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    Default iTwinge Bringing Physical Keyboard To the iPhone

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    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.
    Ironically, this attachment was initially pioneered to help people make the switch from a physical keyboard to the touch-screen keyboard of the iPhone. The exercise was intended to train individuals on where the virtual keys are located and, consequently, "build muscle memory."

    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.
    Unfortunately, we have to wait until November to get our hands on this thing. Although I'm reluctant to get on board any iPhone
    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.

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    Awesome! Can I play games with this physical keyboard? I need one!
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    As much as I would love a physical keyboard on the iPhone, I wouldn't get this...
    I guess it's just not my style
    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

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    Looks g@y....kinda like one of those blackberry thinga magigs
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    I sure hope they plan on making that ugly thing more aesthetically pleasing. iPhone = Sexy, iPhone + iTwinge = Not even with the lights off...
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    how soon before they decide to develop a game controller that mounts the same way... (just a suggestion)

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    It's a neat concept for those that don't like the touch screen. But it looks rather bulky, and it

    Quote Originally Posted by Messany View Post

    According to The New York Times:

    It attaches to the phone’s battery port to draw power for the keyboard.
    I can't imagine it draws much power but for heavy users this could have a noticeable impact on battery life.

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    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 out
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    Quote Originally Posted by angiepangie View Post
    As much as I would love a physical keyboard on the iPhone, I wouldn't get this...
    I guess it's just not my style
    Is this your style?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lil red wagon View Post
    how soon before they decide to develop a game controller that mounts the same way... (just a suggestion)
    Icontroller pad should be out around the same time, that make it almost like a psp and most devs should use the source code for the better games for the iPhone
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    Quote Originally Posted by awesomeiPod View Post
    Is this your style?
    FAIL
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    Lmao
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    At least IMHO they got the name right iTwinge because that's exactly what it makes me do, twinge. ewwww

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    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...

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    Covers half of the screen. Now I say no thanks to this keyboard. My pic of my iKeyboard is even...better? Ummm...
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    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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    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!!!

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    this keyboard FAILS

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    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

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