With over 84 million iPads sold, everyone seems to think they are the best product since sliced bread. But one main complaint was had, I cannot type as fast using two thumbs as I was on a laptop. Response: add a table top keyboard folio to the device. But if the iPad is smaller, lighter, and more portible than even a laptop computer why should you need to use it like one? I wanted to design a full keyboard that would not compromise the portability of the iPad or sacrifice the rate of typing.
The iPad has two major problems while using the virtual keyboard. First, the virtual keyboard takes up almost half of the screen reducing the workable and visible screen area. Second, the virtual keyboard is terrible to use. A person who knows how to type can typically feel the keys under their fingers and does not need to look at their hands while typing. The Virtual keyboard does not offer a tangible keyboard therefore the user is required to watch their hands. Also if they want to not set the device down they are reduced to using their two thumbs while typing which will reduce their typing speed.
A concert pianist would never use a virtual keyboard, they often close their eyes and feel the keys under their fingers. In this same way people typing can have tactile feedback, which allows them to type at full speed with increased accuracy anywhere even while carrying the iPad.
-- Sharklet is a film that due to its shape reduces the passing of germs and bacteria. The application of Sharklet to the keys would allow the device to be used in more sterile environments, like hospitals for data entry by medical personnel without increased risk of transfer of germs. The devices could also e passed around more in locations like schools or between co-workers without needing to be sterilized continually.
The split keyboard would magnetize to the back of the iPad. The concave shape of the keyboard would allow for full range of motion for the fingers and the extendable handles would accommodate any hand size or length, and ensure natural dexterity. The keyboard splits apart to orient to the iPad when used in portrait or landscape. for storage, the keyboard magnetizes together to protect the keys.
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