Our editors have compiled a list of the top five most creative (high-tech) keyboards that we’ve come across in recent time. If we happened to miss any, please leave us a comment. “Continue reading” for the list.

5. ElekTex Smart Fabric Keyboard

Want a full-sized keyboard that you can roll up and take anywhere? Than ElekTex’s Smart Fabric Keyboard is just what you’ve been looking for, its 100% fabric, water-repellent, and very light (2.4 ounces). It uses Bluetooth technology to connect with compatible devices and even comes with a PDA stand. An embedded LED displays keyboard and Bluetooth connectivity status. [Source]

4. Virtual Laser Keyboard

This “Virtual Laser Keyboard” projects a full QWERTY layout with 63-keys onto any flat surface — similar to the virtual piano. It’s compatible with any Bluetooth-enabled device, including PDAs, laptops, and Smartphones.

Allows the convinence of regular keyboard typing in a tiny form factor. Rechargeable battery lasts for 120 minutes of continuous typing. Tiny size only 3.5 inches high

3. Keyboard Tablecloth

Tonia Welter has a solution for those who want to keep their keyboard tidy. Introducing the “Keyboard Tablecloth”, a fully functional keybard with its electronics woven directly into the fabric which lay in between layers of water resistant felt.

“The marriage of eating and tipping: the decorative tablecloth, made of felt, contains a textile keyboard.”


2. Combimouse Keyboard

The Combimouse combines the functionality of a QWERTY keyboard and a full-fledged optical mouse into one device. Basically, when users touch a “Contact Switch” found in the right unit, it switches to mouse mode — I, O, J, K, L are used as mouse buttons. It’s powered by four AA batteries (two for each side) and features USB connectivity. Currently, Combimouse Pty Ltd has finished its prototype and is ready to commercialize the product. [Source]

1. EZ-Reach

TypeMatrix’s EZ-Reach 2030 could be the ultimate keyboard. It features a modular design, one-touch key switch to “Dvorak”, straight vertical key columns for increased typing accuracy, and a thin profile. Additional information here.


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