By Andrew Liszewski
Random gems from CES keep trickling in, like this prototype emoticon keypad snapped by Geek.com. Spotted at the Lavatelli booth, the keypad sports a 4×4 grid of bubble buttons that serve as shortcuts to various emoticons. For the truly emotional emailer the keypad should shave precious microseconds off the act of adding a happy or sad face to the end of a sentence, which could add up to at least a couple of extra minutes at the end of their life. It will be customizable too, whenever it hits the market, and as Geek.com points out, it’s a great way to use up an available USB port which we all have plenty of right?
Update: It turns out the Emoticon Keypad is NOT just a prototype but is indeed a real product and is available for purchase from BAJCA’s online store.
The basic keypad pictured to the left is just $16 (€12) while more elaborate versions featuring buttons with different colors and faces, and a slick polished silver finish, will set you back a bit more at $40. (€29.90)
All of the keypads appear to be compatible with popular messaging apps like Skype or Messenger, and are even OS X friendly.