Untap your potential with SwiftKey ‘Flow Hard’

April 1, 2014

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UPDATE –  It’s real! Scroll down to find out more.

Hi everyone,

We just wanted to take a moment to clarify the situation surrounding a rumor that has been circulating in the press — that we are bringing our SwiftKey Flow gesture-input technology to physical desktop/laptop keyboards. Today, we’re excited to confirm that this is true and we’re calling it “Flow Hard”.

It’s our answer to the problem of seamless typing on a desktop keyboard. Using Flow Hard, you can simply slide your finger from key to key to type out words, enjoying whole new levels of speed and productivity.

Watch our ‘Flow Hard’ video here:

Flow Hard is built upon the same AI prediction engine that powers our global best-selling SwiftKey Keyboard app. We’ve spent years looking at how to apply the same powerful technology to the ergonomic challenges of a full-size hard keyboard. Finally, we think we’ve nailed it.

Flow Hard offers unparalleled autocorrect and real-time prediction, so you can say goodbye to those embarrassing typos at work. We’ve even incorporated SwiftKey’s famous ‘Flow Through Space’ functionality, so that you can type multiple words without lifting a finger – just drag your finger down to the space bar between words.

Try it here:

Sure, it might hurt from time to time or even give you blisters, but with Flow Hard, even the most error-ridden sentences can be deciphered and corrected. Our internal tests show that with Flow Hard you can be up to 257% more efficient than through regular typing – so what are you waiting for?


The SwiftKey Team


Want to Flow Hard on other web pages? Download the Chrome extension here!

Drag the file onto the Extensions page to install (menu button on top-right of Chrome browser window > tools > extensions). A magical SwiftKey button will appear by the address bar. Click it once to enable it (changes from grey to full-color), and it will try to find all compatible text boxes on the current page. Click it again to disable (per page). A good place to try it out is the Gmail compose field, so you can speed towards inbox zero.

To capitalise the first letter of a word, press shift once during that word. To type in ALL CAPS, hold down shift as you Flow Hard.

A big well done to everyone who already discovered this treat hidden in our blog’s source code!

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  • http://www.michaelxhell.com/ Michael Hell

    Tried it at work. Earned jealous looks!

  • Jeffrey Heesch

    Okay, I can’t believe this thing actually works.

  • Richard Harper

    Not as good as last year. Nice try though.

  • Eric Davies

    Works like a charm on my laptop. This could actually be a reasonable input method for people with only one usable hand/finger.

    • Michael

      I hope you realize this is a joke…

      • William Li

        It actually works alright…

      • Bradley Schwartz

        are you confused about the word “actually”?

      • Jack

        They could just click each one faster haha

  • Tony

    How about for Surface Pro Windows tablets?

    • Adam

      I second that, I’m gonna give it a try. Keep in mind chrome doesn’t play well with Microsoft 8 and it’s a Chrome extension

  • radixe

    cfgvhjkl;kjh, hsdfghjkhgfghn dfghjkhg. I’m quite sure the mispelled words are my keyboard’s fault, going to get a new one! So awesome.

  • John Ireson

    Brilliant, just used it on the test area and the accuracy of my spelling has gone up 256%……..

  • Alan Maris

    Idea is a bit ahead of its time. many of us still use old click clack keyboards. Nice try though.

  • Michael Lee Bowie

    It could *almost* actually work. Might actually be good for compact keyboards that are touch, not mechanical.

  • Clint O

    Ha ha April Fools lol

  • http://www.shadowcat.co.uk/ Mark Keating

    Nice one :) Love the trial as well. A well played Fool’s joke. Didn’t work for expletives but I did manage to summon Cthulu.

  • maniel

    yeah, it’s good for laptops, but it wouldn’t work good with big key mechanical keyboards;-)

  • Dimitris Damianidis

    its not bad !!! this could become real

  • Steffen Zen

    this is a nice joke, but… with a senseable Keyboard like a touch it would be a nice input-device, just swift on your Laptop or Keyboard…

    So who wants to invent a normal size-“Touch Keyboard” who works with SwiftKey logic?

