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09-16-2009, 08:06 PM #1
iTwinge Bringing Physical Keyboard To the iPhone
Image via CNET
From business persons to hardcore gamers, the lack of a physical keyboard is a problem both for customers who already have the device and those who refuse to get one for this very reason.
Cool as a touch-screen may be, some folks will never shake their affections for a keyboard. For those individuals, luck would have it that this longstanding problem may soon wind to a close.
According to The New York Times:
Toronto-based Mobile Mechatronics said it has built a Blackberry-style physical keyboard that attaches to an iPhone. The keyboard - called iTwinge - has a short kind of sleeve that you slide the phone into. It attaches to the phone’s battery port to draw power for the keyboard. It slides on and off and no special software is required to use it.
Incredibly, the exited response I received from my iPhone-loving friends was tremendous when I brought up the news about iTwinge. Sad but true, the majority were actually more pumped about this keyboard sleeve that anything Apple announced at their 9/09/09 media event.
The keyboard will sell for $30 with $5 shipping to the U.S. There are prototypes in beta test now, which have rubber keyboards. The final version will be made of hard plastic.
hardware's bandwagon until I've actually experimented with it, it's understandable why so many ant-iPhone people may now make the jump to Apple just because of this particular development.
09-16-2009, 08:09 PM #2
Awesome! Can I play games with this physical keyboard? I need one!Asking for help is different from being stupid. Fanboys can rot in @#$%!
09-16-2009, 08:10 PM #3
As much as I would love a physical keyboard on the iPhone, I wouldn't get this...
I guess it's just not my styleI always feel sorry for the guy in the iPhone commercials. He always gets a call right in the middle of trying to do something
09-16-2009, 08:12 PM #4
09-16-2009, 08:19 PM #5
I sure hope they plan on making that ugly thing more aesthetically pleasing. iPhone = Sexy, iPhone + iTwinge = Not even with the lights off...Viruses
09-16-2009, 08:26 PM #6
how soon before they decide to develop a game controller that mounts the same way... (just a suggestion)
09-16-2009, 08:28 PM #7
09-16-2009, 08:31 PM #8
It looks pretty decent and hopefully it works out but I can't see much of a difference anyway. I used to get cramps in my hands from my keyboard on my old phone and now I'm just so used ti the iPhones keyboard I like it much better, now they need to also add 2 keyboards to this. The one that's in beta and have a landscape to go along with it! Gonna have to try this outOriginally Posted by ??????
09-16-2009, 08:32 PM #9
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09-16-2009, 09:03 PM #13
At least IMHO they got the name right iTwinge because that's exactly what it makes me do, twinge. ewwww
09-16-2009, 09:05 PM #14
^+1I always feel sorry for the guy in the iPhone commercials. He always gets a call right in the middle of trying to do something
09-16-2009, 09:17 PM #15
This kbd is pathetic. It is UGLY (did I say it is UGLY). But its worst sin is that it covers the screen! I would pay for a physical keyboard that actually let me use the full screen...
09-16-2009, 09:19 PM #16
Covers half of the screen. Now I say no thanks to this keyboard. My pic of my iKeyboard is even...better? Ummm...Asking for help is different from being stupid. Fanboys can rot in @#$%!
09-16-2009, 09:20 PM #17
What a huge fail. If we wanted a huge ghey looking keyboard in portrait mode we'd buy a blackberry.
Virtual landscape that doesn't look like a commodore 64 keyboard FTW.
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09-16-2009, 09:21 PM #18
So, does it just transfer your key pressings directly to the screen, or does it actually send data through the dock port? If that latter is the case, then I wanna know- does it have it's own home button?!?!? As one of the pitiful poor shmucks with a broken home button, sure would be great if this would replace it!!!
09-16-2009, 09:22 PM #19
this keyboard FAILS
09-16-2009, 09:22 PM #20
I think it goes directly to the screen....I always feel sorry for the guy in the iPhone commercials. He always gets a call right in the middle of trying to do something