This popped into my mailbox yesterday evening and I was instantly intrigued by it, as surely a small keyboard could not actually be productive. So I dug a bit deeper and then discovered that this board will use multi-touch in its 8 keys. Yep you read that right excluding the space bar the keyboard only has 8 keys on it with multiple key options on each key. These keys are not just some cheap nasty touch type keys they are fully mechanical with 2mm of travel. That is the same as the keys on a Thinkpad or a Macbook!
The board will work via Bluetooth with your iPad and iPhone and it also supports Android KitKat, I am yet to ascertain if it will work with Android Lollipop, I have asked the maker of the keyboard WayTools this very question and I am awaiting a response.
Here is a video of what I am talking about and it all becomes clear.
Here is a video explaining it in a bit more detail.
So there you have it, this is possibly one of the smallest keyboards I have seen to date and it actually looks like it works. It is shipping now in the US for $90 and I can only hope that it will be coming to the UK and Europe in the near future, hopefully with an increased range of useable devices.
For me it could be the answer I am looking for with regard to productivity whilst I am on the go and only sporting my phone or tablet.
WayTools Unveils TextBlade for iPhone 6. Touch-Typing Breakthrough.
As the smartphone becomes the dominant workhorse, a powerful new typing technology transforms what tablets and phones can do.
SANTA MONICA, California – January 13, 2015 – WayTools today announced its TextBlade, with patented MultiTouch Key technology that brings full travel, touch-typing to the iPhone 6.
At just 1.5 ounces and 1/3 the size of an iPhone, TextBlade is astonishingly light and small, and fits easily in any pocket. Built with patented, next-gen key switch technology, it provides desktop finger-spacing, and full 2mm travel (even more than a MacBook Pro), in the slimmest full QWERTY device ever made.
“TextBlade is an entirely new class of device that delivers professional-grade, familiar touch typing to any platform – from iPhones to iPads to Android, without compromising the size or feel of the tablet.”said Mark Knighton, CEO of WayTools.
Free of any attachments to the tablet, TextBlade is ready in seconds whenever needed for serious typing, yet out of the way and invisible when consuming content. It enables full-screen content production anywhere, while preserving all of the intrinsic advantages of tablets.
TextBlade is brimming with advanced technology, including the World’s first physical MultiTouch Keys, ultra low energy Bluetooth Smart, and the first MultiLayer Keys, bringing symbols and editing to home row … all engineered into the most compact touch-type machine ever produced.
So efficient is the design, even the spacebar is structurally formed from an ultra-slim, specially engineered lithium polymer battery. TextBlade runs for a month, and fast-charges on any USB port in just minutes, without cords of any kind. A network of 4 computers with 100X the processing power of legacy devices drives advanced software intelligence. And precision MagLever mechanisms deliver high-quality key-feel previously known only on desktops.
TextBlade has spawned an armada of intellectual property, with six US and foreign patents already issued, and more than a dozen additional patents pending.
To bring touch-typing forward for the Tablet Era, WayTools set a simple, but radical goal:
“Great touch-typing – as easy to carry as a pen.”
Pricing and Availability
TextBlade has now entered mass production, and deliveries begin in February.This significant advance in typing technology is available for just $99 at the WayTools Store.It’s online atwww.waytools.com, and goes on sale today.
WayTools builds consumer technology where imagination drives compelling leaps forward.
WayTools co-founder Mark Knighton, is also CEO of NextEngine, the #1 best-selling 3D Laser Scanner manufacturer. The team’s deep engineering culture spans diverse disciplines, and decades of experience in design, development, and manufacturing. WayTools builds products that solve big problems – with intelligent architecture, a passion for design, and beauty in the details. WayTools is headquartered in the heart of Silicon Beach, in Santa Monica, California.