Google right this moment introduced that it’s bringing Morse code as an enter methodology to Gboard for iOS. The corporate first built-in Morse code into the Android model of Gboard (in beta kind) shortly after its I/O 2018 keynote. Alongside the debut on iOS, Google says it has made quite a few enhancements to the Android expertise, too.
When activated, Morse code fills the keyboard space with two giant dot and sprint icons. As you faucet the icons, phrase ideas will seem on the high of the on-screen keyboard simply as they do when you’re utilizing the QWERTY model. Google has created a Morse Typing Coach recreation that it says can educate customers Morse code in beneath an hour. You possibly can play it on both cell and desktop.
Tania Finlayson, an assistive tech developer who collaborated with Google on the Morse code challenge, wrote a weblog submit about how the communication system has been “revolutionary” in bettering her personal life:
Most expertise right this moment is designed for the mass market. Sadly, this may imply that folks with disabilities could be left behind. Creating communication instruments like that is vital, as a result of for many individuals, it merely makes life livable. Now, if anybody desires to strive Morse code, they’ll use the telephone of their pocket. Simply by downloading an app, anybody anyplace can provide speaking with Morse code a strive.
Finlayson notes that Gboard for Android “lets you hook exterior switches to the system, so an individual with restricted mobility may function the system.”