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Puzzle Keyboard: Rearrange Your Keyboard However Way You Want To

Puzzle Keyboard

If you haven’t gotten used to your keyboard’s configuration by this time, then I doubt you ever will. It’s in cases like these where concepts like the Puzzle Keyboard will come in handy. It’s basically a modular keyboard that lets you arrange letters and characters based on your personal preferences. If you’d like ‘M’ to take the place of your ‘A’, then all you have to do is switch the keys over and snap them back into place.

With the Puzzle Keyboard, everyone and anyone can modify and customize their keyboard based on their typing habits.

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Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E 7 Keyboard Reviewed

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When you think of a keyboard, you probably think of a pretty standard hunk of plastic with roughly 108 keys. Now if we’re talking about a gaming keyboard, there might be a few extra buttons and some lights to change things up. However, I bet that you wouldn’t have dreamed up anything close to the S.T.R.I.K.E 7 keyboard from Mad Catz that’s pictured above.

This monstrosity is unlike any other keyboard that I’ve ever seen. It actually breaks apart into seven different pieces (hence the number 7 in the name), to allow for maximum customization. You can move the number pad to the left side, or separate it from the rest of the keyboard entirely. There are three different wrist rest pads that can be moved to different areas.

Of course, the thing you’ll notice most is that there is a 3.5-inch LCD screen sitting at the head of the unit. This allows you to perform a variety of functions, including controlling things like volume and media on your PC. You’ll also be able to view menus for a TeamSpeak server, and use up to 36 different macros on this touchscreeen. So what is the price for this crazy keyboard? $300. This makes it one of the most expensive gaming keyboards on the market. If you’re wondering whether or not it’s worth the price, check out the full review over at GamerFront.

[ Mad Catz ] VIA [ GamerFront ]

Tactus Touchscreen Tablet Comes With a Virtual Keyboard You Can Physically Feel

Tactus Touchscreen

Tactus is all about the physical, but I don’t really mean that in the physical sense. You see, with the popularity of touchscreen devices, some people have been clamoring for a keyboard that still retains the feel of the earlier physical keyboards that these mobile devices came with. You’d think having a virtual keyboard feel like a physical keyboard is a near impossible thing, but apparently it’s not because Tactus has managed to do just that.

You might remember the display that they introduced over a year ago, which created physical buttons on the surface at will or on command. It looked good, even at that time while they were still working on its development. Now Tactus has unveiled a 7-inch tablet that makes use of the technology at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, showing off just how well their display works on actual devices.

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iPhone Keyboards of the Future Will Be Made of Paper

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I have relatively fat fingers, so typing messages and emails on my iPhone can get pretty frustrating sometimes. I haven’t bothered getting any of those Bluetooth keyboards because they’re pretty bulky, but I might just get one of these paper keyboards–if and when they become available, that is.

This Vibrative Virtual Keyboard was created by Swiss programmer Florian Kraeutli. It’s basically a piece of paper that’s been emblazoned with an image of a keyboard. This unusual keyboard works by having the iPhone’s built-in accelerometer measure and detect key locations, based on the taps on the paper.

Hit the break for a video featuring Florian’s paper keyboard.

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Tired of Dirty QWERTYs? Check Out Logitech’s All-New Washable Keyboard

Logitech Keyboard

Keyboards are hard to clean. They’ve always been a pain to neat freaks–but the good news is that they won’t always be. Not with Logitech’s Washable Keyboard K310, that is, which now allows users to clean their keyboards thoroughly, from the usual light dusting to an actual quick rinse under the tap.

“Using” a computer is practically synonymous to “typing.” That said, you can expect your keyboard to get understandably grimy and filthy after several months of use, most especially if you’re the type to munch on snacks while you work. Spritzing your keyboard with alcohol and wiping it afterwards isn’t enough to get all the dirt that’s trapped in all the nooks and crannies on your keyboard, which is why the K310 must be a godsend for slobs and non-slobs alike.

