Sunday 25 February 2018

SwiftKey's new keyboard unleashes your inner Shakespeare


Mark O'Beirne

SwiftKey has released a new keyboard app, ShakeSpeak, that suggests words to complete sentences as Shakespeare would.

SwiftKey released a new Android keyboard that lets you type like William Shakespeare would.

The app, called ShakeSpeak, was released in advance of the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's death as part of a tourism campaign for London. ShakeSpeak uses predictive keyboard technology to complete sentences as Shakespeare might.

For example, if you type "to be," the keyboard will suggest "or not to be, that is the question," while "All the" is completed as "world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players."

In a blog post, SwiftKey's Head of Languages, Caroline Gasparin, wrote, "2016 marks a yearlong celebration of Shakespeare and the incredible literary legacy he has left us. SwiftKey's technology learns your personal writing style to predict what you will most likely type next. We have trawled thousands of words from his plays for SwiftKey to learn from the great playwright himself build this personalised language model."

"To celebrate the 400th anniversary of his death, the ShakeSpeak keyboard makes the greatest playwright of all time accessible in a new and unique way," she added.

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