How many times have you tried to register for something, or typed in a long wifi password, only to get an error message. There are few things less frustrating than having to retype those small and impossibly long codes, over and over again.
Needless to say, typing mistakes are a pain and a huge waste of time. Human brains just aren’t built for manually entering lists of jumbled numbers and letters. That’s why people who are tired of manually typing are downloading Keyboard Apps to make their everyday life easier.
Introducing Keyboard Scanner apps
Keyboard Scanner apps save the user time by enabling them to scan data with their phone’s camera, and then paste it anywhere, like in a browser, email, or messaging app.
It looks just like a normal keyboard that you use on any app on your phone. The difference is that you can click a ‘scan’ button to capture data instead of typing. For example, the Anyline Keyboard app scans text, such as WIFI passwords, IBAN numbers, and passport information, as well as barcodes and QR codes.
When can you use a Keyboard Scanner app?
Once you start using a Keyboard Scanning app, your life will never be the same and you will likely never go back to manually entering this type of data. Here are just a few examples of various uses for Keyboard Scanning apps:
Streaming TV: As people spend more time at home, one convenient use of the Keyboard app is helping viewers connect their TV or devices to streaming services, like Youtube, ESPN and Amazon prime video. By simply scanning the pairing code on their TV screen, users can instantly connect their device and stream their favorite show in seconds.
Getting online quickly: If you are in a public place or visiting a friend’s house, it’s easy to get the WIFI password wrong again and again. With a Keyboard app that includes an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Scanner, you can just scan the password and enter it immediately. Bring on the long and complex passwords!
Holiday bookings and check-in: Using a Keyboard Scanner app also lets holiday makers book flights and hotel rooms in a fraction of the time. By simply scanning your passport information or driver’s license, you can complete purchases faster and without mistakes. Then, when you need to check in, it’s easy and fast to scan your data to fill in the necessary information without typing a single word.
What should you look for in a Keyboard application?
Ideally, a keyboard scanner app should give you maximum flexibility: combining OCR scanner technology with barcode scanner specifications. For example, if you are using a banking app, you might need a QR code scanner as well as an IBAN reader.
If you want to collect the information from your ID, the Keyboard needs to be capable of reading the MRZ (machine readable zone) at the bottom of your passport, or PDF417 on the back of your driver’s license (US only). It’s best to check beforehand that the Keyboard has these functionalities before downloading.
How much do they cost?
Some keyboard apps are ‘freemium’, or charge for specific functionalities. However, the Anyline Keyboard app is completely free for anyone.