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