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    Here is a video of someone who has attached a mini external keyboard to a jail broken iPhone!

    The hacker seems to have managed to get snippets of Ruby code on his iPhone 3G, allowing it to recognize what appears to be a Palm / Visor external keyboard connected with a custom cable.

    I guess that it’s kind of cool that someone can even do this…but the reason I so very much want to buy an iPhone is for the awesome Multi-Touch keyboard, that I have been able to play around with on my friend’s iPhones here and there.

    Source: CrunchGear » Archive » OMG! iPhone keyboard! OMG!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Third Party Hack Adds External Keyboard to iPhone started by AppleChic View original post
    Comments 21 Comments
    1. Madblaster6's Avatar
      Madblaster6 -
      That's exciting. I hope this becomes useful.
    1. Nefarious's Avatar
      Nefarious -
      pretty cool
    1. mgamber's Avatar
      mgamber -
      VERY cool! I'd love to see a real bluetooth stack ported to the iPhone so we can use bluetooth keyboards and headsets someday, also.
    1. cricketlang's Avatar
      cricketlang -
      That is pretty neat. it will make those high end business users happy...im sure of it. who need to maybe type long emails and stuff. Nice Job!!
    1. cscho0415's Avatar
      cscho0415 -
      im working on a bluetooth project and that is one of our hopes
    1. Dingle777's Avatar
      Dingle777 -
      apple chic is hot! she should go on beauty and the geek and she wouldn't need a partner!
    1. realzg's Avatar
      realzg -
      this would be a cool feature for the population that types all the time i think its usefull

      But mostof these hacks and accessories are so hard toget itsnotlike i can walk into a store andbuy half the stuff that people make for the iphone couse if it was that id have most of the gadgets thats been made...
    1. WillyDavidK's Avatar
      WillyDavidK -
      This is neat proof of concept, but the sad thing is that after a week with my iPhone I was able to type considerably faster using the onscreen keyboard than the guy is with the tactile keyboard in the video. Also, I've never really been interested in any phones with built in keyboards, because with my fat fingers, the microscopic keys are virtually useless >_<

      I hope this guy is prepared to start filling some big orders for these things!! Great find AppleChic!
    1. mtwiford's Avatar
      mtwiford -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dingle777 View Post
      apple chic is hot! she should go on beauty and the geek and she wouldn't need a partner!
      ....lame
    1. Bernie-Mac's Avatar
      Bernie-Mac -
      cute i guess but i dont see why you would need this
    1. mtwiford's Avatar
      mtwiford -
      ^^ Exactly what I was thinking.....
    1. echo's Avatar
      echo -
      Quote Originally Posted by mgamber View Post
      VERY cool! I'd love to see a real bluetooth stack ported to the iPhone so we can use bluetooth keyboards and headsets someday, also.
      You can use BT headsets with the iPhone. I use one when I'm driving. Apple sells their own, but you can use any BT headset. I've even managed to pair my iPhone with the BMW in-car BT phone system.

      cheers,
      e
    1. hotsammysliz's Avatar
      hotsammysliz -
      Quote Originally Posted by echo View Post
      You can use BT headsets with the iPhone. I use one when I'm driving. Apple sells their own, but you can use any BT headset. I've even managed to pair my iPhone with the BMW in-car BT phone system.

      cheers,
      e
      i think mgamber was talking about BT headsets as stereo headsets which would very convenient
    1. rdwalsh's Avatar
      rdwalsh -
      It looks very awkward to use, where the iPhone on its own fits nicely in your hands when you type. And as another posted, after a short while fo getting use the they keyboard on the iPhone itself I have gotten quite fast at it. I personally hated going back to a normal phone keyboard while I was waiting for the replacement iPhone.
    1. thaforgottenone's Avatar
      thaforgottenone -
      i would want this...hope this progresses on and something better come to. i can see this being helpful at my job.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Toss in landscape text messaging and I am sure this thing would fly off the rack.
    1. n0m0n's Avatar
      n0m0n -
      This would be useful for me because I have found that it is becoming more and more difficult to use the iPhone keypad maybe because some of use have thinker fingers.
      I keep getting "in" instead of "on", and so on...
      There used to be a way to reset the keyboard if the touch was off but it seem to be gone in v2.1.
      Anything else I can try?

      Thanks
    1. viral_dna's Avatar
      viral_dna -
      I've seen one of these at a shop in my area.

      It's a portable mini usb keyboard. I think it would be great for a nano or pico itx system.

      I had connected an even smaller serial based Keyboard (Chatboard) to an iPhone just for fun, but I'm now working on another project which will be something completely new and different to the iPhone scene.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by WillyDavidK View Post
      This is neat proof of concept, but the sad thing is that after a week with my iPhone I was able to type considerably faster using the onscreen keyboard than the guy is with the tactile keyboard in the video. Also, I've never really been interested in any phones with built in keyboards, because with my fat fingers, the microscopic keys are virtually useless >_<

      I hope this guy is prepared to start filling some big orders for these things!! Great find AppleChic!
      I was about to say the same thing... except that it probably took you less than a week lol, more like 5 minutes :P
    1. Tuna_Oddfellow's Avatar
      Tuna_Oddfellow -
      The important thing about being able to add a keyboard to my Iphone, is really not that that it is practical to me but that it is possible for the people who would groove on this feature to work out a way to have the Iphone hooked to a keyboard.

      One of the things I absolutely adore about our community is that we can try all sorts of alternatives to the unmod Iphones and decide what works for us.

      Hopefully we can eventually have a kit that tells us how to make an external keyboard work for us. Everyone needs a hobby, I believe MMI has created a monster in me... I aint complaining, though!