Here is a wireless Bluetooth keyboard that folds into a phone-sized package

Here is a wireless Bluetooth keyboard that folds into a phone-sized package
Bluetooth wireless keyboards are still a rarity and that’s a bit weird given how huge the mobile market has grown, but still there are some options to get typing quickly on your phone. This one however is probably the most portable keyboard we have ever seen.

With a neat sliding mechanism right in the middle, this keyboard, romantically named the Elecom TK-FBP049E, splits in two and folds into a package as small as the phone itself. Unfold it and it doubles as a phone stand. Of course, it works with all devices supporting Bluetooth, be it the iPhone, an Android, Windows Phone or any other smartphone.

The little keyboard is powered by a single AAA battery, that would keep it running for 8 months. It comes in both a black and white version.

Should you buy it? The answer is probably no as it costs a whopping $182, and you’d have to ship it from Japan. Still, the idea is definitely inspiring.

source: Elecom via Gizmodo

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12 Comments

1. ibap

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

4. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 910; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

I might just invest in that. Thanks for the link.

10. maxspecs

Posts: 37; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

what is the cost of the amazing jorno keyboard??

12. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Looks like it started at $79. Retail is $119.

2. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

i really dont see why i need a foldable bluetooth keyboard other than just showing off

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I am trying to see the compelling value proposition for the Elecom keyboard. If all that was available in the phone market was an iPhone-sized (3.5 inch) touch screen, there would seem to be a fairly compelling value proposition for users with large fingers and thumbs. But as larger screen sizes become the norm, the value proposition for the Elecom diminishes. If the Note II meets its goal of 20+ million sales, it would seem that the combination of a larger screen size plus stylus would pose a serious challenge for the Elecom.

3. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

better for Bluetooth tablets i guess.....

5. ddxmms1

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

yolo keyboard

6. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Worth no more to me than $69.99 -- maybe up to $99.99 including an early adopter tax.

8. ElektronicGeek91

Posts: 105; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Too Bad phones don't do computer like things. So the keyboard is worthless. What's next? A folding mouse to go along with it.

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Huh? What is e-mail? One of the claimed value propositions of the Surface tablets is the ability to create Office files. And, and, and. More and more functions of a traditional office-based PC are being migrated to a tablet form factor. There are just other alternatives available to consumers.

11. ElektronicGeek91

Posts: 105; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Exactly, but I'm speaking specifically about phones. It's pointless to have a keyboard for it. It's even pointless to have a keyboard for my iPad 3 because it doesn't do computer like things. Now, Windows 8 surface deserves a key pad because that's like a mini laptop. I wouldn't be surprised if that even came with a mouse. Aha

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