A new portable keyboard, to be used with the iPhone, iPad, or any other Bluetooth-enabled device, has just been announced. It has a totally new design from anything we’ve seen before. It’s called the TextBlade.
It’s made of 3 pieces, which fold together into a case (and the case doubles as an iPhone stand). Folded down, it’s less than half the size of an iPhone — 4 inches long by 1 inch wide.
The way they get it so small: There are only 8 keys (4 for each hand), and each key can type multiple letters depending on the direction you push the key. They claim that it feels like a standard-size keyboard.
The company has raised $1 million in advance purchases. They’re also donating 10,000 TextBlades to elementary schools.
The price: $99. Or you can get 6 for the price of 5.
Availability: Mid-March, as of right now anyway.
I’ve been waiting years for a truly portable keyboard that feels like the real thing. Glad to see that inventors are still working on a solution.