03 Oct 2015, 5:23

It's up

Today my first ever iOS app hit the app store!

Shorthand Icon

Shorthand - Teachable Gesture Keyboard

Shorthand is a keyboard that lets you draw your most common phrases. You enter a phrase, then draw whatever symbol you want to represent those words, and the keyboard learns to tell your drawings apart.

For the curious, Shorthand uses an artificial neural network to “learn” the difference between the different gestures you give it. As such, it can be a little finnicky about when it does and doesn’t work. For best results, use gestures that are very different from each other: lower versus uppercase K would be really difficult for it the way it currently works, for example.

I’m excited to keep improving this and to take feedback from anyone who tries it out, this was a really fun project.