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Spike: A flippin' keyboard case combo for iPhone

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July 10, 2012

The Spike case adds a flip-out physical keyboard to an iPhone 4/4S

The Spike case adds a flip-out physical keyboard to an iPhone 4/4S

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There have been plenty of physical keyboard options for iPhone users dissatisfied with touchscreen typing cross our desktop in recent times, from full-sized Bluetooth options, such as the Jorno folding keyboard, to cases with an integrated keyboard, such as the Nuu MiniKey. The latest to catch our eye, which falls into the second camp, is the Spike keyboard case combo from SoloMatrix that features a hinged physical keyboard that flips up to provide easy access to the full touchscreen.

Spike comes in two flavors: the Spike¹, in which the bottom half of the case containing the mini QWERTY keyboard needs to be physically removed and rotated 180-degrees to either safely store or reveal the keyboard, and the Spike², in which the keyboard can be flipped out from the rear of the phone without having to pull the case apart.

While the keyboard of Spike¹ does include a hinge, this only flips the keyboard to the side to provide access to the touchscreen’s full surface area, whereas the keyboard in the Spike² can be flipped 180-degrees without the need to pull the case apart. Both units also keep the iPhone’s Home button, volume controls, camera and dock connector clear and don’t require a Bluetooth connection or external power source.

In keeping with the iPhone color choices offered by Apple, both Spikes will initially be offered in either Pitch Black or Ice White. However, there are plans for other colors in the future. There will also be a special limited edition, all aluminum model with personalized engraving that is anodized in various colors, including “Kickstarter Green,” as SoloMatrix is using the crowd funding site to help get the product to market.

If SoloMatrix reaches its US$75,000 goal, the Spike¹ will retail for roughly $35, while the Spike² will sell for around $60. Both cases are designed for iPhone 4/4S, and the company says it will be ready to ship versions for the anticipated iPhone 5 by January 2013.

A number of pledge levels are offered on the project’s Kickstarter page, which stands at just under $46,000 of the $75,000 goal pledged at the time of publication, with 32 days left to run.

The company’s Kickstarter video pitch can be viewed below.

Source: SoloMatrix

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Darren Quick Darren's love of technology started in primary school with a Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong (still functioning) and a Commodore VIC 20 computer (not still functioning). In high school he upgraded to a 286 PC, and he's been following Moore's law ever since. This love of technology continued through a number of university courses and crappy jobs until 2008, when his interests found a home at Gizmag.   All articles by Darren Quick
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3 Comments

And I'm in the process of developing a private, portable telephone booth for iPhone users! Just need about a million and a half to finish it. Please send small, unmarked bills to me... I promise you will love it! It only increases the size of your iPhone by 10,000 percent and runs off the iPhone battery!!!

JoeB
10th July, 2012 @ 04:18 am PDT

It covers a part of the screen which partially defeats the purpose of a physical keyboard, as it should make available screen real estate, iphones own pop up keyboard will be more convenient in this case.

Dawar Saify
10th July, 2012 @ 05:37 am PDT

Another perspective, Dawar, one that I subscribe to, is that while it may occupy the same screen area as the touchscreen keyboard, its physical contours can be found far more agreeable when typing more than just a brief text message.

This is, for the record, the first accessory that has me tempted to get an iPhone, as I loathe keyless keyboards.

David Desiccant Gardner II
10th July, 2012 @ 10:08 pm PDT
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