  • Victor Dela Rosa

    Tried this with this bad boy: http://static.bootic.com/_pictures/1547252/logitech-itouch-keyboard.jpg

    The name says “touch”, but well, my finger just died a little :(

  • http://clintjcl.tumblr.com/ ClintJCL

    yea right. this would suck on a split/ergonomic keyboard, which really is the only keyboard anyone sould ever use.

    • Alex Money

      Hey look up, something just went straight over your head!

      • http://clintjcl.tumblr.com/ ClintJCL

        I’m sayin’ – april fool’s jokes should be less obvious.

  • brandon

    i want this keyboard full time

  • andythecurefan

    Pretty nifty that even thought this is an April Fool’s Day Joke, it actually works.

  • abqnm

    Aside from being really loud, this works great on my IBM M series keyboard. I was surprised how well it works on a mechanical keyboard from the 80’s.

  • http://www.ripplealliance.com Tyler Mitton

    Ah hah! Found your extension… brilliant!

  • Brandon D Painter

    ertyuiop[]';.,m bvgtresdxc cxdswaqwertyhun ,lo98u7ytgfvc …. yup… doesnt work

  • onx

    April fools… I love april fools :D

  • Lapidusss

    Great joke! However a writing predictive system for pc would be great!

  • http://tjkopena.com/ Joseph Kopena

    This is tailor-made for my Kinesis!

  • Neurons To Nirvana

    i think we can type faster with our older methods. Still hats off to this brilliant idea, maybe touch screen laptops can profit from this, if it can be installed as a Application

  • http://bounteo.us/ Rob

    No support for Dvorak layout? 1/10.

    • Chad Kouse

      no colemak either.

  • John Hopper

    Holy sh*t. It actually works. Nice!

  • Bradkal

    iuytdfgyuioiuytresdfgbnhtwertyuioiuytretyujkokjnthgfrecvghjiolkmnbgfrerfgbnhtsdrtytrdsdrtrerfghnmthjkoiuygh ;-;

    (Doesn’t work on the comment system though)

  • Shawno Goobarstang

    I see a lot of keyboard being destroyed hahahah

  • Šimon Demočko

    Well I actually thought it would be what I was looking for – swiftkey actually going for pcs with it’s great prediction and typos correction functionality… then I saw the sado-masochism going on with the finger and nope – damn

  • an0nim0

    “…up to 257% more efficient….”

    And ~1337% more workers’ comp claims.

  • Pankaj Mehta

    How can i lean it and do we required special keyboard or it can be on normal keyboard ?
    Kindly help me because i am working as a clerk and need to type very much so it can be very helpful for me.

  • http://anonimoconiglio.blogspot.com/ Santiago

    hahahahahhahah fuck it works! :O hhahah

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  • Papabear

    Get into the keyboard business now.

  • kclo3

    Pretty bad to use for QWERTY layout, but Dvorak on the other hand…

  • Chad Kouse

    no colemak support.. #epicfail :D

  • Daniel Jutz

    could there be a “swift key hard” version for qwertz keyboard layouts? This is a serious question, and I know that it is a april fools joke…

  • rshewmaker

    F@#$! I just broke another nail. Who do I submit a claim to? Swiftkey, Microsoft, or Dell?

  • wardrich

    Definitely works better with a laptop keyboard/low-profile keys. haha.

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  • Guest

    Swiftkey is great, but Flow is usually a waste of time. Any gains in speed are compromised by all the time it takes to fix all the errors it makes.

  • josemsanchez74b

    I want Swiftkey Flow Hard in all my Windwos 8.1! And in Spanish please! :)

  • B_Turbo

    oijh mjhuy ghjkioiuygfd… Y mean, OH MY GOD…
    It’s a little bit crazy, but I could get it. It doesn’t interfere in my normal typing style, and it’s useful to laugh with the other nerd guy in the office

  • Staples733

    This is kind of pointless for me. However: the power of Swiftkey predictions would help me a ton! Type a word half and hit space to auto-complete like the mobile keyboard.

  • http://batman-news.com Bruce “Batman” Wayne

    i reckon im going to break my keyboard

  • IA GH

    swiftkey for PC NOW!!

  • 陈海林

    up to 257% more efficient