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Keyboard

Robbie Tilton's wooden mossy keyboard

Designed as a deliberate counterpoint to the cold metal, plastic and glass aesthetic of most modern technology, Robbie Tilton's take on Apple's wireless keyboard is instead fabricated from wood and moss. The production methods used are bang up to date, however.  Read More

The G710+ has six programable keys on the side

Logitech's G-series keyboards have a new member of the family. The brand new G710+ is a mechanical keyboard, which tend to be preferred by hardcore gamers. Mechanical keyboards also offer quieter keys, and this G710+ is no exception.  Read More

The ASETNIOP chorded keyboard concept consists of ten input points (one for each finger/th...

For the touch typist, the tablet and smartphone experience is often a frustrating one. While it is possible to key in characters without looking at the virtual keyboard, efficiency and accuracy are a whole lot easier to achieve with physical points of reference. Tactile overlays like the TouchFire can help, but you still lose at least half the screen to the keyboard. Wireless keyboards are a much safer bet but add bulk to the travel pouch. Zack Dennis has developed a virtual keyboard replacement called ASETNIOP which can be made invisible, is based on the QWERTY layout and allows for input using only ten touch points.  Read More

CTX's Virtual Keyboard projects a usable laser outline of a QWERTY keyboard onto any flat ...

Even though tablets and smartphones are improving and adding new features all the time, a shrunken keyboard on a touch screen still doesn't compare to the comfort of a full-sized keyboard for typing. There are plenty of solutions for this, from snap-on cases with keyboards built into them to keyboards that fold into a small package, but these all just make your less mobile or give you one more bulky thing to carry. For a more compact alternative, Brookstone has begun taking orders for a new virtual keyboard from CTX, which projects a usable laser keyboard onto any flat surface, all while fitting nicely inside a small keychain.  Read More

At first glance, it is hard to tell that this is not a laptop

The CruxSKUNK is a new case for the iPad, designed to make your device look and feel like a laptop. There are already plenty of iPad cases with keyboards built-in, but most of them look like standard cases, and do little to add style to the iPad itself. With this new case, however, you might actually confuse your iPad for your laptop.  Read More

Accessory specialist Hama has added a new bamboo keyboard and mouse (both wired and wirele...

Accessory specialist Hama has added some bamboo wired and wireless keyboards and mice to its expanding EcoLine range, which already includes "liquid wood" mobile phone cases and laptop cases made from recycled PET bottles.  Read More

ZAGG has revealed two keyboards for the iPad at IFA 2012, including one with a backlight t...

Last time we heard fom ZAGG, the company had partnered with Logitech to distribute a case for the iPad 2 that functioned as a keyboard. This time, ZAGG is branching out on its own and has revealed its latest, much thinner keyboard cases, the ZAGGkeys PRO and ZAGGkeys PRO Plus, one of which provides a color-changing backlight.  Read More

Logitech's new K310 keyboard is designed to be hand-washed in a sinkful of water thanks to...

Most people don't think about it, but in a typical office the filthiest object in the room is the computer keyboard. Go ahead, pry off the keys behind any keyboard you've had for a few months and you're likely to find a mess of dust, food crumbs, sticky coffee stains, and other debris. Cleaning this grimy mess is a tedious task at best, unless of course you're packing the likes of Logitech's new K310 - a washable keyboard designed to be submerged in water so that cleaning it is as easy as doing the dishes.  Read More

Synaptics has an eye on Windows 8 Ultrabooks with its new ThinTouch and ForcePad hardware

Synaptics has announced a new generation of touch-based hardware components, including a pressure sensitive capacitive touchpad and an ultra-thin keyboard with improved backlighting. The new components are designed for use with Intel Ultrabooks running Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 operating system.  Read More

The Wedge Mobile Keyboard, featuring a dual-purpose cover/folding stand

Microsoft has announced a set of new peripherals for its upcoming tablet-friendly Windows 8 OS. The Wedge Mobile Keyboard features a minimalist design, slim form factor and full-sized keyset, while the Wedge Touch Mouse is the smallest and lightest pointer that the company has ever produced.  Read More

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