New Flexible Keyboard Now Available

The Flexis FX100 is a new rollable, lightweight, splash resistant keyboard. The user can roll or wrap the keyboard around the PDA for easy transport. It has no moving parts. The FX100 can withstand water and other contaminants. Just wipe the keyboard clean if any liquids are spilled on it. It can be used with the Palm III, V, VII, and Handspring Visor, with more versions to be released soon. It is available now for $70.

The Flexis FX100 is a 64 key QWERTY style keyboard and is about 9.8 by 3.3 by .15 inches. No batteries are required. It attaches to the HotSync port.

It was originally created by the Flexis Corporation and is being distributed in North America by Man & Machine, Inc.

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Directional Pad

Moosecat @ 12/7/2001 9:18:39 AM #
I'm intrigued, even though I already have a PPK ... It looks like it has a directional pad, which reminds me of something on my Palm wishlist: a driver that would permit the use of arrow keys (or a directional pad like this one) to control the selection of items on screen, so the stylus is rarely or never necessary when using the keyboard.

I tried LapTopHack, but found it to be cumbersome... It made me feel like I was using a TRS-80 or something.

It would be nice if keyboard makers would package such an app.

RE: Directional Pad
I.M. Anonymous @ 12/7/2001 9:29:06 AM #
The new PPK driver has a pointer that is controlled by the cursor keys. It has 3-4 new useful features that make life with the PPK so much easier. Coupled with LapTopHack, you can pretty much never touch the stylus if you want to.

RE: Directional Pad
Ed @ 12/7/2001 9:31:55 AM #
It's your lucky day. The latest version of the Stowaway (PPK) driver allows the arrow keys to control the cursor. Go to and check it out.

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RE: Directional Pad
Altema @ 12/8/2001 1:40:28 PM #
Thanks Ed!, I've been looking for an on-screen mouse pointer like this, works great and does not slow the system down like pointer hack did (at least on my machine).

RE: Directional Pad
I.M. Anonymous @ 12/10/2001 9:01:41 PM #
Get the latest driver for your PPK - it allows the arrow keys to be used to drive a pointer around the screen in much the same way a mouse does.

..but how to position it?

I.M. Anonymous @ 12/7/2001 9:45:11 AM #
Should be difficult to see what you type with the Palm flat on the table.

RE: ..but how to position it?
I.M. Anonymous @ 12/7/2001 7:00:32 PM #
if you type the way you should, you should never have to see it

RE: ..but how to position it?
I.M. Anonymous @ 12/7/2001 11:24:51 PM #
> if you type the way you should, you should never have to see it

ah so i shouldn't have wasted all that money to buy a monitor for my desktop computer either.

Can PIC review this?

rldunn @ 12/7/2001 10:51:58 AM #
Ed, this thing is intruiging since it's so portable, but I'm curious how usable it is. Any chance they'll send you one to review?

RE: Can PIC review this?
Drummer4Life05 @ 12/7/2001 4:51:35 PM #
I sure hope so!



I.M. Anonymous @ 12/8/2001 8:56:17 PM #
Can this keyboard be folded like the Targus Stowaway keyboards?

RE: Portability
I.M. Anonymous @ 12/8/2001 11:25:21 PM #
this keyboard is rollabled... folding is not recomended.

RE: Portability
I.M. Anonymous @ 12/9/2001 1:06:26 AM #
It comes in a water bottle like transparent casing.....rolled into I believe.....