Over the years, we have seen a number of attempts at offering Apple iPhone users a physical QWERTY keyboard. From plastic overlays
to huge contraptions, they all faded away mostly because the Apple iPhone keyboard is the best in the business. Still, there will be some for whom typing on glass is not a solution
. For them, Spike could be the answer. Developed by SoloMatrix, Spike turns a physical QWERTY keyboard into part of a protective case so that it doesn't stand out.
There are three different versions of Spike. Spike1 has a keyboard that rotates to the back, leaving a little hump. Spike2 lets you store the QWERTY in the back, flush with the body of the Apple iPhone. There is also an aluminum body special edition Spike3. If you like the idea of using a physical QWERTY keyboard on the Apple iPhone, and at the same time protecting your device with a case
, you might want to take a hard look at purchasing one of the Spike models.
The project is kickstarter funded
and so far they have 135 backers who have pledged $7,000 and they need to raise $75,000 with just 35 days left. Where is Mark Cuban when you need him? (Not hoisting the Larry O'Brien trophy this year). Spike1 will retail for $35 and a $20 pledge will get you the unit for the iPhone in black. Pledge $25 and you have the choice of receiving the Spike1 in black or white. A pledge of $40 or more gets you the premium Spike2 version which is expected to retail for $60. If you have an interested in getting a product that you need while also helping fund something you might find worthwhile, check out the sourcelink.