Microsoft’s Android Wear keyboard lets you draw letters on your smartwatch

Microsoft has a new keyboard app for Google’s Android Wear-powered smartwatches called Analog Keyboard for Android Wear.

The “analog keyboard” app Currently released as a prototype, allows users to enter text by drawing handwritten letters on the watch face. It also works works with square-faced Android Wear smartwatches with a 320 x 320 resolution or the Moto 360

Android Wear can be downloaded from the Microsoft Research page.

Microsoft was also quick to give out some Usage tips of the app:

Usage tips

  • Write lowercase. You can enter lowercase English letters (print), numbers, and basic punctuation symbols. Uppercase letters are not supported (see Limitations below).
  • Start slowly and neatly. When using the prototype for the first time, watch the fading strokes on the writing panel and make sure they are legible and properly separated from one another. The recognition accuracy should be fairly high that way. Then try to develop a sense for how sloppy you can write while still getting good accuracy.
  • Frequent words like “this”, “and”, etc. will often be auto-corrected by the system once all characters have been entered, so it’s generally faster to finish writing these words even if there are wrong letters along the way.
  • Rare words on the other hand, like names or hashtags, should be written slowly and verified character by character (auto-correct is suppressed if you pause a little after each character).
  • Eyes-free. This is fun to try: how long a word can you write without looking at the watch?
  • Backspace key has a repeat function (long-press)
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