A new iPhone case that doubles as a full, physical QWERTY keyboard could make typing 'mares on Apple’s kit a thing of the past. Or at least it could if the Kickstarter project to fund it can raise the money it needs.
Developed by father and son team Cody and Robert Solomon, the ‘Spike’ case comes with a tactile keyboard on a hinge that slaps neatly on top of the virtual keyboard on the iPhone, allowing users to type as they would on a BlackBerry – or any other QWERTY phone for that matter.
When not in use, the keypad can be flipped to the back, transforming into a regular iPhone case. Natch, it makes the phone a bit chunky, but the benefit should outweigh the extra bulk if you have big fingers and/or still can’t get the hang of typing on a touchscreen – especially a small one like the iPhone’s.
Better yet, there’s no battery required, nor a Bluetooth connection, as some keyboard add-ons do. It works by simply making enough contact with the keys on the screen. And you can even type with gloves on.
However, to enter mass production the team at SoloMatrix need $75,000. Fortunately, they’ve already raised close to 50k with still 32 days to go. So it looks very likely it will soon be a reality.
You can get involved by pledging any amount starting from $1. You can also pledge specific amounts to receive special rewards for your support, including early access to the case and more.