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  • 4iThumbs Overlay - A Tactile Keyboard for your iPhone


    One the biggest features that might sway a heavy texter away from purchasing the iPhone might be it's lack of keyboard. With no real feedback except for some sounds and visual cues, the iPhone keyboard can serve to be quite the pain in the *** if you do alot of typing on your Phone.

    Still to this day I have Blackberry users squeel about how their BB is better because it has a keyboard or how the BlackBerry Storm's feedback is way better than the iPhone. While all of this may be true, as always, we iPhone users have lots of options.

    Although this is probably something I would never use due to the fact that I do NOT want to carry around a bunch of screens. One thing in my pocket is enough.

    4iThumbs has created a tactile overlay for your iPhone keyboard providing real time feedback and as the website says, you can even type without looking. (I doubt that)

    Esesntially the i4Thumbs overlay has small little bumps where the keyboard would be. Although the pictures and video show an overlay designed for portrait mode, there is also a landscape version of the overlay as well. Of course this could serve to be a pain in the *** if you want to switch back and forth, but nonetheless, the option for a tactile keyboard on the iPhone does exist.

    You'll be happy to know that the 4iThumbs overlay is easily removed at any time to enjoy your games without some weird button layout. Their website boasts that the screen is one of the strongest protectors and has anti-glare built in. They also dub it as your "personal trainer".

    The screen is $15 and only includes ONE type.

    Check out their spoof commercial below. Albeit a little cheesy, but delivers the point.



    This article was originally published in forum thread: 4iThumbs Overlay - A Tactile Keyboard for your iPhone started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 41 Comments
    1. Raptors's Avatar
      Raptors -
      OMG! I "don't" WANT THIS!
      How lame
    1. adsonjustin's Avatar
      adsonjustin -
      ugh. useless
    1. dallaspowers's Avatar
      dallaspowers -
      OKAY! Seriously people, if you find typing to be that big of a ***** on the iPhone then a touch screen is not for you! Simple as that.
    1. Nick Hesson's Avatar
      Nick Hesson -
      Quote Originally Posted by dallaspowers View Post
      OKAY! Seriously people, if you find typing to be that big of a ***** on the iPhone then a touch screen is not for you! Simple as that.
      Hahaha I couldn't agree more.
    1. Greenpants's Avatar
      Greenpants -
      Too bad he held up a Treo and said "and I'm a Blackberry." Not sure if that was intentional or not. Either way, pretty lame commercial.
    1. Nick Hesson's Avatar
      Nick Hesson -
      Quote Originally Posted by Greenpants View Post
      Too bad he held up a Treo and said "and I'm a Blackberry." Not sure if that was intentional or not. Either way, pretty lame commercial.
      bahahaha, I didn't even notice! Good Eye, and my guess is, its not on purpose. The production value is just way too low to imagine them thinking about the continuity of the "blackberry".
    1. staterunner180's Avatar
      staterunner180 -
      I think that they should just make a removable keyboard that can be plugged into the dock connector. I have the LG Versa and I can either use the virtual keyboard (much like the iPhone's but with haptic feedback) or I can put on a detachable full QWERTY keyboard. A very good idea i think....
    1. jaas75's Avatar
      jaas75 -
      i think its a great idea. personally i dont type to much on the iphone but none the less its a great concept.
      remember that new ideas is what make us a great country. (pls dont slamm the guys who invent this even if you think is useless )
    1. ifonemaniac's Avatar
      ifonemaniac -
      I think this is the very first item that I haven't purchased solely due to the advertisement... Come on guys. This ad is g@yer than aids
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      F-A-I-L not for me...
    1. ramiro9448's Avatar
      ramiro9448 -
      Quote Originally Posted by isham.padron View Post
      I love modmyi but I can't stand it when they hurry up to post information and get names wrong like i4Thumbs when it should be 4ithumbs. Someone needs to proof read these before posting. I think it's a great idea but it doesn't work form me.

      Even the web link to the site is dead...
      I like how isham.padron is complaining about nickhesson's misspelling in the article when he himself has misspelled the word "for" in his post here, "...but it doesn't work form me."

      Take your own advice man.
    1. stlcaddie's Avatar
      stlcaddie -
      the iPhone is supposed to be simple and fast, now it will take 10 minutes to prep your iPhone for a message. RetaRTed, watch them make a million dollars off this. I'm thinking about duct tapping my computer keyboard to my 3gs, imagine how fast I could type then. How do I start a patent.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      lol. I guess nobody likes it
    1. stlcaddie's Avatar
      stlcaddie -
      Bingo!!!!!
    1. H0CKEY's Avatar
      H0CKEY -
      This is so lame, Billy Mays wouldn't even promote it if he had 9 lives
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zwayne View Post
      Lame....
      yup i agree
    1. istyl's Avatar
      istyl -
      it's a nice idea but it luks ugly
    1. treble26's Avatar
      treble26 -
      stupid, and useless.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      QUOTE:"....Blackberry users squeel about how their BB is better because it has a keyboard or how the BlackBerry Storm's feedback is way better than the iPhone...."

      the reason being, is that the blackberrys screen actually indents in as you press it. its not haptic feedback, its physical feedback. how long do you suppose a screen like that would hold up to a serious typer?
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      go buy a tactile keyboard phone douche