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

Tag Archives: Keyboards

Rii Mini Wireless Keyboard

 Rii Mini Wireless Keyboard (Image courtesy Brando)
By Andrew Liszewski

Last year we had a brief hands-on with Unisen’s wireless compact keyboard & touchpad device, and while it’s served its purpose well, we’ve already got the hankering to upgrade to this little beauty from Brando. The Rii mini wireless keyboard looks like a display-less cellphone, but it’s designed to control a Windows or Linux based PC via a wireless 2.4GHz RF connection with a decent range of about 30 meters.

All of the keys are backlit, making it particularly useful in a darkened home theater, and the rechargeable lithium-ion battery has a standby time of around 500 to 700 hours, though there’s no mention of how long it will last with regular use. The square shaped touchpad allows it to be used in either a horizontal or vertical orientation, but there’s also a miniature 4-way directional pad that most likely doubles as your standard arrow keys. And if you’re using it in a business or office environment to control a slideshow, there’s even a built-in laser pointer which is a plus for any gadget. Now the $92.00 price tag from Brando is a bit steep, so I imagine a lot of people who might be interested in the keyboard will be holding off until someone posts a review confirming it works as claimed.

[ Rii Mini Wireless Keyboard ] VIA [ The Gadgeteer ]

Mobience smallQWERTY Keypad Designed For Keyboard-less Touchscreen Devices

Mobience smallQWERTY Keypad (Image courtesy AVING USA)
By Andrew Liszewski

Touchscreen displays not only make portable devices like smartphones and MIDs easier to interact with, but they also remove the need for a dedicated keyboard, which can take up a lot of space. However, if you still prefer the tactile feel of a hardware keyboard, the compact smallQWERTY keypad from Mobience could be a reasonable compromise.

Even though its name includes the term ‘QWERTY’ the keypad doesn’t have 26 alphanumeric keys, instead it includes a 12 button numeric keypad like on a traditional phone, with 8 additional function buttons. Typing out words either requires you to hit certain buttons multiple times to get the letter you need, or hopefully it uses a software trick like T9 to predict the word with minimal presses. Unfortunately there’s no information on when this device might be available, and the fact that the Mobience website is currently just a GoDaddy pageholder doesn’t bode well for anyone wanting to get their hands on one.

[ AVING USA – Mobience to develop ‘smallQWERTY’ keyboard for MID and smartphone ] VIA [ DVICE ]

[CES 2010] Eclipse litetouch Keyboard Brings A Touchscreen To Your Living Room


By Chris Scott Barr

There was a time not all that long ago where Mad Catz was a brand associated with cheap gaming accessories that no one really cared all that much about. After the acquisition of Saitek, the company really turned things around. I had the pleasure of checking out their latest line of products, each one a quality piece of hardware. In fact, the first one I’m going to show you isn’t even related to gaming.

We’ve seen a number of solutions for controlling your living room PC and Mad Catz has their own. Under the Eclipse brand, the new litetouch keyboard is a sleek peripheral that wouldn’t look bad at all sitting on your coffee table. It’s a little smaller than your average desktop keyboard, thanks to the F-keys being dropped down and the arrow keys (and a few others) being brought in to the left of where they’d normally sit. If it’s going to be sitting out, smaller is generally better.

Continue Reading

[CES 2010] Smartfish Announces A New Twist On The Ergonomic Keyboard


By Chris Scott Barr

There’s nothing new about the idea of an ergonomic keyboard. The logic behind them is that your average keyboard is not designed with your wrists in mind. Most of them are split down the middle, with your hands being at slight angles, rather than running parallel. However, since repetitive motion is still an issue, wouldn’t typing on an angled keyboard still be bad after a few hours? Smartfish thinks so.

While checking out some of the booths, I cam across a rather interesting keyboard. At first glance the ErgoMotion looks like any other ergonomic keyboard. While it is based on the same principals as most, it has one major difference: a motor.

