Hint: Picture an ultra-thin digital dashboard with fingertip controls that regains the typing productivity all of us lost when the PC went mobile!
Finally, you can ignite your friends’ and loved ones’ iPad productivity with the lightest keyboard in the world, emblazoned with the name Touchfire.
Touchfire is an ultra-light yet durable silicone keyboard “overlay” that attaches to the screentop of any generation iPad. The ingenious accessory provides the tactile feel of traditional, contoured keys superimposed on a virtual environment in order to let users regain their peak touch-typing efficiency.
For the legion of iPad owners who treat their tablets as their everyday portable computers, leaving their laptops behind, the “gift of touch typing” is a blessing made possible by Seattle-based TouchFire and founders Steve Isaac and Brad Melman, plus a corps of Kickstarter supporters.
Finding inspired technological solutions to human interface challenges is a 30-year passion of Steve Isaac’s. Steve designed one of the world’s first tablet computers at GO in the early ’90s and developed the 1.0 versions of Windows CE, Internet Explorer, MSN.com, ASP and ASP.NET while at Microsoft.
Partner Brad Melmon is a product designer and mechanical engineer who has worked at HP, IDEO, Moto Development, and Speck. Brad has designed computers, toys, smart phones, medical devices and lots of camera and phone accessories.
The pair won the allegiance and crowdsourced contributions of thousands of Kickstarter supporters to fund their ingenious silicone and magnetic keyboard solution. Indeed, this Kickstarter “project” exceeded the minimum investment requirement by ten-fold.
“Over 65 million people use their iPads everyday but one of its major limitations as a productivity tool is that it is difficult to type on the glass surface,” explained Steven Isaac. ”Until now, the only solution was to add on a heavy, bulky, battery-powered Bluetooth keyboard – negating the benefits of iPad’s sleek, light design. We created the Touchfire to fix the fundamental problems inherent in typing on the glass surface of the iPad. With the Touchfire, typing on an iPad is a joy, not a pain.”
In a nutshell: ”Touchfire puts the touch back into touch typing [on the iPad.]”
Launched on July 11th, the patent-pending Touchfire keyboard overlay is so thin, light and flexible it can easily ride along with the iPad right under the Apple Smartcover.
Here’s the video that kickstarted it all: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/seahawks-mobile/id558103335?mt=8 [24x7]
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