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May 1st, 2003

Flexi-keyboard

The problem with most PDAs is that there aren’t any remarkable keyboards that you can use with them. Keyboard attachments are either too large, too small, too heavy, or too flimsy. No products really step up to the plate to delivery a really familiar keyboard experience while maintaining portability and durability.

A company called Eleksen may have the answer. They’ve developed a flexible, wireless, fabric keyboard that wraps around your PDA, increasing its bulk only slightly. The keyboard itself can be bent, squashed, and washed and will continue to function properly. It’s really quite impressive.

It may be the first time you don’t have to give up the familiar size of a desktop keyboard or the portability of your PDA.

Posted in Technology

FROM: towinlovinit
DATE: Thursday May 1, 2003 -- 10:08:17 am
I looked at that site and I'm impressed. I have a friend of mine who is deaf and carries a portable TTY/TDD. A keyboard like that whould make her equipment easier to handle and lighter to carry. It's truly amazing that there is still inventions looking to be discovered.



FROM: Marcus Mackey
DATE: Monday May 5, 2003 -- 4:36:06 am
Apparently Eleksen developed the technology (and I noticed IDEO is a partner, very cool Industrial/Product Design company), but Logitech is the one to create the application you speak of Ryan. The Keycase, as it's referred to, is available for $79.95 on Logitech's website for Palm™ PDA's.

Here's the aforementioned product's page

Quite neat nonetheless... I'd seen a rubber-material fold/roll-up keyboard before too, but I don't remember who made it. They make their rubber roll-up keyboard for PC/Mac too last I recall, and it's impervious to liquids and other substances.

With design philosophies like this... I can easily imagine a comfortable multi-position design for keyboards for desktops and palmtops that is impervious to liquids, stain-free, and can be positioned to prevent repetitive stress disorders/carpal tunnel, all the while providing a keyboard that works to comfort levels untold.

Quite amazing how far the application gamut can run with this. Truly fascinating.

Thanks for pointing it out Ryan. :)



FROM: Marcus Mackey
DATE: Monday May 5, 2003 -- 4:37:29 am
Apparently Eleksen developed the technology (and I noticed IDEO is a partner, very cool Industrial/Product Design company), but Logitech is the one to create the application you speak of Ryan. The Keycase, as it's referred to, is available for $79.95 on Logitech's website for Palm™ PDA's.

Here's the aforementioned product's page

Quite neat nonetheless... I'd seen a rubber-material fold/roll-up keyboard before too, but I don't remember who made it. They make their rubber roll-up keyboard for PC/Mac too last I recall, and it's impervious to liquids and other substances.

With design philosophies like this... I can easily imagine a comfortable multi-position design for keyboards for desktops and palmtops that is impervious to liquids, stain-free, and can be positioned to prevent repetitive stress disorders/carpal tunnel, all the while providing a keyboard that works to comfort levels untold.

Quite amazing how far the application gamut can run with this. Truly fascinating.

Thanks for pointing it out Ryan. :)



FROM: Marcus Mackey
DATE: Monday May 5, 2003 -- 3:29:33 pm
LoL Preview function is pretty wierd. It posted twice here. LoL ::scratchin' chin::



FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday May 8, 2003 -- 10:57:41 pm
Marcus --

I saw the flexible plastic keyboard mat that you speak of today at Radio Shack. I tested it out, and it is quite nice. Not sure I really want to shell out the 25-30 bucks for it, but it was like typing on a pillow. I liked it.



FROM: Zigfried
DATE: Sunday June 15, 2003 -- 12:06:44 am
that's not a flexi-keyboard...

THIS is a flexi-keyboard.



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