The K310 can be submerged in up to 11 inches of water so you can rinse out all the dust bunnies in the making. The keyboard actually has drainage holes at the back to facilitate the water flow, so the keyboard dries out fully in a couple of hours. Aside from that, you don’t have to worry about the characters on the keyboard fading, since they’re laser-printed and coated with a UV layer to prevent fading from water damage.

The Logitech K310 will go on sale sometime this month for $39.99, while it makes its debut in Europe this October.

[ Logitech ] VIA [ CNET ]

What We’ve Always Wanted: Free Software That Makes Our Keyboards Sound Like Typewriters

By David Ponce

That headline has a hint of sarcasm in it, for sure, because… since when is more noise a good thing, right? But it’s not completely untrue either. There’s a certain nostalgia in hearing the sounds of typewriters of old, at least for those of us ancient enough to remember them. In my particular case, I was maybe 5 or 6 years old the last time there was one in my house, and watching the above video instantly brought back memories from back then. In the video you’ll see an Apple device running this piece of free software that works in all applications (email, web, word, etc.) and makes authentic sounds of “letter keys, spacebar, backspace, carriage return and scroll up and down.” It has no other purpose, nor does it need one. It works on OS X only for now.

[ Noisy Typewriter ] VIA [ LikeCool ]

The Spike Is A Case For The iPhone That Comes With A Foldaway Keyboard

By David Ponce

We’re not big fans of tactile keyboards simply because we learned to trust the iPhone’s autocorrect abilities early on and have become fairly proficient a typing fast on flat glass. But it’s undeniable that a large segment of the market still likes them; it’s kind of one of the only reasons Blackberries are still around. It’s also one of the most requested features on the iPhone, one which is very unlikely to ever make an appearance natively. The Spike case you see above is the best implementation of an add-on keyboard we’ve ever come across. It’s first a protective case for the phone, but there’s a hinge that lets you swivel a tiny keyboard with actual buttons and overlay it on the device’s screen when needed. As soon as you’re done typing, swivel it back and out of the way. You’ll get that tactile feedback you’ve gotten used to, as well as the ability to enjoy the full screen for other applications.

There’s actually three versions of the case. The Spike 1 is the least expensive, but the hinge for the keyboard doesn’t allow it to get tucked back, only flipped out of the way when not needed. To stow it permanently, you have to disassemble the case, turn the bottom part 180 degrees, and reassemble it. The Spike 2 is made with premium materials and a brushed metal accent band around the edge. The Spike 3 is a limited edition case made in Aluminum. Prices while on pre-order on Kickstarter are, respectively: $25, $40 or $150.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Geeky Gadgets ]

This Is A Tiny Keyboard For Your Phone, With A Special Feature Up Its Sleeve

By David Ponce

RIM, makers of the Blackberry phones, are slowly dying. We hope they find a way out, but the decline might have something to do with them pinning so much of their hopes on keeping the physical keyboard on their handsets. Sure, we’re going to get some flak for coming out so strongly in the anti-buttons camp, but life is the way it is and they’re going to go away eventually. Still, tons of people still like them and stay away from all-touch devices just for that reason. The Elecom alphabet-soup-name TK-MBD041 is a very small keyboard that’ll pair through Bluetooth to iPhones and Android devices and try to give you the best of both worlds. What’s more, you can use it to take calls!

It’s smallish, measuring 13.0mm X 141mm X 53.0mm. But you will never buy it, and here’s why: it’s $230!

[ Press Release ] VIA [ CultOfMac ]

Keyboard Key Decals Helps With Photoshop Shortcuts

By David Ponce

To get the most out of software these days, it’s important to learn how to use it properly. This goes as much for operating systems as for specific applications. Something as complex as Photoshop can take months to master, and developing an efficient workflow is important. To do this, you have to learn keyboard shortcuts and this set of decals can help. They are made specifically for the MacBook Pro’s keyboard and are “made using ultra-high resolution pictures, printed on transparent vinyl MPI material from Avery Graphics, which guarantees no residue with 3-5 years outdoor life.” And most importantly they are not expensive: $16.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]