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
LOOK & FEEL
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.
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 EastBayET@comcast.net . 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!