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Posted: 4/12/2006 12:45:22 AM EDT
Got this in an email from ThinkGeek:

www.thinkgeek.com/computing/input/8193/?cpg=29H




Remember when you were promised all those amazing future tech innovations? Just around the corner was supposed to be a shining technology utopia with flying cars, personal space travel to distant galaxies, and bio-implantable cell phones. It's almost disappointing enough to make you sit at home and watch old episodes of "Space 1999".

Don't lose hope! An amazing glimpse of this promised future has just arrived at ThinkGeek in the form of the Bluetooth Laser Virtual Keyboard. This tiny device laser-projects a keyboard on any flat surface... you can then type away accompanied by simulated key click sounds. It really is true future magic at its best. You'll be turning heads the moment you pull this baby from your pocket and use it to compose an e-mail on your bluetooth enabled PDA or Cell Phone. With 63 keys and and full size QWERTY layout the Laser Virtual Keyboard can approach typing speeds of a standard keyboard... in a size a little larger than a matchbook.

Product Features:

Connects to PDAs Smartphones and Computers using Bluetooth
Projects a full size keyboard onto any flat surface
Allows the convinence of regular keyboard typing in a tiny form factor
Rechargeable battery lasts for 120 minutes of continuous typing
Tiny size only 3.5 inches high
Compatible with PalmOS 5, PocketPC 2003, Windows Smartphone, Symbian OS, and Windows 2000/XP. Limited Mac OSX Support.




Seems pretty neat. I wonder how well it works?
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 2:15:57 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 3:13:18 AM EDT
Its kinda pricey though. 200 bucks
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 3:47:47 AM EDT
if it works thats cheep realy
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 10:57:32 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/12/2006 10:58:25 AM EDT by maddog71]
That's been out for a few years. I remember it being demo'd at a show. It was still hard to type and didn't always recognize your key press. You can't rest your fingers on it like a real keyboard. Also, the laser was washed out in regular light and hard to see. I think it was based on the Israeli technology for heads up military display that they abandonded.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 10:58:37 AM EDT
Well at least you can't spill food on it
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 10:59:37 AM EDT
Only the third time that was posted in the last month.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 11:00:56 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 3rdStreet:
Only the third time that was posted in the last month.



like totally
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 11:05:53 AM EDT
what happens if you are qwerty typing and the laser projection (looks like its above the hands) is blocked by your fingers as you are typing away? How have the compensated for that?
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 11:08:22 AM EDT
I've been wanting to get one for a while...
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 11:12:09 AM EDT
Well if I got that, people would stop owing me new boards...
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 12:39:15 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Hokie:

Originally Posted By 3rdStreet:
Only the third time that was posted in the last month.



like totally



Well, hell. I'm on here pretty frequently, and I didn't see it before...

Link Posted: 4/12/2006 12:44:13 PM EDT
give it a few years to mature, then the technology will be as cheap as laser pointers are today.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 12:53:09 PM EDT
Been around for ages but don't work for shit. I remember reading a review, it went something like this:

"I aaam uing the prdt to typpe a rvew f th nnww lsr keybaaaaard"
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 1:29:41 PM EDT
cool
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 1:40:55 PM EDT
Nice.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 1:45:30 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Hokie:

Originally Posted By 3rdStreet:
Only the third time that was posted in the last month.



like totally



does that mape it a 'trupe'?
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 2:38:28 PM EDT
Now if only we can strap it on a shark.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 5:37:14 PM EDT
I guess you don't have to worry about making your keyboard "sticky" when surfing pr0n.....
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