Eager for a physical keyboard without sacrificing screen space? Check out the WayTools TextBlade
posted by Maxwell R. / Jan 17, 2015, 8:15 PM
Despite what the big slabs of glass in our hands might otherwise say, people like keyboards. Our on-screen renderings of such prove that. Even the most radical departures to aid with on-screen typing are still based on the QWERTY framework that has been around for a hundred years.
A company called WayTools has a solution that re-invents the physical keyboard in a ultra-slender design, while retaining a design that ensures no one has to relearn how to type. The TextBlade is a compact, Bluetooth connected keyboard that magnetically comes together, or collapses into a package that is smaller than an iPhone 4.
Even with haptic feedback, there is still something to be said about the real sensation of a physical keyboard, and the TextBlade uses touch technology and real keys to round out the experience. WayTools claims the same full finger spacing as found on a desktop, and 2mm of key travel with pressed.
A number of smart features are built into the compact design too. Called MultiLayer Key technology, special symbols and editing keys are within easy reach and access.
The TextBlade costs $99 and is compatible with iOS devices running version 7 and later, and “most” Android devices running 4.4 KitKat or later. Judging by WayTools' calendar of availability, it looks like production of the TextBlade is barely keeping up with demand. We can see why.
sources: WayTools via TNW
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So people buy touchscreen phones then buy physical keyboards because they don't like typing on touchscreen phones? Ok.
posted on Jan 17, 2015, 9:51 PM 0
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Some times is better txting on a physical keyboard when doing some work or project on a table... :)
posted on Jan 17, 2015, 10:21 PM 0
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People use phones for productive work and project? 90% of the people I know use phones for leisures and games, 30% of that number hardly use facebook or other texting heavy activities and do their job on laptop. Perhaps I'm being semi-luddite with my opinions but I don't see the practicality of this keyboard appendix.
posted on Jan 17, 2015, 11:25 PM 2
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I totally get what you are saying when it comes to smartphones. But this thing works with iPad as well. This would be a nice little keyboard to throw in the bag and it adds little bulk. Now I wouldnt use this on my job, but it would be great for leisure travel or using at the coffee shop, etc, to type those longer emails.
posted on Jan 18, 2015, 8:25 AM 1
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because there's no decent Android/iOS powered phones with physical keyboard?
posted on Jan 17, 2015, 10:32 PM 0
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Because people would rather sacrifice the keyboard than sacrifice the apps they use. We used to have Android phones with phisical keyboards, but the vast majority didn't want them. Therefore, it is not economically viable to make such phones just in order to target a niche. Right now, there is no smartphone that covers all bases for me. All current smartphones sacrifice sooo much and are almost all alike. There are very few diffrent phones today(Blackberry Passport, Yota Phone 2, Google Ara, a few others), but they also sacrifice a lot.
posted on Jan 18, 2015, 12:01 PM 0
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WayTools web designer blocked Internet Explorer 11 on Windows Phone from loading their website. They put up a message saying "Please load the page in Chrome, Firefox or Safari" or something to that effect. They just lost a sale. I use WP, iOS and Android devices and would have bought the keyboard but I will not support a company when underhanded tactics such as web browser blocking are used. WayTools, way to block yourself out of money.
posted on Jan 17, 2015, 11:04 PM 1
Looks horrible, Sony's Bluetooth keyboard is way better than this weird crap!
posted on Jan 17, 2015, 11:39 PM 1
I think I received your check from Sony in the mail by accident. What address should I send it to?
posted on Jan 18, 2015, 8:22 AM 1
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