A collection of AI and Chrome experiments inspired by Morse code on Android Gboard.
GET THE KEYBOARD
Developer Tania Finlayson found her voice through Morse code. Now she’s partnering with Google to bring Morse code to Gboard, so others can try it for accessible communication.
Morse code for Gboard includes settings that allow users to customize the keyboard to their unique usage needs. It works in tandem with Android Accessibility features like Switch Access and Point Scan.
This provides access to Gboard's AI driven predictions and suggestions, as well as an entry point to AI-powered products, like the Google Assistant.
Tania and team created this trainer to make learning Morse code more fun and to encourage people to keep at it. Give it a try if you’ve set up Morse code for Gboard and are ready to learn Morse.
A MESSAGE FROM TANIA TO ALL HACKERS
“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 games and hardware hacks to fully fledged communication apps and teaching tools. Whatever you build we’d love for you to submit it here. You never know — even small hacks you come up with could open the world for newcomers to Morse code.”
BUILDING WITH MORSE CODE
Taking Tania’s message to heart, game designers, coders and kids came together for a hackathon at the Adaptive Design Association. Using Hello Morse, the participants prototyped games that made Morse code fun to learn. Read more here...
After the event, participants submitted their projects to this site. The experiments below include their games as well as other open-source examples that will help you get started with your own Morse-based apps. We hope these resources will inspire you to get involved with the community, and make your own accessibility projects, and share them here.
Using Morse with Switches
Switch Access can be helpful for people with dexterity impairments that prevent them from interacting directly with computer screens. There are various switch products options (more information here), as well as a DIY switch kit for those who wish to experiment.
Tania Finlayson and the Tandem Master
Visit Tania’s site to learn more about how she came to use Morse and eventually develop the Tandem Master device together with her husband Ken.
What is the Adaptive Design Association?
The Adaptive Design Association is an organization near Google’s NYC office that builds custom adaptations for children with disabilities. Their mission and history with Morse code sparked the Hello Morse hackathon shown above. Be sure to also check out a free version of Thomas King’s book on Morse code in Rehabilitation and Education.