SwiftKey Tilt – the whole-body typing experience

April 1, 2013

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Today we’re unveiling the future of mobile typing – SwiftKey Tilt.

We were recently named one of the most innovative mobile companies in the world and our last major release, SwiftKey 4, made typing even faster, easier and more personalized. It made us consider – can we push the innovation further and take typing in a whole new direction? In fact, can we take it in every conceivable direction and add a touch of pizazz at the same time?

SwiftKey Tilt is a revolutionary new input method which transforms the everyday activity of typing into a whole-body, immersive experience. It makes it possible to text loved ones, email colleagues and type soliloquies without even touching the screen; just rock, wiggle or shimmy your smartphone to insert words in a truly innovative way. Drawing on SwiftKey’s mind-reading word prediction ability, we believe SwiftKey Tilt is the most significant typing innovation since the quill.

See it – and us – in action in our new video:

SwiftKey Tilt works by unleashing a pinball into the keyboard to power a third, exciting way to type on your device. While tapping or flowing words, the device accelerometer sends the brightly colored ball across the keyboard and when it collides with a prediction, the word is inserted. This frees up thumbs to make even quicker progress through a text, email or Tweet. It also offers users an eye-catching way to interact with their devices and is fully compatible with both the Macarena and the Harlem Shake.

“We always felt that fundamentally typing is about how you express yourself,” said Dr Ben Medlock, SwiftKey co-founder and CTO.

“We realized that we’ve never really focused on making that possible through physical movement, though. With SwiftKey Tilt we’ve changed all that.  By moving your whole body to control the little pink ball, users can now be more expressive when they type. Whether that’s body poppin’, Gangnam Style or my personal Tilting move of choice of ‘the mash potato’, it leads to a more expressive and personalized result.”

The innovative new typing method is available today for all SwiftKey users inquisitive enough to find it.

Last but not least, this project was created during one of SwiftKey’s monthly staff Innovation Days and did not use any valuable core engineering time.

How do you Tilt? Post your videos and photos on Twitter using the hashtag #swiftkeytilt.

Happy April,

Team SwiftKey

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  • http://www.facebook.com/damartin111 David Martin

    Where can we get it? Is it an update through google play? Cause I have not update! But keep up the awesome work and I can’t wait to try it out!

    • Joe Braidwood

      Longpress the word tilt in a SwiftKey prediction (the latest update) and there you have it!

  • TomClayman


  • http://twitter.com/milf0rd milf0rd

    Can’t Wait! ;) Maybe next year we will have eye track typing!

  • Mantikor

    You made my day! :D

  • ppero196

    April fools day joke. Nice

  • http://www.facebook.com/damartin111 David Martin

    Ahhh I fell for it

  • http://www.facebook.com/zeeshanahmedkhan Zeeshan Ahmed Khan

    Whoaaaaaaaahhh… Awesome work guys!!! Mind = Blown!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/RobertArtley Robert Artley

      Ur so full of it this is what u get when u long press Tilt “remove”

  • Yrlish

    I’m sad this is only a joke. It would be really awesome to have this.

    • Joe Braidwood

      It’s not only a joke – you can actually do this. Longpress the word tilt in a SwiftKey prediction (the latest update) and there you have it!

      • http://twitter.com/christian555 christian sotelo

        i could not get it to work

    • http://ryanspierce.com/ Ryan Pierce

      It actually works. Just pull it up like they do in the video.

    • Michael

      Its not a joke.

  • SwiftKey by TouchType

    So, who’s going to be first to find it…?

  • George Silberstern

    I’m gonna wait for SwiftKey Tilt 2.0; Rumor has it that it overcomes the issues mobile/tablet accelerometers have with 0G and microgravity… ;-)

  • Luke Kessler

    Honestly…I kinda wish it worked like in the video :P
    Makers of SwiftKey, <3
    Keep it up :D

  • http://www.timdorr.com timdorr

    For the part of the video where you’ve got the entire office tilting, that should be a Harlem Shake video. Or Harlem Tilt video, in this case.

  • garychencool

    Harlem Shake Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfAeonkVJ0Q Because it just had to be done.

    • http://www.facebook.com/charlotte.skorpen29 Charlotte Skorpen


  • ryan stead

    This actually works write the word tilt then long press on the prediction and click swift key tilt

    • Jemoli

      OMG you are right lol XD

  • Francesco Casoli

    it would be better to write with eyes!

    Samsung has developed a system to scroll the screen with the look, why not do more?

  • http://rockthatmobile.com/ Dana Rock

    Boring meetings will never look the same *wink

  • Jonas


  • http://azkware.wordpress.com/ Carlos Solís

    Now, this is an idea that could be polished further. If there was indeed a way to use the accelerometer as an input device for the keyboard…

  • http://twitter.com/london2045 Stefan Heynen

    This is So awesome great. Hell yeah for you guys. You can’t do that with an iPhone ;-)

    • Bradon Lee

      swiftkey is available for iphone too, but dunno if this feature will come in iphone version :v

  • http://www.facebook.com/RobertArtley Robert Artley

    This doesn’t work at all, I posted a picture of what happened with my SwiftKey keyboard when I long pressed the word “Tilt”

  • XerBlade

    Okay, it’s fun and all, but I can’t seem to get the best use out of it. If I do anything more than very slight tilts, my screen’s auto rotate kicks in, and, if the screen rotates, it automatically turns off Tilt. So not a whole lot of tilty typing gets done.

  • Martijn Brouns

    Am I really this slow-witted? Nope. Just checked out your blog and found this obvious April fools prank. Ok, nice one. Then actually felt really stupid to try out if you guys actually implemented this Easter Egg. ROFL! You guys did! Hahaha, can I start working for you guys? Tomorrow? :-D

  • Ricardo Corona

    Was Tilt demoted? :-(