You saw this coming, didn’t you? Upsense is an invisible keyboard app for your smartphone/tablet’s touchscreen that doesn’t take any of your screen space, has customizable gestures that enable one handed typing, and being Braille friendly it can be of use for the visually impaired too. Also Read - Google adds spell check to Gboard; starts working on floating keyboard, selfie stickers and more
Made by Inpris, an Jerusalem-based company run by father-son duo (Ben-etzion and Nissan Yaron), who call their creation Upsense the “Braille of the 21st century.” The virtual keyboard isn’t just an idea, it has already reached the test bed, and the commercial launch of the product isn’t far either. Inpris took two years to ready the virtual keyboard, two versions of which will be available, namely Upsense Super Keyboard and Upsense Super Braille Keyboard. As the names suggest, the former is for one handed typing (based on gestures) while the latter uses standard Braille for typing with both hands.
Typing with one hand enables you to use gestures for typing letters, for example you can type the alphabet “A” by just tapping your index finger on the screen while moving the index and middle finger towards right would result in an “F”. At first, it may take some getting used to, but once acquainted the keyboard can be quite a fun way to type. It’s customizable and adapts itself to the way the user keeps his hand on it. The Braille mode, on the other hand, is truly awesome. The introductory video posted below helps in explaining it.
The project is out for crowdfunding now, and is being handled by Indiegogo. The goal is to raise $50,000 by March 20, 2014. You can have a look at Upsense’s page and support the product there.