Jeff’s “Tremor-Friendly” Smartphone/Tablet Keyboard Recommendation

After a lot of experimenting, I’ve concluded that for me, with my tremor, the AI.Type (click for website) keyboard, available for iPhones, iPads, and Android smart phones and tablets, is the most “tremor-friendly,” customizable, aftermarket keyboard currently available.  It is free for the first 10 days to check out, after which it costs the princely sum of $3.99 if you want to keep all of its goodies. 

Hopefully, one of these days, Google, Apple, or somebody else will design an even more tremor-friendly, voice-driven input technology, but until that day, this will probably be the keyboard that I continue to use.

In case you’re interested, these are what I find to be the most tremor-significant AI.Type settings, listed by their respective Settings tabs, that I like best:


Personal Shortcuts  - I love this feature. They start you off with a bunch of shortcuts that you may or may not find useful, but you can quickly customize it to make it your own. For example, if I type in my initials followed by a space, AI.Type automatically types in for me all four lines of my full name, address, city state zip, and phone number.  Wow, it just saved me a whole lot of typing!

Enable Swipe Input - For my tremor, I just can’t use swipe input so I keep this option unchecked, but if it works for you, it certainly is available.

Enable prediction and correction Check

Word Suggestions Settings...
            Show Word Suggestions – Check
            Auto-Correction  - Check
            Auto-Completion – Check
            Enable Cloud Base Prediction – Check


            Bottom Row Keys...
                        Show voice-to-text key – Check!!! I use this terrific voice-to-text feature all the time!  It is shockingly good.  It is SO MUCH FASTER and MORE CONVENIENT than manual typing!
                        Show comma and context-shortcuts key – Check
                        Show punctuation key – Check
                        Show edit-utilities key – Check, be sure to try this out for some very helpful tools!
I leave all of the other options here unchecked, but your choice.

            Show cursor tracker on keyboard - My tremor won’t allow me to use this feature so I leave it unchecked, but if you find it useful, Check it!

Display Top Row – Check! I find this top row very helpful. Be sure to cycle through its various options by pressing the “...” on the far right of the Top Row.

            Top Row Height – 100%

Well, those are my favorite features of my (currently) favorite iPhone/iPad/Android keyboard.  Play around with the many settings for this or whatever keyboard you like, and see what works best for you and your tremor.

Jeff Pector
This Saturday, April 18th, 2015, our East Bay Essential Tremor Support Group meeting will focus on our “in-house experts.” These are our members who have personally undergone a surgical treatment for Essential Tremor. One member will discuss her very recent experience with Deep Brain Stimulation surgery. Another will discuss his own experiences with MRI-Guided Focused Ultrasound. Joe and I will then follow-up with info on Gamma-Knife surgery.

During the beginning of our second hour, another long-term member will tutor us on one or more of the assistive technologies that helps him cope with Essential Tremor: First up, Dragon Naturally, a speech recognition software that helps one send texts & emails without actually having to type! As many of us have difficulty typing with Essential Tremor, this may prove to be very helpful.

We'll end the 2nd hour with personal share. This is a time when longtime members, as well as newcomers may briefly share their challenges with ET, their favorite doctors, helpful medications, etc.

In the months to come, we’ll continue to showcase our “experts” in regard to other treatments for Essential Tremor: Medications, holistic measures and finally, our favorite medical clinicians. Please continue to return to this blog site to learn what the following month’s topic will be.

See the Google map on the left, for directions to San Ramon Regional Medical Center. We meet from 10-noon but we fill up fast. Please rsvp so that I may make up a nametag and arrive in time to put it on and find a seat! J

We look forward to seeing you Saturday!

See the details about the meeting location below. 

EBET Activities

Yesterday, April 8th, 2015, the leaders of the East Bay ET (EBET) Support Group, Sharon and Joe, visited the Google Campus in Mountain View.   The purpose of our visit was in response to an invitation by Anupam Pathak, the inventor of the now infamous LiftWare Spoon.  (  Once again, we enjoyed the hospitality of Anupam and his engineering team, John and Michael.  After lunch in the Google cafeteria, we discussed new and innovative ideas that Anupam and Michael were exploring to help control Essential Tremor's impact on a person's ability to write legibly.   It was a very interesting conversation and exchange of ideas.   We hope our input added to the future of Google/LiftLabsDesign's effort to thwart the debilitating effects of Essential Tremor.

Sharon and Joe
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East Bay Essential Tremor Support Group (2003 to present)

About East Bay Essential Tremor (ET) Support Group

The East Bay ET Support Group is based in San Ramon, California. We meet on the 3rd Saturday of every month (through October), from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Alcosta Senior Center & Community Center, Conference room #112, 9300 Alcosta Blvd, San Ramon. For information about the meetings, directions to the meetings, or just curious about Essential Tremor and would like to join the group, please contact Sharon, our Group's Facilitator, at . You are also encouraged to read the thesis written by our Support Group Facilitator, Essential Tremor: The Other ETThis is an excellent and detailed treatise regarding essential tremor . . . from one of our own!