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Spike: a real keyboard for iPhones

A new Kickstarter.com project could solve one of the iPhone’s biggest pain points – typing on glass.

spike keyboard concept

spike keyboard concept

Solving a major iPhone problem

Anyone with a smartphone knows that typing on a tiny piece of glass is something you may get used to, but is not exactly as comfortable as the tactile keyboard we have all come to know and love. Enter the Spike TypeSmart Keyboards built to improve typing accuracy and make using an iPhone feel more natural.

The company says “Unlike any other keyboards available today, we wanted to create a suite of products that complemented the iPhone’s impeccable quality and elegant form factor, and at the same time let you type and text easier, faster, and with fewer mistakes, under virtually all conditions – even if you’re wearing gloves!”

There are two versions of Spike, with both allow for quick transition from typing on the keyboard that pulls out to go over the glass which recognizes the tapping as the electrical impulses of fingers – it is far more complex than just a piece of plastic tapping on your iPhone screen.

Citing the company’s extensive history in the keyboard sector, they assure everyone that “of course, we will manufacture them using only premium materials that are suitable for an Apple accessory product.”

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Why are they speaking in future tense?

The patent pending Spike TypeSmart Keyboards are not yet being fully manufactured, as they are raising funds through Kickstarter.com, with their goal being to raise $75,000 in the next 31 days; they are more than halfway toward hitting their goal.

Kickstarter.com is “the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects,” wherein projects are posted to the site and anyone with a credit card can pledge money to fund the projects, but the twist is that a project must reach its funding goal before time runs out or no money changes hands because “creators aren’t expected to develop their project without necessary funds, and it allows anyone to test concepts without risk.” The site also allows project creators to keep 100 percent ownership over their work and offer products and incentives in return for pledges.

Video Tour of the Spike Keyboard

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Photo Tour of the Spike Keyboard

Spike Keyboard on Kickstarter
Spike Keyboard on Kickstarter
Spike Keyboard on Kickstarter
Spike Keyboard on Kickstarter
Spike Keyboard on Kickstarter
Spike Keyboard on Kickstarter
Spike Keyboard on Kickstarter

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  1. Gerre

    August 1, 2012 at 5:18 am

    That’s an interesting solution. But I’m still not sure that you will be ablo to type easily on it in gloves.
    https://tgtbtmr.com/

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