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Hammacher Schlemmer outs a $200 laser-generated virtual keyboard for smartphones and tablets

Hammacher Schlemmer outs a $200 laser-generated virtual keyboard for smartphones and tablets
We've seen laser-generated virtual keyboard ideas here and there, but there has been silence on this front for a while. Now Hammacher Schlemmer, everyone's favorite overpriced catalog and retail gift shop, has one in store for smartphone and tablet owners in flesh and blood.

The Magic Cube (yep, that's what's written on it), projects a virtual keyboard with red lasers from a slit at its top to any surface, connects to your gizmo via Bluetooth, and lets you type the futuristic way, using your whole screen real estate, like the popular iPhone concept we saw not long ago. In fact, the maker has a dedicated case for the iPhone 4 or 4S, with the Magic Cube and additional battery pack integrated, which is demoed in the video below.

It is 3" tall, can detect up to 400 characters per minute, and has two and a half hours of battery life, which is the sad part. There are a number of colors for it on the manufacturer's website, but HS seems to be selling only the silver one for now.

Hammacher Schlemmer outs a $200 laser-generated virtual keyboard for smartphones and tablets
Hammacher Schlemmer outs a $200 laser-generated virtual keyboard for smartphones and tablets

The device will be on sale at the end of the month, and is called simply The Virtual Keyboard at HS, although on it we have the words Magic Cube stamped, which a quick Google search revealed to be the Prodigy Laser Projected Keyboard made by Celluon.

The manufacturer says it will be available in the summer for $169.99, while the Hammacher Schlemmer units will be on sale starting January 27 for $199.95, but you always overpay to be early adopter, plus think about the coolness factor you will introduce to your corner Starbucks.

source: HS & Celluon


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posted on 12 Jan 2012, 10:37 1

1. AngusNG12345 (Posts: 37; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


cool lol

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 10:47

2. dws93 (Posts: 15; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


WoW that's so cool , but my question is does it support other languages or only English ???

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 11:30 2

3. flopjoke (Posts: 42; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)


This technology was already there in Hotels in Japan, about 10 years ago.

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 11:45 1

4. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


always one

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 12:04

5. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


pertty cool that its made to be supported by other smartphones other than the iphone

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 13:12 1

7. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4208; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


This is what it says on their website word for word, "Compatible OS: Android 2.0/2.1/2.2, iPhone/iPad 4.0, any device with Bluetooth HID support" Here is their site:

http://celluon.com/products/laserkey1_3.htm?sm=2_1

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 12:55 1

6. -box- (Posts: 3823; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I recall seeing this either conceptualized or advertised back when Palm Pilots and Treos (the PDA era) were huge. Good to know it's not priced crazily, but I'd want to be able to test it before putting that sort of money down on something like that, especially with as small as separate Bluetooth keyboards are getting, especially the roll-up type

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