There are many forms of communication, some of which we take for granted sometimes, such as talking, writing with our hands, and typing with our fingers. However like we said sometimes we take such methods of communication for granted as there are others out there who unfortunately do not possess the means to communicate as such.
This means that when developing apps, developers need to consider the needs of its users, which is why Google has announced at I/O 2018 that they will be adding support for Morse code to its Gboard keyboard app. This is done in partnership with developer Tania Finlayson who has been using head movements which are then translated into Morse code to communicate.
According to Finlayson, “I’m very excited that Gboard now has a Morse keyboard that allows for switch-access, with various settings to accommodate more people’s unique needs. I’m even more excited about what people will build. From small, fun games and new teaching tools, to fully fledged communication apps based on the ML-driven WaveNet starter code.”
For those who don’t know how to use Morse code, not to worry as there will be a typing trainer app that will teach users about it. There will also be printable posters that you can hang on the wall if you need a quick guide, and more. The Morse code support is currently in beta but for those who want to participate in it, head on over to Google’s website for the details.