SwiftKey Tilt – the whole-body typing experience

1st April 2013

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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32 responses to “SwiftKey Tilt – the whole-body typing experience”

  1. David Martin says:

    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!

  2. milf0rd says:

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

  3. Mantikor says:

    You made my day! 😀

  4. ppero196 says:

    April fools day joke. Nice

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

  6. Yrlish says:

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

  7. SwiftKey by TouchType says:

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

  8. George Silberstern says:

    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… 😉

  9. Luke Kessler says:

    Honestly…I kinda wish it worked like in the video 😛
    Makers of SwiftKey, <3
    Keep it up 😀

  10. timdorr says:

    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.

  11. garychencool says:

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

  12. ryan stead says:

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

  13. Francesco Casoli says:

    it would be better to write with eyes!

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

  14. Dana Rock says:

    Boring meetings will never look the same *wink

  15. Jonas says:


  16. 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…

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

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

  19. XerBlade says:

    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.

  20. Martijn Brouns says:

    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? 😀

  21. Ricardo Corona says:

    Was Tilt demoted? :-(

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