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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


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 ]

Roccat Power Grid And Phobos Keyboard Could Revolutionize Gaming

By David Ponce

Well, that’s a hyperbole. Maybe “positively impact” is more like it, but makes for a shitty headline…

Anyway, there are a bunch of products on the market aiming to improve on the interface between man and gaming machine. For example, we’ve recently seen the Razer Blade, a $2,800 laptop that features a touchscreen beneath the keypad whose job it is to let you access vital game functions. But the Roccat Phobos keyboard combined with the free Power Grid application could ditch the expensive laptop altogether and bring similar functionality to your current gaming rig. The idea is that you’d dock the iPhone into the keyboard and it would become an accessory gaming hub. You’d have access to a bunch of shortcuts arranged in grids (hence the name), with a view into your machine’s vitals, macro keys, social networking pings, volume control, etc. You can edit these grids and include whatever you want into them, and then share your configuration with your friends. It’s pretty cool.

The application in under development at the moment, and Beta testers are being sought. We don’t know when the keyboard itself would come out, nor for how much. But something tells us it should be way south of $2,800.

Hit the jump for a few more pictures of the UI and links.

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What Your Crotch Needs Is More Keyboard

By David Ponce

Because designers have the best ideas, we sometimes get to look at products like the above pair of jeans. It’s the brainchild of designers Erik de Nijs and Tim Smit and it’s called “The Beauty And The Geek”. We think it should be called something else entirely, but we’re just not funny enough to think of what exactly. The point is that these jeans, which thankfully are more of a proof of concept than actual projected product, integrate a fully functional keyboard, mouse and speakers. Or rather, we should say that the designers don’t have the funding to make a project of this complexity take off. If they did, Erik and Tim figure the pants would retail for around $400.

We could make endless commentary on these and crack some jokes and what not. But we think the images speak for themselves.

[ Designer’s Website (in pretentious Flash) ] VIA [ WebProNews ]