Logitech Announces Roll-Up and Folding Keyboards
Logitech has just announced a wraparound fabric keyboard. The Logitech KeyCase uses ElekTex, a sturdy electronic fabric. When not in use, the keyboard wraps around the handheld, offering it some protection. The KeyCase works with Palm's Universal Connector and it will be available in the U.S. and Europe in early April for $100.
The company has also introduced a folding aluminium keyboard.
The KeyCase has a built-in cradle which holds the handheld upright when in use. When finished, the cradle slides down over the keys and the keyboard can be rolled up around the handheld.
The KeyCase also has dedicated function keys as well as select, cut, copy, and paste buttons. A pressure-sensitive scroller provides for navigation of menus and long documents.
Logitech is a European company and the KeyCase has U.S., French, and German key layouts.
"The strong water-resistant textile case provides protection for the PDA when traveling. Then the case opens to be a fabric keyboard that is designed to help you get the most out of your PDA," said Denis Pavillard, director of marketing for keyboards and desktops at Logitech.
The company has also introduced the TypeAway, a folding aluminium keyboard. It will be available in April in the U.S. and Europe for $80.
It offers offers a full key layout and its keys feature a "scissor" technology that used in notebook computer keyboards. It is slightly less than half an inch thick and weighs 5.3 ounces.
Like the KeyCase, the TypeAway also uses the Palm Universal Connector. Handhelds that use the UC include the Palm m125, m130, m500, m505, m515, and i705.
The ElekTex fabric used in the KeyCase is based on electronic fabric technology that provides the basis for a soft, flexible, and lightweight interface between users and electronic devices. This unique fabric structure can accurately sense location on three axes - X, Y, Z - where the Z-axis is the amount of pressure applied to the 1mm thick material. ElekTex senses where the fabric is being pressed (the X- and Y-axes), and how hard, via the Z-axis. The precise electrical measurements are then translated into digital signals, which control the electronic device.
Thanks to Andrea Barbera for the tip. -Ed
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