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September 24, 2015 / carlispina

Add ASL to Your Messages With Signily

Signily LogoThough many people who communicate with American Sign Language (ASL) use text messaging and mobile email programs, ASL can be difficult, if not impossible, to fully represent in the existing text, emoji, and GIF libraries. This means that they must translate all of their messages into English, which may lead to a loss of their full meaning. However, Signily is a new app and keyboard that aims to address this limitation in current smartphone technology by offering a keyboard that allows users to compose full messages in ASL.

When you download the Signily app, you will see instructions for installing the keyboard on your phone. Once you have finished the installation process, you will have the option to compose messages using the included ASL emoji and GIFs across a wide range of your smartphone’s features. The keyboard integrates with obvious apps like text messaging apps and email apps, but also integrates with other apps that have messaging as an ancillary function, such as Words With Friends.

As a default, the Signily app will display the emoji and GIFs as white outlines of a left hand, but the app offers the option to further customize the keyboard to include a different skin color, or right-handed rather than left-handed signs. The keyboard currently offers more than 80 signs. You can compose your message in the box at the top of the keyboard and then send it by copying it into the message box for the app you are using. Overall, this keyboard is very intuitive to use and adds important functionality to smartphones. Whether you are just learning ASL or use it to communicate on a daily basis, this is a great app. It is currently available for iOS and an Android version is in the works. Check out the review below to see the app in action.

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