Story 2015-08-27 JKAR LG develops rollable wireless portable keyboard

LG develops rollable wireless portable keyboard

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story imageIf you are frustrated with your smartphone's soft keyboard, you aren't alone. Despite their advocates, many gadget-users feel more productive on a physical keyboard, and that means there's a market for innovative or high quality ones.

Get ready for the IFA 2015 conference in Berlin, Germany, where LG Electronics (LG) will present a new, portable, rollable wireless keyboard. Unlike other portable keyboards on the market, LG’s Rolly Keyboard (model KBB-700) folds up along the four rows to create an easy-to-carry “stick” that fits into your pocket, purse, or briefcase.

The typing on Rolly Keyboard is extremely comfortable because its 17mm key pitch is nearly as generous as the 18mm key pitch found on most desktop keyboards. It is made of impact-resistant and durable polycarbonate and ABS plastic. So the typing on the keyboard offers satisfying tactile feedback not found on flexible silicone keyboards. Two sturdy arms fold out to support smartphones as well as tablets in an upright position. It simply unfolds the Rolly Keyboard, enables the auto pairing function to connect easily to two different devices at the same time via Bluetooth 3.0 with the ability to toggle between the two with a simple key press. A single AAA battery powers the keyboard for up to three months of average use.

Engadget reports, "The keyboard is just the start: the company says it plans to offer even more "input devices" in the next few months." Recently, LG has announced that from the end of August it will start rolling out four new 4K Ultra HD OLED TVs across its US, UK, German and Korean markets. The four new models add new features and form factors to the brand’s existing OLED range.
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Want (Score: 1)

by zafiro17@pipedot.org on 2015-08-27 08:13 (#JKAS)

This looks like a clever design, and if the keys are as good as they are said to be, I'm tempted. I'm currently rocking one of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16875982435 Nice enough keyboard, and for the $30 I paid for it, I can't complain. A bit too big to pair with a smartphone though; I use it almost exclusively for taking notes in meetings on a tablet. For a smartphone, something like this LG product might be just right, and hopefully durable as well.

Fn Key for Number row == Bad keyboard layout (Score: 0)

by Anonymous Coward on 2015-08-27 13:45 (#JM6E)

This is the problem with almost all portable keyboards, they are unsuitable for any real work as the keys I want to use that normally require zero modifier keys, now require one. Its a retraining of typing to fit the particular key layout. No thanks.

Re: Fn Key for Number row == Bad keyboard layout (Score: 0)

by Anonymous Coward on 2015-08-27 15:39 (#JMKB)

I just carry an OTG Adapter. I've got extra keyboards around anywhere I'm likely to work. If I happen to be somewhere offsite, they are one of those things that everyone has spares of.