Back in 2010 a typing device was announced called the Grippity 1 which promised to change the way we type. Instead of the usual keyboard interface what we have is a back typing keyboard that might get a lot of time to get used to. Fast forward to today and we learn that its creators have taken the keyboard concept to a tablet.
Grippity is currently a project over at Kickstarter that aims to become the world’s first transparent Android tablet. It still retains the dual-sided touch interface and even brings in more features. It is described as “Grippity is a totally new way of looking at input – A transparent, dual sided multi-touch display that enables you to lean back in your most comfortable chair (or even stand or lie down) and use ALL TEN fingers, while keeping your palms at a neutral ergonomic posture. It also enables you to accurately touch (the back of) small menu items and buttons on websites and software that were originally designed for desktops. As Grippity is running Android, you can download or develop apps for your specific needs.”
Grippity can be used as a tablet, remote control, game controller, and media center keyboard. You decide how you are going to use it as it can perform each function very well.
- Semi-Transparent 7″ LCD display 800X480. Upper 25% non-transparent for thumbs input.
- Back sided capacitive multi-touch panel (approved patent)
- Front sided capacitive multi-touch panel with extended programmable touch area (marked with 2 lit circles)
- Android 4.2 (or 4.4 if available by then, spec allows it)
- ARM processor – Cortex A8 512K RAM
- IR transmitter to control TV’s and DVD’s.
- SD card slot
- 4Gb internal storage
- Wi-fi, Bluetooth
To create a transparent LCD the designers simply took out the opaque parts of the backlight. You won’t be getting a bright LCD because of this but then you’ll be enjoying a transparent display.
Grippity aims to reach a funding goal of $199,000 with $19,109 already pledged by 104 backers. There are 29 days to go to reach the target.
If you plan to support this project then its best to pledge $159 (limited early bird special) or $235 to get a Grippity as soon as it is released in October 2014.