Continue Reading

Keystick Keyboard Folds Like A Fan For Portability


By David Ponce

Designers Yoonsang Kim & Eunsung Park have envisioned the above keyboard, called the “Keystick” as a fully functional qwerty device that would fold up like an accordion when not in use, into the shape of a stick. It’s arguably better than some of the current solutions, like rolling keyboards, since they’re mushy and don’t feel like normal keyboards. Or regular folding keyboards (like the Matias) that take up so much space they might as well not bother trying to be compact.

Sadly it’s just a concept at the moment, but you can look at a few more pictures after the jump.

Continue Reading

Glow In Dark Keyboard Stickers


By Chris Scott Barr

Backlit keyboards have become rather popular over the years, especially with gamers. Why? Because we tend to sit in the dark and game until the sun comes up. Sure, we know how to type without looking at our keyboards, but sometimes after grabbing a drink, we need to be able to quickly see where a specific key is without first finding home row. Oh, and it just looks awesome. Well fancy keyboards such as these can be rather expensive, so someone crafted a way to make the keys glow on any old keyboard.

Glow in Dark Keyboard Stickers are the perfect solution. Of course by “perfect solution” I mean “worst idea ever.” Take a look at your current keyboard, with careful detail to your home row keys. If you’ve had it for a while, you’ll probably notice that either the letters have started to wear off a bit, or there is at least some visible signs that your fingers spend a good bit of time resting there. Now imagine if you put stickers on those keys. How long do you think they’d last? Oh, and don’t forget the tedious task of putting them all on straight. Even at $9, I’d rather have a plain boring keyboard than one with glow-in-the-dark stickers.

[ BaronBob ] VIA [ FoolishGadgets ]

Lenovo Releases New ThinkPad USB Keyboard


By Chris Scott Barr

I spend a lot of time typing, so having a keyboard that’s comfortable is really important. When I’m on the road, I don’t generally mind typing on my MacBook, but only for short periods. If I’m going to be writing anything of great length, I’m going to prefer a desktop keyboard every time. It’s for that reason that I’m surprised to find that Lenovo makes an external keyboard that’s modeled after their notebook keyboards.

The new ThinkPad USB Keyboard is actually not the first of its kind. Rather, Lenovo has been working with customers via surveys to create a better keyboard. The result was a keyabord that matches that of the T400-series laptop as close as humanly possible. Thanks to user input, they have removed the trackpad, numberpad and reduced the price to $59. I suppose if you’re really in love with your ThinkPad keyboard, then you might enjoy this. I’ll just stick with my regular desktop keyboard.

[ Lenovo ] VIA [ EverythingUSB ]

Hunt And Peck Keyboard Reinforces Bad Typing Habits


By Chris Scott Barr

Typing is a skill that’s almost a requirement to get by in everyday life these days. Yet I am amazed at the number of people I know that use the old “hunt and peck” method. You’d think that after working with a computer for so long, one would eventually give in and learn to do it properly. Well now there is a keyboard made especially for these stubborn people, the aptly-named Hunt and Peck Keyboard.

At first this keyboard seems like any other, until you realize that the keys are in alphabetical order. This is to make it easier for those that never bothered to learn the QWERTY layout. You can press a button and it switches to the standard layout, so that any normal person can actually type with any real speed. To add further insult, you can use the F-keys for quick abreviations like LOL, IMO and ASAP. If you’re thinking about buying this for someone, take that $30 and go find a copy of Mario Teaches Typing or something. It did wonders for me back in the 6th grade.

[ firstSTREET ] VIA [ UberReview ]

iKey Crafts A Rugged Wrist-Mounted Keyboard For Soldiers


By Chris Scott Barr

How many times have you been in a war zone and needed to quickly and quietly get a message to someone? Sure, I’m guessing that a lot of you haven’t been in that situation, but I’m sure that it can be rather a difficult task. Well this new AK-39 keyboard was designed to help overcome that obstacle.

Besides the obvious ability to be strapped to an arm, the keyboard can withstand harsh electromagnetic interference and has LED backlighting so it can be used with night vision goggles. Now I just wonder how long it’ll be before someone makes a cheap knockoff for cell phones. There’s no word on pricing, but iKey is happy to send you a quote if you’re really interested.

[ iKey ] VIA [ Dvice ]