SmartKeyboard gives Apple iPhone users a thin, physical QWERTY keyboard

SmartKeyboard gives Apple iPhone users a thin, physical QWERTY keyboard
There are many Apple iPhone users who put up with using the virtual QWERTY keyboard on the phone when truthfully, they would feel a whole lot more confident using the handset if it was sporting a physical keyboard. Inspired by the magnetic concept behind the Smart Cover for the Apple iPad, the SmartKeyboard offers a quick and easy on/off physical QWERTY keyboard for iPhone users. In the concept stage, the SmartKeyboard is not yet available for purchase and doesn't even have a web site.

Developed by Motion Lab's Jing Yang, the product slides on and off the Apple iPhone quickly and also can be used as a stand or a handle when taking pictures. When you don't need it, the SmartKeyboard can lie flat on the back of the smartphone. Using the magnetic physical QWERTY also gives you more screen space since it takes up the entire bottom of your iPhone. The SmartKeyboard offers an LED backlight so you can use it in the dark, and will be offered in many colors.

The design of the SmartKeyboard is expected to be changed before it starts to go into production, based on the comments on YouTube. After all, the keys cover up the home button which needs to be accessible, and there are no numbers on the keyboard yet. If the current dimensions stick, SmartKeyboard will be the thinnest physical QWERTY accessory made for the Apple iPhone. There has been no clue on how much the product will cost, or when it will be launched., but for those who want to keep their Apple iPhone and have the option of using a physical QWERTY keyboard, the SmartKeyboard can't hit the market fast enough.

source: Dvice via Geek

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1. baldilocks

Posts: 1540; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

This has to be the most useless invention ever. Having to carry this around somewhere and stick it to the phone ONLY when you want to use the keyboard in portrait mode? Not logical and not a very bright idea.

2. BxKevin

Posts: 3; Member since: May 14, 2011

haha come on its not THAT bad. i kinda laughed at it but.....whatever lol

3. s unregistered

I would buy it if it latched onto the back and slid out.

4. kishani unregistered

this is very stupid thing beacuse touch is better

6. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

It's kinda cool. Handy when you're doing IM or replying with a long email or blogging using your iphone. I also like it that you're able to use it as a stand.

7. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

I think this would be AWESOME if they figured out a way to make it so it would cover the whole back of your phone like a case, and always stay on, but flip down to work as a keyboard. And also make sure the added pressure won't hurt the screen.

8. huhu unregistered

this is will be ban and lawsuit by sony ericsson just look the same idea at the SE p800 qwerty keyboard apple innovate or copying??

9. MySchizoBuddy

Posts: 159; Member since: Aug 23, 2011

this isn't made by Apple. your hatred is showing.

10. Juice unregistered

I love it how people who think their into technology curse/ban anything they don't like. You do know there was probably a concept iPhone at one point you probably would have scoffed at... Innovation is always good. You're only showing your level of intelligence by criticizing "innovation".

11. Dannie_Girl unregistered

To video editor: thinnest has TWO Ns in it not one @ 0.04 Thank you very much :)

12. CMatz unregistered


13. plint6 unregistered

The greatest benefit of this keyboard is that you can type with your thumbs on a full touchscreen mobile device, like on a mobile device with a fixed qwerty keyboard. imo, typing with your thumbs is the fastest and most natural/ergonomic way to type on a portable device. A physical keyboard also enhances a better grip and control of your device. I think this smart keyboard is a great idea an imo it actually can heat up the pressure on sales of devices with a fixed qwerty keyboard. Can we also expect one for Android devices or tablets? So, here is the question for you: which device would you choose now: A full touchscreen device with this smart keyboard (like an iPhone4) or a device with a fixed keyboard (like the BB devices)?

14. biscutbob

Posts: 82; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Its a pretty good idea. As long as it has a good spot to put it when not in use or if i could slide it into jean pockets it should be cool . I would like to see this on a gaming lvl like mabey little physical buttons and super mini joystick you could place around depending on the game but who knows .. bring this to the 4.3 inch androids!

15. Gk unregistered

Is this working with other apps? like skype, facebook chat, cacao talk and etc..

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