For behind the scenes pictures, stories and special contests, follow us on Facebook!
Subscribe:

[CES 2010] Ion Audio iType & iDiscover Keyboard

Ion Audio iType (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

Not a fan of touchscreen keyboards but love the UI on the iPhone? Well now you can have the best of both worlds with Ion Audio’s new iType keyboard. I’m hesitant to call it an accessory, since it’s considerably larger and heftier than the iPhone, but that’s the price you have to pay I guess if you want a standard size QWERTY keyboard. (At least until Apple lets the iPhone work their wireless Bluetooth keyboard.)

With the iPhone mounted in the ‘cradle’ the iType reminds me a lot of Epson’s old HX20 portable computer, but slightly more functional. And I say slightly because thanks to Apple’s restricted SDK the iType can only be used with a custom app from Ion Audio. Not the iPhone’s native applications. So anything you’ve written or intend to write has to be copied and pasted into the app you need it, which is unfortunately a big drawback to the device.

Ion Audio iDiscover Keyboard (Image property OhGizmo!)

The iDiscover Keyboard is essentially the same idea as the iType, but instead of providing a QWERTY keyboard you get a set of 25 piano keys in which to compose your mobile opus. Like with the iType it works exclusively with the company’s iDiscover Keyboard iPhone app, but it does include audio out connections and a headphone jack and can apparently even double as a MIDI controller for your PC.

[ Ion Audio iType & iDiscover Keyboard ]







.
  • at41183

    Hahaha I had the Epson HX20. I wrote so many BASIC games for it! And it printed in landscape mode on that tiny printer, so it was extra awesome. I always ran out of memory writing reports in school, so I got the external 5.25 floppy drive which was heaver than the HX20!

    And it taught me about phonetic spelling to make it say bad words correctly!

  • Jessicat

    I suppose if you like the ui of the iphone app, it is worth it. I just think people like keyboards plugged into their macs. And that's all they need.

  • Jessicat

    I suppose if you like the ui of the iphone app, it is worth it. I just think people like keyboards plugged into their macs. And that's all they need.