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.


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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7 Comments

1. AngusNG12345

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

cool lol

2. dws93

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

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

3. flopjoke

Posts: 42; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

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

4. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

always one

5. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

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

7. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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

6. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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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