. The company's website states, "Fleksy analyzes a wealth of data of a user's typing and can detect the correct word to input even when someone misses every single key on the keyboard." This is a tall order for an app to transform incoherent strings of characters into legible text and definitely warrants a closer look.


BlindType lives on in new keyboard app Fleksy

The makers of BlindType have just released a working demo of their latest project on iOS, and it’s coming soon to Android. The new alternative keyboard is called Fleksy and it boasts many of the same features BlindType once did.

BlindType, the keyboard replacement app, is sort of a legend among Android users. Back in 2010, BlindType was introduced as the next revolution in virtual keyboards. Shortly after, Google was quick to acquire it. We waited for what seemed like ages to see some sort of resemblance of BlindType in the stock Android keyboard, but it never really came.

The stock keyboard in Android 4.0 and 4.1 are both improved over previous generations. Still, neither features the amazing next level of auto-correct, blind typing that we were expecting. Fortunately, it looks like we won’t have to wait much longer.

Fleksy is essentially BlindType 2.0. Originally engineered to help solve some of the problems that the visually impaired face in smartphone and technology interaction, the good folks behind BlindType and Flesky quickly realized everyone could utilize the features found in their virtual keyboard software.

USA TODAY mentions Fleksy as the single iOS keyboard alternative one should explore, regardless of platform limitations.
"The quirky, free alternative iOS keyboard Fleksy, which uses a complicated predictive algorithm to allow you to type without looking, doesn't replace that, so you have to copy and paste from that program into others."


Fleksy App Prevents Autocorrect Fails

Fleksy uses predictive text technology to make it easier to type on touchscreen surfaces to help prevent those pesky autocorrect fails. Designed by Syntellia and using the QWERTY layout, Fleksy flexes keyboard muscles that intend to overpower the competition.

Instead of relying on precision as other typing engines do, Fleksy analyzes data to intuit correct words, while allowing for a huge margin of error. How huge? Fleksy boasts that even if you miss every single letter, the app will still figure out what you intended to type. That’s right, you can even type in the air without hitting the keys at all!

Fleksy, the new mobile keyboard that debuted on iOS back in August, was showing its stuff at CES this year. The trick of automatically predicting what you’re typing without requiring much more than your relative tap position and word length is no less impressive than it has been in the past, but Fleksy now has a new trick up its sleeve, too: an Android version that can actually replace your stock keyboard, something that isn’t possible on iOS.

Fleksy also adds a space bar to its default, extremely sparse UI as part of making the move to Android, which can be optionally hidden if the user so chooses. Likewise, you can actually make it so that the entire keyboard chrome itself disappears and you can type using the trademark Fleksy no-look method. The Android version is still in limited beta, however, so you’ll have to sign up and wait to get let in by the Fleksy development team.

As we said earlier though, what excited us the most about the TrueSmart was its integration with [Syntellia's] Fleksy keyboard, which is one of the most intuitive we've tried yet. During our brief time with it, we were amazed at how it managed to translate our mangled typing into coherent words and sentences. When it guesses the closest possible word, you can swipe to the right to confirm it, or toggle through a list of highlighted suggestions. We still have our doubts over reading text on the puny display, but you could probably use it for sending and reading emails in a pinch. We've included a video below of Fleksy in action on the TrueSmart.


Fleksy Keyboard Lets You Text Without Looking

Failed autocorrects can be a source of frustration to many smartphone users. Though the misspellings can oftentimes be hilarious, they usually makes texting a pain.

Fleksy, an alternative keyboard, promises accuracy so precise even those who are blind can use it. The autocorrect system works so users can type without looking at the phone and even takes it a step further: you can type without the touchscreen keyboard.

Using the QWERTY layout, users tap on the screen and the text prediction software detects the word you meant to enter, even if you missed every key. Swiping gestures replace function keys such as delete or the spacebar, since the keyboard consists only of letters.


Fleksy for Android beta hands-on (video)

You may be familiar with Syntellia's Fleksy -- its predictive touch typing solution has already been available to iOS users since last July. But as we recently learned at CES, the company's gearing up to offer Android and Spanish-language versions. It's not something you'll necessarily see in the Google Play store, however, as we were told the company intends to license the platform out to various Android OEMs. We pressed CEO Kostas Eleftheriou for more details on possible partnerships, but he remained tight-lipped, only assuring us that talks were in progress.

