Fleksy app improves texting for blind or vision impaired users

Wednesday, 27 June 2012 17:08pm

A yet-to-be-released iOS iPhone app called Fleksy has stripped down the traditional touchscreen keyboard to make typing text more accessible to people who are blind or vision impaired.

The app automatically detects words as a user is typing and works with the inbuilt iOS screen reader VoiceOver.

While traditional keyboards offer a tactile experience for blind or vision impaired users, touch screen keyboards often prove challenging without something tangible to guide users while typing. However the Fleksy app will improve this experience for blind or vision impaired users through automatic detection of words as the user types combined with VoiceOver which will announce suggested words.

The app's keyboard also has minimal buttons. Only letters are shown while space and punctuation is automatically detected. Users can then copy the text from the app and apply it to other apps on the user's iPhone. 

The Fleksy app for the iPhone is still currently seeking approval from Apple to make it available on iTunes.


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