Touchfire on-screen keyboard is a new take on iPad typing: raises $200,000 on Kickstarter

Touchfire on-screen keyboard is a new take on iPad typing: raises $200,000 on Kickstarter
The iPad 2 is probably the closest to being the perfect tablet for the masses - its sales figures have proved that true over and over again in the last nearly two years. It’s the perfect media consumption device, but go into content creation and you’ll almost immediately notice that it’s still not perfectly fit for that. Especially, when it comes to typing down lengthy blog posts, emails or even worse - writing a whole book. That’s where the TouchFire screen-top keyboard comes to save the day.

The Touchfire stretches across the tablet when used in landscape mode and gives you that nice touch feedback you need to really start typing quickly. Additionally, the Touchfire weighs just under an ounce and it folds with the iPad’s cover. It’s also completely transparent, so it doesn’t feel like half of your screen is missing. It mimics an actual keyboard - it strikes the right balance for sensitivity so you can cushion your fingers on a key without actually triggering input and with an easy press you get to type. And most interestingly - it has raised over $200,000 on Kickstarter, more than twenty times the creator’s initial goal of $10,000.

When we go into the mechanics, it becomes apparent that the Touchfire uses magnets to attach to the sides of the tablet. The typing resistance is achieved with a small bumps under the silicon keys on the keyboard. 

Now, some might prefer an external Bluetooth keyboard, but the Touchfire is definitely different enough to have its own unique appeal. The question is - do you think you need it in a crowded market, full of external iPad keyboards?

source: Kickstarter via Mashable

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11 Comments

1. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

They are gonna get rich off of that thing.

3. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

yup. i wonder if it will be from product sales or apple buy out. either way, good for them.

10. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

It would be a great addition to apple if they buy them out and hire the engineers who helped create it.

2. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

the title of this article might as well be " Victor H. faps over the ipad 2" No way is it near perfect, it maybe the most popular but thats apple marketing, doesnt make it a near perfect device does it, it just proves people are uneducated. Galaxy tab - Cheaper Expandable memory Better camera's More Ram Better Display - 10.1-in. (diag); 1280×800; 149 ppi

4. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

he says "for the masses" calm down. if you really read this and visited the source link, and all you see is that part, you have issues.

5. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

GPS on all models - Ipad 2 only Digital compass (no GPS on wifi-only models) 7000mAH 3.7V Li-polymer HDMI Out Flash the list goes on Ipad 2 = not near pefect. Galaxy tab closer to perfection

6. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

I have to agree with you. The editor is saying that the iPad 2 is the closest to perfect for the masses, because it sells so well. But that is faulty reasoning. Apple has a big name, and while there are tablets that can cream the iPad, most people want it anyway. It is all they know...

7. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

you fandroids are so dense. things like ease of use, intuitive software, stability, no lag, dev support, etc. can easily be viewed as more important than anything the other tablets offer.

8. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Agreed ayephoner. He clearly stated perfect for the masses and I will agree 100% there.

9. shafboy

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 26, 2010

If yo uwant to argue so much, say it. But which one is the best selling right now?

11. UltraElectroMagneticPOP

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

Not a fanboy of any sort, but I would argue that being "perfect for the masses" doesn't imply being the best spec'd. The thing about iDevices is that they're so strictly engineered (hardware + software) that they work almost flawlessly for their intended use (i.e. as an entertainment device). And they're very simplistic, anyone can use them! Even senior citizens without much tech knowledge. They just feel... natural. You don't exactly need to learn how to use them. That's why they're "perfect for the masses". Much like public urinals.

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