Fleksy is a text input system specifically designed for people with visual impairments.
This free app gives you the full Fleksy typing experience, with the option to upgrade to the full version to email, copy, or message the text you enter from within the application itself.
For those who are too lazy to install the demo yourself, or if you don’t have access to an IOS device, I’ve given a very basic demonstration of how fleksy works. No word correction or anything more complicated.
The podcast is right at the end of this post.
How to use Fleksy
Fleksy is complementary to Apple’s VoiceOver technology.
With Fleksy, you don’t have to hover over the keyboard to find the correct letter You need to lightly tap once where you think the letter roughly is, and continue with the next letter. Avoid pressing and holding on each key and waiting to hear feedback.
To type “bananas” for example, first tap approximately where you think the letter B is. That should be near the middle and bottom part of the screen, and you only need to do a single tap. Don’t worry about being too accurate. You will hear a clicking sound to indicate that a keypress has been registered. Next tap where you think the letter A is. That should be on the left part of the screen, and somewhat higher than your previous tap. Continue tapping the rest of the letters N A N A S to form the word “bananas”.
Once you are done typing a word, perform a right swipe gesture to indicate a space. The system will automatically correct your input and read out the word that you typed.
To type your next word, you simply start tapping on the next letters as described. Make sure to spell words correctly.
If the suggestion was not right the first time, you can swipe down to navigate between alternative suggestions. Or swipe left to delete the last word you entered and enter a different one.
Fleksy has more functions for entering punctuation marks, typing custom words (such as names), and includes innovative ways to help you type easily. Make sure you read the instructions contained within the app.