With each incarnation of the iPhone and smartphones in general, people still keep longing for a physical keyboard that will enable them to get back to the retro feeling of typing on their phone. I wouldn’t even be able to tell you how many physical USB and Bluetooth keyboards have been launched since smartphones were announced. Luckily the stream of ideas haven’t stopped, and today WayTools announced the TextBlade, which is intended to breathe new life into the physical keyboard in a way we haven’t seen before.
As explained by Mark Knighton, CEO of WayTools, -“TextBlade is an entirely new class of device that delivers professional-grade, familiar touch typing on any platform – from iPhones to iPads to Android, without compromising the size or feel of the tablet.”
At just 1.5 ounces and 1/3 the size of an iPhone, TextBlade is astonishingly light and small, and fits easily in any pocket. Built with patented, next-gen key switch technology, it provides desktop finger spacing and full 2mm travel (even more than a MacBook Pro), in the slimmest full QWERTY device ever made. With a portable keyboard like the TextBlade that delivers so much functionality, it’s hard to see why anyone would even try to make a physical keyboard for the iPhone 6 that is more innovative.
TextBlade, of course, works with tablets as well and as it is free of any attachments to the tablet, TextBlade is ready in seconds whenever needed for serious typing, yet out of the way and invisible when consuming content. It enables full-screen content production anywhere, while preserving all of the intrinsic advantages of tablets.
The portable keyboard is so slenderly designed that even the spacebar is structurally formed from an ultra-slim, specially engineered lithium-polymer battery. TextBlade has a pretty badass battery life and runs for a month. As if that wasn’t enough, it fast-charges on any USB port in just minutes, without cords of any kind. A network of 4 computers with 100X the processing power of legacy devices drives advanced software intelligence. And precision MagLever mechanisms deliver high-quality key-feel previously known only on desktops.
All in all, the TextBlade could very well become the most popular portable keyboard that doesn’t feel like it has been hurried together only to cash in on people’s craving for a physical keyboard. It remains to be seen if it catches on and if it’s picked up the masses, but the introduction and the execution of the TextBlade certainly give it that edge needed in today’s flooded tech market.