Goldsmiths Student Develops Virtual iPhone Keyboard

A student from Goldsmiths, University of London, has developed a new typing system that replaces an external keyboard with a piece of paper.

MSc Cognitive Computing student Florian Krautli from Switzerland has made use of features within the iPhone that detect vibrations. By “teaching” the phone which vibrations correspond to each letter, iPhone users can simply tap the sheet of paper to type.

Florian explains his exciting project: “Touchscreen devices, such as smartphones, lack a suitable method for text input which can compete with mechanical keyboards.

The keyboard requires no additional hardware as it taps into an iPhone’s built-in accelerometer, which is able to measure the vibrations caused by typing on any hard surface.”

Called “The Vibrative Virtual Keyboard”, the system is 80% accurate and makes use of the phone’s spell checker to boost accuracy. Although designed for Apple’s iPhone 4, the software could be applied to any smartphone.

Watch the keyboard in action below:


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