Sending out short messages using the touch screen of a smartphone is relatively easy. It becomes difficult when trying to compose lengthy messages. Imagine trying to send out a one page, four paragraph email message using only a smartphone. It’s going to take a lot of time not to mention the typing errors that occur.
A new Kickstarter project called TREWGrip Mobile QWERTY aims to make typing on smartphones and tablets easy. This is a handheld device that can be docked to a mobile device and has tactile keys which can be used to type with ease. The keys are located at the back side but since they follow the same QWERTY layout a person can just type normally. For people who need visual cues when typing there are light indicators located at the front to identify which key has been pressed.
This device allows for two hands to be used in typing making it similar to laptops. It attaches to a mobile device using suction cups and is connected wirelessly using Bluetooth. It has an ergonomic design and has grips on each side for easy handling.
- Bluetooth 3.0 HID
- Wireless Range: 30-feet
- Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery (Micro USB charging – cable included)
- Battery Life: 10-hours
- Suction Mount Docking: supports up to 7” tablet (portrait orientation)
- Dimensions: 12” x 6” x 1 ¾”
- Weight: 1lbs 5oz
As far as learning curve goes studies show that a new user will be able to attain 90% of their typing speed in just 10 hours of use. There’s even a website created that helps users transfer their competencies from a regular keyboard to TREWGrip.
Mark Parker is the person who conceived this idea in 2010 and after years of building a model and functional prototype he is now ready to bring it to the next level.
A Kickstarter project which aims to raise $100,000 has been started to fund one more round of design and engineering before production can be started. Right now a total of $11,289 has already been pledged with 22 more days left.
Those who want to show their support can pledge as little as $5 which provides a sticker and a shout out at the website. A pledge of $249 or more will allow a person to have the chance to own one of the first TREWGrip mobile docks which is estimated to ship out by Febuary 2014.