Google Introduces Morse Code Input In Gboard For iOS

| July 12 , 2018 , 18:15 IST

Google Inc. on Wednesday announced the integration of Morse Code into its keyboard called Gboard across the iOS.

Earlier this year, Google partnered with developer Tania Finlayson, an expert in Morse code assistive technology, to make Morse code more accessible. Morse code is a method of transmitting text information as a series of on-off tones, lights, or clicks that can be directly understood by a skilled listener or observer without special equipment

"Morse code" is a method of sending text messages by keying in a series of electronic pulses, usually represented as a short pulse (called a dot) and a long pulse (a dash).

Morse code for Gboard includes settings that allow you to customize your keyboard to fit your needs. It also works with Google's standard AI text predictions and suggestions (autocomplete and autocorrect) and with Google Assistant. Google has even released a game to make learning Morse code easier.

In the blog post sharing the news, Google shared the story of Tania Finlayson. Tania is a developer and expert in Morse code assistive technology. She was born with cerebral palsy.

Finlayson uses a machine that she can control with head movements to communicate through Morse code. With Morse code for Gboard, people like Finlayson can type and use their phone using only dots and dashes.