This new gadget is a great addition to the office if you have an iPhone, allowing you to dock your iPhone into the full sized keyboard and use the Smartphone as an input device alongside the traditional keyboard. It’s called the CompuExpert Wow-Keys full sized keyboard and it will work on both Macs and PCs. In addition you can also get an app for the iPhone allowing you to control your computer with a variety of hotkeys.
Though not revolutionary I think this is a welcome addition that will add convenience for many users, especially for the office oriented techie. What’s more the Wow-Keys also act as a normal dock, allowing you to charge your phone and to connect it to iTunes at the same time. You can even use the keyboard to control the iPhone if you get tired of tapping away at a touch screen all day, I know I sometimes do! It is unfortunate however that the keyboard can’t connect to a computer wirelessly. The product will ship on the 24 May and it costs just under $100.
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Logitech recently released its new wireless K750 Solar Keyboard, which as the name suggests is powered by integrated solar panels. Intergration of the panels is a huge plus, in that it means that there are no bulky power bricks or charging cables required. What’s more, the keyboard can be powered by indoor light, which means it is still a viable option for office use. It can also stay charged for at least three months in total darkness, this coupled with a built in power-meter means that you will always know exactly how much power the keyboard has, and can ensure you will never run out. The K750 retails at £69.99 on the Logitech website.
Technology has evolved so much in recent years that we find ourselves doing less and less in our daily life activities. One perfect example is cleaning. There used to be brooms and mops that we use as tools for cleaning then there came the invention of vacuum cleaners. Vacuum cleaners can practically do anything we want when it comes to cleaning.
Using vacuum cleaners is certainly the easiest way to clean any place that we want to. Vacuum cleaners have proved to be very useful for offices. Be it a small or big office, a vacuum cleaner comes in handy to clean up any mess at any time of the day. There are even those vacuum cleaners now that have special brushes to clean up wires and keyboards.
Microsoft has developed a new concept keyboard, which it calls the “Adaptive Keyboard”. This is just a prototype, and unfortunately there are no immediate plans to turn it into an actual product. The keyboard seems particularly suited to professionals who can often feel that the standard keyboard is either too cramped or limited for their requirements, thereby decreasing productivity. Addressing such issues, the keyboard is able to adjust content according to the context in which tasks are being performed. In addition, at the top of the device there is an integrated touch sensitive screen which allows for additional functionality.
Below is a video for this year’s UIST Student Innovation Contest. Microsoft will given free rein to students to do whatever they like to the keyboard, with a prize at the end for the most innovative ideas.
This is the BrailleNote Apex. It’s a device that the blind/visually impaired (I’m not sure which term is the more acceptable one) can use to, as the name and photo implies, take notes. It runs Windows CE 6, which this type of device usually runs, and, is aimed at students and the like.
Like so many netbooks, it’s powered by an Intel Atom processor, and comes with a bit of flash storage—8GB, to be exact. Of course, you can add extra storage with a handy SDHC card.
An internal application suite, named Keysoft, can let users browse the Web, send and read e-mail, record audio notes, etc. There’s even an instant message client.
Yes, this is something that I’d have to see in person to fully appreciate how it works, and how positive an impact it makes on people’s lives.
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With technology and gadgets becoming an indispensable element of the modern lifestyle, electronic waste increasing the carbon footprints of the users has become a major ecological problem worldwide.
Addressing the issue, Brando has come up with theses PC accessories, the USB Bamboo Keyboard + Mouse, made of sustainable material (bamboo) to reduce the carbon footprints of the geeks. Integrating a 106-key USB bamboo keyboard and optical scroll-wheel mouse, the PC accessories not only tout a natural look but also work as efficiently as their non-biodegradable counterparts. Compatible with Window 2000/XP/Vista and Linux, the $39 bamboo keyboard measures 395 x 155 x 20mm and weighs just 842g. While on the other hand the $19 scroll-wheel mouse measures 102 x 62 x 25mm and weighs just 87g.
While we’re still a bit on the fence about their marketing pushes, it’s the concept of Luxeed’s U5 LED keyboard is what counts here. With the ability to program each of the 430 LEDs to a color of your liking, the Luxeed keyboard can change with your mood, create light show programs, and even make each key light up like magic when you stroke it.
The Luxeed U5 doesn’t strive to beat out the legendary Optimus keyboards – it has its own unique approach to keyboard LED implementation – but more importantly, tries to makes it affordable for all of us to enjoy. You can grab your own Luxeed U5 LED Keyboard (supports XP, Linux, and Mac) for about $77 later this month if you wish to import it from Korea. Otherwise, you’ll just have to bug the heck out of them until they decide to start shipping to the North American coasts. We know we will.
Do you suffer from cold wrists? Apparently it’s a real problem. So says IGM’s Heated Keyboard Wrist Pad. The idea is to sooth your bones while you type away. It’s powered by a USB port. You won’t have to suffer from cold wrists anymore.
And even if your wrists are fine, it probably feels nice in a cold office. It might just help relieve some pain from arthritis or Carpal Tunnel syndrome. Carbon fiber heating elements produce heat in the Far Infrared range which supposedly has some health benefits.