We’ve already seen a number of keyboard cases for the iPad that are going for the laptop look. Here’s a case that has just the right color to make the iPad 2 look a lot like a MacBook Air, although it’s actually made of plastic.
While there are already quite a few different keyboard cases out there for iPads, depending on where you are located or how exactly you use your iPad, this new one might be a good option for mobile warriors, especially those of you who prefer a white case to a black one.
I’ve been using a keyboard for so long that I rarely look down at the keys anymore. The only time I’ve really had to adjust was going from my old PC keyboard to the flat and slightly different layout of my Mac’s keyboard – oh and when I used a netbook with its awful 95% actual size keys.
There are huge advantages to having standardized hardware, but the obvious trade-off is that people with specialized needs will find them wanting for more. In the case of keyboards for example, certain tasks will require more frequent use of some keys, which may not be placed at the optimum position in the standard keyboard layout.
Touch-based interfaces have generally made it easier for the user to interact with devices, but that’s not the case when it comes to typing. Virtual on-screen keyboards have small keys, provide no tactile feedback and take up a significant amount of the screen.
Computer mice come in many shapes, sizes and colors, not to mention variety in the number of buttons. But there’s less variety to be found in keyboards, or so I thought until I saw the V1 Custom Mechanical Keyboard by WASD Keyboards.
When I type using my iPad, I become a one-finger typer. I usually type with at least four to five fingers when I’m using a regular keyboard, so that’s saying something. Instead of being able to bang out sixty-five words a minute, I’m now limited to approximately just somewhere around the fifteen word mark.
It’s hard to tell if the Tabstrummer hails from the future or the past. One thing is for sure, it looks downright awesome. It’s a stand-alone programmable MIDI controller that is half guitar and half keyboard.
Like many people involved with computers, I have a fascination with keyboards. While I rarely look closely at keyboards these days, I use them constantly. They are still the fastest way of inputting data into a computer.
M.I.C Gadget’s iStation will turn your modern-day iPad into a retro-style computer when it’s docked. In fact, one of these docks even looks kind of like the original wooden cases found on the Apple I computer.
It’s true that it will take some time before we rid ourselves of keyboards. I can actually see how the Microsoft Kinect tech might lead to an interface device that’s very futuristic and gesture-based and voice-based, which is pretty cool.
If you’re actually trying to get some work done on your tablet or phone, instead of just consuming media, then you most likely need a keyboard. It’s either that, or switch out your tablet for a MacBook Air or netbook.