Today as part of the many April Fool’s Day jokes running rampant on the internet, the folks at SwiftKey have announced Tilt. The new input method promises a full-body typing experience that allows users to use motion to enter text, no touch necessary. Yes, the idea is a bit zany (and the video introducing it even zanier), but you can actually experience Tilt right now.
If you have SwiftKey installed, simply type the word ’tilt’ at any input screen, long-press the prediction, and tap “SwiftKey Tilt.” For best results, have Flow enabled. Then simply guide the pinball cursor with your movements to flow through words. Bump it into a prediction to enter a new word. It’s not the easiest to get the hang of, but it actually works.
The bad news is that if you actually take to Tilt as a text entry method, the keyboard seems to disable the functionality every time it is closed (so if you want to use Tilt again you will have to re-enable it following the steps above). I think we’ll stick with the more traditional ways of typing for now.