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I was hoping to provide another option for UMPC and slate Tablet PC owners that long for a keyboard, but no such luck. Elekson, a UK-based company, just rolled out (or is that unrolled) their Bluetooth fabric keyboard earlier this week; alas the only driver support […]

Eleksen1440x330_1 I was hoping to provide another option for UMPC and slate Tablet PC owners that long for a keyboard, but no such luck. Elekson, a UK-based company, just rolled out (or is that unrolled) their Bluetooth fabric keyboard earlier this week; alas the only driver support is for Palm, Symbian, Blackberry and Windows Mobile. Either way, ZDNet UK got a feel for the fabric keyboard and found it fairly usable; you can read their initial impressions here on the 40-pound unit. Uh, that’s the price, not the weight….

No, the roll-em-up keyboard is only 68 grams in weight and rolls up into a little 48mm x 126mm x 32mm bundle. Unrolled, the 63-key QWERTY device takes up a 306mm x 114mm footprint; power is supplied via two AAA batteries. Not only fold-able, the keyboard can also be washed, since it’s effectively flat and the fabric can handle a little water. Based on the flat, resistive touch method, it would likely take some time to get used the keys; in fact ZDNet UK found that they had to put a bit of pressure on the keys to use it. I’ll stick with inking and my Think Outside keyboard, thanks!

-kct

  1. For my Samsung Q1, i use a small KeySonic USB Keyboard. Nice black keyboard ! When i need to ear what i type, i use the freeware Home Typist. Old Remington sounds !

    http://www.rsssim.com/images/Big/700900-034_800x640.jpg

    The Q1, the keyboard, and a ADS Tech TNT USB TV with antenna fit in a Trekking bag.

    http://trekking.fr/bagagerie/monobretelle.htm

    http://trekking.fr/bagagerie/massai4.swf

    A really compact package !

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  2. Are you able to ue ink with TEO 3.o. My Q1 will not allow me to ink whe using TEO

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  3. charles pritt Thursday, July 20, 2006

    another option is the “VIK: virtualy indestructable keyboard. The keyoards rollup and are washable. They even have a glow in the dark model and are Found at: http://www.grandtec.com/vik.htm

    Back for a limited time
    The ORIGINAL mini-VIK USB!
    Available in Black (while supplies last) – ONLY $19.99

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