Bluetooth keyboard case for the Apple iPhone needs a holiday miracle to get funded

Bluetooth keyboard case for the Apple iPhone needs a holiday miracle to get funded
Do you remember the Typo? This was a special case for the Apple iPhone that came with a dedicated physical QWERTY keyboard. It was created by T.V. personality Ryan Seacrest and launched in 2014. On the surface, the Typo seemed like a great idea. However, Seacrest made a huge blunder; because he personally used BlackBerry phones when the Typo was designed, the QWERTY keys on product bore more than a passing resemblance to the physical QWERTY found on BlackBerry handsets, specifically the one on the BlackBerry Q10.

After BlackBerry went to court to block the Typo, the Typo 2 was announced. If Seacrest and company made any changes to placate BlackBerry on the updated version, we couldn't find them. Eventually, Typo was forced to pay BlackBerry $860,000 and went out of business.

What brings up this interesting story is a Kickstarter campaign for a new case that fits the iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone 11 Pro. Called the Physibo, which is a play on the phrase "Physical Keyboard" (Physibro might have been a better choice), the product is being billed as a Bluetooth keyboard case that claims to be "the only one of its kind currently on the market." The company says that the Physibo "is a keyboard accessory aimed to enable iPhone users to continue to enjoy stronger, more convenient BlackBerry-like typing."

The Physibo claims to reduce typing errors while allowing users to employ "blind touch" to type. Despite its thin and lightweight form factor, the accessory did manage to pass a six-foot drop test; this is important since the Physibo is a case after all.


As great as it sounds, it is going to take a last-minute surge to get the funding required to produce the case. With eight days left in the Kickstarter campaign (it expires on December 21, 2019, at 3:33 PM EST), the Physibo has raised only $1,486 of the $200,000 funding goal. Should a miracle happen (this is the season for it), the product would ship in February with an MSRP of $129.99. If it doesn't get the funding, the Physibo will go the way of the Typo.

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7 Comments

1. j_grouchy

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

I thought we were well past the "don't get rid of the physical keyboard!" days.

4. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1213; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Have a quick look at CrackBerry forums, haha, you’d be surprised. This is an interesting accessory though, I can see some people going for it.

5. Rafishant

Posts: 407; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Lots of sad and desperate people in this community. I remember like few years ago, every article in Crackberry generated hundreds of comments and non stopable forum threads all the day. Look how miserable is that forum today!

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22714; Member since: May 28, 2014

CrackBerry forums are the worst. I’m more a fan of BlackBerry the company and what they are doing now with their QNX software than I am of TCL and what they are doing with their branded BlackBerry smartphones. It’s the main reason why I stopped using BlackBerry smartphones. I’d much rather that BlackBerry themselves put out one BlackBerry a year than what TCL is doing.

2. JOHNNY8573

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

Just get a blackberry key 2 if you suck that much typing on the screen

3. MsPooks

Posts: 295; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

"the only one of its kind currently on the market" If it's currently on the market, just sell the freaking things. Duh.

8. atlvideoguy

Posts: 75; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

Didn't Ryan Seacrest try something like this and got busted by blackberry for copyright infrigment?? https://www.theverge.com/2015/6/1/8696991/blackberry-typo-keyboard-lawsuit-settlement

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