Last week, I told you about the latest update to Fleksy, the innovative keyboard app designed specially for the blind and the visually impaired. This week, I’m here to tell you about the recent iOS release of another innovative keyboard app called TouchPal Keyboard.
Yes, TouchPal Keyboard is also of benefit to blind and visually impaired users, thanks to its built-in Blind Typing feature. Like Fleksy’s core prediction technology, Blind Typing allows users, blind or not, to type without looking at the keyboard.
Aside from that, TouchPal Keyboard also offers a number of other useful features.
Most notably, TouchPal Keyboard uses the patented TouchPal Curve technology. With this Swype-like technology, the app lets you enter words by sliding a finger from letter to letter, lifting it only between words.
The app also includes three keyboard types, namely, QWERTY, T9, and T+.
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QWERTY is, of course, the keyboard as we know it and T9 is the predictive alphanumeric keyboard familiar among dumbphone users.
The lesser-known T+ makes use of a dual-letter layout, thereby offering a bigger and more comfortable keyboard. T+ also allows you to quickly input numbers and symbols just by sliding your fingers up or down instead of toggling between different keyboards.
By the way, text entered in TouchPal Keyboard may be shared via email, iMessage, Evernote, and clipboard.
Designed for iPhone and iPod touch, and already optimized for iPhone 5 and the fifth-generation iPod touch, TouchPal Keyboard is available now in the App Store for free.
TouchPal Keyboard has been the default keyboard in some of the most popular HTC and Sony Xperia smartphones. Its release on iOS should delight users looking for a swipe-enabled keyboard that can run on their beloved iDevices, albeit only as a third-party app.