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TextBlade portable keyboard is greater than the sum of its parts

By - January 14, 2015 5 Pictures
We've looked at various folding portable keyboards designed to make it easy for those that like some tactile feedback when entering text on mobile devices. But California-based WayTools has taken a different approach with the TextBlade keyboard, which it claims is the "most compact touch-type machine ever produced" and literally pulls apart to fit in a pocket. Read More

Researchers try to improve smartwatch typing with two new keyboard concepts

Wearable devices are becoming more prominent, but, apart from voice control, they don't usually offer many ways of entering text. We have seen the ZoomBoard keyboard as one possible solution, as well as large, curved screens that use smartphone-like keyboards. Now a team of researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de València and the University of Stuttgart have developed two tiny QWERTY soft keyboard prototypes that supposedly allow users to enter text more easily into their wearables.

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Open-source iControlPad2 Bluetooth controller works with just about anything

By - September 14, 2012 5 Pictures
Mobile gamers can't help but get excited at the prospect of a physical controller for playing games on a phone. Touch screens are great for certain types of games, but sometimes, you just need the feel of a real controller in your hands. The iControlPad2 hopes to bring that level of control, not just for mobile gamers, but for almost any device with Bluetooth. Read More
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Spike: A flippin' keyboard case combo for iPhone

By - July 10, 2012 8 Pictures
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. Read More
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Snapkeys aims to replace QWERTY keyboards on mobile devices

By - December 29, 2011 3 Pictures
At next month’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2012) in Las Vegas, tech start-up Snapkeys will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for fastest typing speed. The company will be making its record attempt using volunteers (who it is currently in the process of recruiting), and its new 2i typing system for mobile devices. Unlike traditional systems that utilize a full QWERTY virtual keyboard that takes up much of the screen, 2i incorporates just four onscreen keys ... and they’re all invisible. Read More
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Bluetooth thumb-keyboard puts rear-facing touchpad at your fingertips

By - May 9, 2011 1 Picture
With smaller keys and a lack of tactile feedback, onscreen keyboards found on mobile devices can make inputting anything longer than a search term a real chore. Portable physical keyboards such as the Jorno folding keyboard provide a solution if you're lucky enough to have a desktop or similar flat surface at hand, but if you're taking full advantage of portability and need to enter text while out and about, then a handheld keyboard might be worth considering. The itablet Thumb Keyboard not only puts a physical QWERTY keyboard at your fingertips – well, thumbtips – but also boasts a rear-facing touchpad that lets users provide touch inputs without taking their hands off the device. Read More
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Seabird community-driven “Open Web Concept Phone”

By - September 26, 2010 4 Pictures
As laptop computers continue to shrink in size and mobile phones become more and more powerful, can it be that long before the two merge into a device with the portability of a mobile phone and the functionality of a laptop? While it is just a matter of time before the power of a fully-fledged PC can be crammed inside a device the size of a mobile phone, our fingers aren't getting any smaller so overcoming the problems of interacting with such a small device will require some creative thinking. Creative thinking like that of designer Billy May who has come up with a mobile phone concept called the “Seabird” that is designed to address some of the frustrations people face when using such physically small devices. Read More
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Jorno folding Bluetooth keyboard – ideal for iPhone and iPad

By - September 22, 2010 3 Pictures
To maximize portability, mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad eschew the traditional keyboard for on-screen versions. While on-screen keyboards may be tolerable for typing the odd text message or entering a few words into a search engine, their shortcomings quickly become obvious. With mobile devices now packing processors powerful enough to handle word processing and other more intensive tasks there is a market for physical keyboards to turn an iPad or even a smartphone into an ultraportable computer. One of the better solutions we’ve seen to fit this bill is the newly announced Jorno Bluetooth keyboard from Cervantes Mobile. Read More
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