One2Touch foldable smartphone keyboard uses NFC for years of battery life
Cords and plugins are nonexistent in this foldable smartphone keyboard from One2Touch, as the built-in battery lasts up to five years without being charged.
The one thing that bothers many smartphone users is the lack of a reliable keyboard. When it comes to smartphone keyboards, the iPhone seems to get the most criticism. Learning the iPhone keyboard is an effort. The keys are small and sensitive, and you have to essentially learn to trust that your phone will auto correct. But often, auto correct messes up your words, mistaking them for something else. There’s even a website (damnyouautocorrect) dedicated to chronicling all the hilarious auto correct mishaps.
Erroneous text messages tend to happen when you’re in a rush or extremely busy. Often, those are the moments when sending a legible message is critical. It’s such a disappointment to send off a message, then realize you typed “waht is the code for the Paris?” when you wanted to know the code for your co-worker’s apartment building. If you have an iPhone, you know this is a normal occurrence.
There has to be a way around this. We are living in the digital age, people are inventing things left and right, so why hasn’t anyone invented a solution to our iPhone keyboard woes? It turns out, two companies have come together to solve the keyboard issue, and they seem to have went above and beyond the call of duty.
A Japanese electronics firm called Elecom and a Norwegian company called One2Touch plan to launch an NFC-enabled keyboard that works with all smartphones. What makes this invention so unique is that it doesn’t require any cables, and it also doesn’t need to be charged. The foldable, flexible keyboard, made of silicone, has a built-in battery that lasts three to five years. When you want to use it, all you have to do is set your smartphone down on the space in the middle of the device and start typing.
The keyboard might take a little getting used to, as the keys are separated halfway down, so one set of keys is on the left and the other on the right. If you’re used to working with laptops or the standard keyboard all day, you’ll probably struggle for a bit. After awhile, though, the keyboard should be easy to type on. Since the buttons are made of silicone, it’s a soft and comfortable way to type. You also won’t get the dreaded “texting thumb” — when you text so much that your thumb has trouble releasing from that curled up position.
Of course, it has some downfalls. When the battery dies, you can’t replace it, you have to go out and buy a whole new keyboard. And since the keyboard will retail for about $ 240, buying another one every few years may be a pain.
After the keyboard starts selling, the companies will likely drop the price. In the meantime, this keyboard would be good for those who plan to use it sporadically. The three-to-five year timeline for the keyboard battery is based off regular use of the device. If you don’t use it that much, the battery will last longer.