Aug 16 AT 3:08 PM Dustin Earley 14 Comments

BlindType lives on in new keyboard app Fleksy

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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.

As you’ll see in the demo video below, Fleksy takes the blind typing, gestures and seemingly magical auto-correct we were once promised by BlindType, and actually delivers.

The video you see is from the actual iOS demo app available now. And according to the comments on the original TechCrunch article announcing Fleksy, it works very well.

We’ll be keeping a close eye on Fleksy for any news on an Android compatible release. Until then, we’ll just have to hope that before too long, our BlindType powered dreams will finally come true.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: Fleksy

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Shay D. Life

    I wasn’t really impressed until it got to the blind guy’s part near the end. That’s amazing.

  • Taylor Wimberly

    The latest Android 4.1 has some pretty aggressive next word prediction. It got annoying and I’d rather have the punctuation row display, so I turned off predictive text.

    • westy

      WHY DID THEY TURN OFF THE PUNCTUATION ROW DISPLAY!!?!??! That really pissed me off.

  • Adryan maldonado

    All the other kids with their blind typing skills, on ios, i want on my android!!!!!! Ok i was pretty amazed by that and a little freaked out. What developer made a certain deal with a certain shall we say certain individual to create this witchcraft!!! WITCH HUNT I SAY!!!! Ok but seriously this is just all kinds of levels of awesome

  • aranea

    OK if gogole bought it why are they relasing it on ios first?

    • Dustin Earley

      This is separate from BlindType.

  • cwjones4

    looks amazing, but i feel like the predictive part of swiftkey would still trump this for speed sake. I only have to type a few letters (or less) of a word and swiftkey knows what i’m going to say. I would be willing to try this out though

  • classic_hero

    absolutely amazing

  • MoSDeeb

    This is amazing. Well done to the developers.

  • thanzm

    A good party trick to impress people. But practically, Swype is still better than this. My personal opinion.

  • Repartee

    Wow, this looks great. Swiftkey is quite resource hungry (>30mb) and Swype has become quite bloated with the lastest beta, especially compared with stock (9mb).
    This could be the new lite keyboard I was looking for…

  • Android K

    The Flesky keyboard app is very interesting .The features provided are quite new , it has add on effects for typing.