1. travaz's Avatar
    This has to be the strangest thing i have seen from CES. Its a mini qwerty keboard that clips on your Iphone so you can type faster. Duh just buy a BB9900. Check out the pic on the article they are something. The comments are pretty funny too. Some people are horrified and some hate typing on an iphone. One says "This wont save RIM" Huh?
    BlackBerrify your iPhone with Spike keyboard case | CES 2013: Gadgets - CNET Blogs

    (Credit: Tim Hornyak/CNET)

    LAS VEGAS--No one likes typing on a touch screen. So what if your iPhone case had a very mini QWERTY keyboard?

    That's just what Spike from SoloMatrix is designed to be. When we heard about it last year, the Spike TypeSmart keyboard was part of a Kickstarter campaign that proved successful.

    The tactile keyboard swivels out from its case and its keys make contact with the iPhone's on-screen keyboard.

    It doesn't require separate charging, docking, or an app, and it works with capacitive conductivity through the screens on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5.

    Spike physical keyboards for iPhone let you type with ease
    iPhone keyboard case lets things slide

    Whenever a key is pressed and makes contact with the screen, it creates a grounded state.

    Spike attaches to the phones in a snap. There's a number key that pushes the number menu on the iPhone's on-screen keyboard. Then you can type using the alternate number designations for the TypeSmart.

    But your fingers better be very nimble indeed to get the hang of it. When I tried typing a few sentences, certain keys didn't register and words were missing letters.

    I have a BlackBerry Curve, and there's really no comparison between the ease of use of its keyboard and Spike. The former wins hands down.

    But if you want something very compact that doesn't require separate power or Bluetooth, Spike may be worth considering.

    The iPhone 4/4s version will launch in February for $49.95, with the iPhone 5 edition following.

    The price may drop if there's high order volume, according to Cody Solomon, SoloMatrix co-founder.

    Since its Kickstarter campaign raised some $81,000, Spike could prove popular indeed.
    Last edited by travaz; 01-09-13 at 12:07 PM. Reason: Adittional info
    01-09-13 12:05 PM
  2. bdguru's Avatar
    Now that is the funniest thing I have heard or seen today.
    01-09-13 12:17 PM
  3. donmateo's Avatar
    Jealousy is an ugly trait...as visually represented by said keyboard.
    01-09-13 12:41 PM
  4. calicocat2010's Avatar
    Yeah I posted this too...but in the News and Rumors Section...news cause it pertained to BlackBerry.
    01-09-13 12:43 PM
  5. mikeo007's Avatar
    Lol what a ridiculous little gadget.
    01-09-13 12:48 PM
  6. TheStoof's Avatar
    Not a blackberry keyboard.
    01-09-13 12:57 PM
  7. Sith_Apprentice's Avatar
    QWERTY Keyboard Buddy Case for iPhone 4 4S

    Its been done in various ways before. The one above covers way too much of the screen and looks awful. The keyboard reminds me of the 8800 keyboards.
    01-09-13 12:59 PM
  8. travaz's Avatar
    Not a blackberry keyboard.
    Yes its a wanna be BlackBerry keyboard
    01-09-13 12:59 PM
  9. BBerryPowerUser's Avatar
    Oddly interesting.

    Well, I guess for someone whom has an iPhone but really wants a physical keyboard, it may be an option.
    Unless I had to have an iPhone for whatever reason, and really needed the physical keyboard, I'd pass. Why block out a good portion of the screen? Makes me glad I actually HAVE a BlackBerry, rather than trying to "esque" something into a BlackBerry.
    01-09-13 01:03 PM
  10. Superfly_FR's Avatar
    that's so ugly ...
    01-09-13 01:07 PM
  11. bobauckland's Avatar
    The only things BlackBerries in the current gen have over other OSes is the trackpad and the keyboard.
    These guys are trying to reduce that list to one.
    Im sure theyll sell loads.
    Surely Rim would have the keyboard design patented? If not, why arent there more high end Android QWERTY devices?
    Oh well.
    01-09-13 01:43 PM
  12. madman0141's Avatar
    So is this where apple claims that BlackBerry took the idea for the QWERTY from them?
    01-09-13 01:46 PM
  13. mikeo007's Avatar
    So is this where apple claims that BlackBerry took the idea for the QWERTY from them?
    Apple didn't make this rinky-dink contraption.
    01-09-13 02:00 PM
  14. FreeJACLive's Avatar
    Here's a better approach, why not just buy an actual Blackberry with a real keyboard. :-D
    01-09-13 04:20 PM

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