This odd keyboard features a prominent iPhone dock on the right side in place of a numeric keypad. It has a set of special iPhone-specific hotkeys that allow you to enter data into the iPhone and control music playback and you can use the keyboard on a Mac or PC as well as use it to type directly onto your iPhone. Finally, this weird chimera lets you use the iPhone’s screen as a touchpad for the PC. Weird, wild stuff.
The keyboard will cost $99 and will be available May 24. I’m not sure how they’ll pull off a lot of this – looks like a lot of apps on the iPhone itself – but it’s a fascinating concept.
Lake Forest, Calif.-April 28, 2011-CompuExpert, a division of Digital Interactive Systems Corp., today announced the WOW-keys, a full-size QWERTY keyboard for the iPhone® that also serves as a docking device for syncing and charging. Created by Omnio Technologies, the WOW-keys provides the ideal bridge between your iphone and PC or Mac® computer.
The iPhone is portable and powerful, but entering or extracting a lot of data can be awkward and time-consuming,” says said Ammar Adra, president of CompuExpert. “The WOW-keys gives your smartphone access to the power and multitasking capabilities of the computer, and lets your computer take advantage of many of the cool iPhone apps.”
With its laptop-style soft keys, the WOW-keys allows you to input text comfortably and efficiently into your iPhone, or input commands from the iPhone to the computer via the touchpad. Swap between modes quickly with the touch of a button, and execute common tasks via 12 iPhone hotkeys. The WOW-keys charges your device via USB, and also syncs with iTunes®. The keyboard can also be used with an iPod®, and it supports Windows, Mac and iOS 4.x operating systems.
The WOW-keys is expected to be available at retail on May 24, 2011 at a suggested price of $99.99.