Android App of the Week: UpSense Keyboard Presents a Radically New Way to Type on a Tablet


We’ve seen plenty of alternate keyboards for tablets, but none quite as inventive or unique as UpSense Keyboard. UpSense does away with the traditional keyboard completely, relying on gestures. The first thing the user does is place their fingertips comfortably on the tablet’s screen – this will leave five fingertip markers on-screen, which is where the user will input the gestures. From there, each letter is assigned a gesture – three fingers down for “M,” three fingers up for “W,” and so on. Numbers and punctuation can also be assigned gestures, and gestures for letters are customizable.

UpSense won’t seem intuitive at first – it will require you to learn a totally new input method, and that takes time to master. But, if you’re patient and willing to experiment with something new, give UpSense a trial run for a couple months and see if you get into it. It definitely won’t be for everyone, but it’s easy to imagine that it could click with some people.

UpSense also includes support for Braille, for those with visual impairments.

The UpSense Keyboard is available now for free on Google Play. Set up takes a little work, but nothing too time-consuming.