Probably one of the best uses for vour computer or iPad is it to help people with disabilities or character features for which the rest of the world need help understanding

At CES we were pleased to see the use of Fleksy a predictive on-screen keyboard for iPhone and Android by Justin who is blind. He spoke of his blindness as being part of his character and he did not consider it a handicap.

Now there is a handwriting to speech application for iPad that helps people who need to convey speech through handwriting.

This week the team at Syntellia launched an update to its iOS app Fleksy, which aims to make predictive typing a breeze for both visually impaired and sighted users. The app, which is available for free to try but has paid upgrades for users who want to share their messages via SMS, email, or social networks, comes from the same creators as touch typing software BlindType, which was acquired by Google in 2010. The avpp uses a text prediction engine to predict the correct word a user is typing, even if every letter is incorrect.

While originally aimed exclusively at visually impaired users, now the founders are targeting both visually impaired and sighted users with the new release, co-founder Ioannis Verdelis said in an interview. “We’ve been providing Fleksy as a typing solution for visually impaired iPhone users,” he said. “A lot of people have been telling us you should try to see what non-blind people think about this, because we think it’s pretty cool.”


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This is the app I show to all of my touchscreen keyboard-hesitant friends nervous about giving up the physical keyboard. Originally developed for the visually impaired, the patented tech makes typing text on your touchscreen a brilliant experience.

SXSW 2013. Announcing Fleksy on Leap Motion.

"By marrying a Leap Motion sensor with its own Fleksy predictive keyboard, the company has created a system that seems to let you type on thin air -- with the aid of Fleksy's predictive text correction, of course. "

"We have already agreed partnerships with application developers to bring our technology to the hands of millions of users. We will be the first player to enter and succeed on this platform."

Syntellia's first such partnership with a "leading" iOS app developer will go live in the App Store this autumn, according to Verdelis, who added that Fleksy has been downloaded "hundreds of thousands of times" on iOS, while 30,000 people are involved in the Android beta.

Fleksy Beta (Free)(http://beta.fleksy.com)

On iPhone, the Fleksy virtual-keyboard app has won plenty of praise. Now it's trying its hand on Android, where there's a lot more established competition from the likes of SwiftKey and Swype. The emphasis is on simplicity: a stripped-down keyboard with "an auto-correct engine that actually works". Signup for its beta happens through the Fleksy Google+ page.

What I really love about Fleksy Keyboard is the way it looks. It has a slick Holo-like look to it, and when tapping the keys, the letters jump off the screen. When hitting the spacebar, a streak of light beams across the middle of the keyboard, which is pleasing to the eyeballs. Other than having great animations, the keyboard is relatively like a lot of the other keyboards out there.

Move over SwiftKey. A challenger has appeared and it's aiming to bring even better predictions than we've seen before. This one, named Fleksy, touts predictions that are so accurate, you can type without looking at the screen. In fact, the company says that even if you get every single letter wrong, it can still tell what it is you meant to type. This is pretty impressive. Of course that means the developers need to take it one step further...

We've long been fans of Syntellia's Fleksy for its astonishingly accurate predictive touch keyboard, and were excited to see an Android version finally come out to play at CES 2013. Well now there's news that'll please fans on the iOS side: the company has announced the full version of the app, formerly $4.99, is now available for the unbeatable price of free. This isn't just a special weekend offer either; CEO Kostas Eleftheriou told us in an email that it'll be free forever. Eleftheriou said that this is in the interest of a "more open keyboard space, so that more innovations can happen in the area," but also as a service to the blind community, which was Fleksy's original target audience.

Fleksy’s take shows that the legacy Qwerty layout doesn’t have to be a mechanical burden holding back typing progress in the digital era, as is currently true in the iPhone’s case. Turns out it’s possible to leverage the old, to forge a-new. And while there are certainly more suitable letter layouts for the words we most often need to type, ditching Qwerty would mean everyone needing to learn how to touch-type again. And that’s a pretty big ask.