Try Out SwiftKey’s Motion-Controlled “Tilt” Keyboard


On today of all days, it can be a little hard to know what’s real and what’s not. Some of the stories you’ll read today are clearly jokes (though not on a respectable site like this one, of course), while others skate the line between fake and real. Those can be the most interesting ones, and one that really caught our eye comes from SwiftKey, announcing the arrival of SwiftKey Tilt.

SwiftKey’s quite tongue-in-cheek about the new “feature”, where you tilt your phone to manipulate a little pinball bouncing around the on-screen keyboard. By directing its path over the letters you hope to type, you’re able to enter text.

While the accompanying video quickly devolves into farce, this is a very real feature which you can try out yourself. The trick to using it is to start up SwiftKey 4, enter the word “tilt”, and then press and hold on the word to bring up the option to enter SwiftKey Tilt.

Now, it’s borderline unusable as an actually keyboard, but it’s fun to see just how far SwiftKey is willing to go with its joke. The thing is, other companies are seriously considering this kind of idea, and Minuum, the linear keyboard we reported on a few weeks back, has ideas for motion-based text entry for devices lacking touchscreens.

Source: SwiftKey
Via: phoneArena

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!