“Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door” is a misquotation of Ralph Waldo Emerson. While the poet actually referred to chairs and knives, doubtless he’d feel the same about keyboards.
I love alternative keyboard designs because they’re trying to innovate a ubiquitous device bound for obsolescence.
Ergonomic keyboards have been around for ages, but KeMice is yet another attempt to modernize the hoary QWERTY. It’s split in two and is supposed to be easier to use than portable Bluetooth or virtual keyboards; it’s also got a built-in mouse.
Part of a $150,000 Indiegogo campaign out of China, KeMice divides down the middle at T, with the right half acting as a mouse when it’s moved around. J and K then act as mouse buttons.
You can position the halves anywhere around your tablet or phone.
It’s not a full-size keyboard, lacking dedicated number and function keys, but the keys themselves are fairly large for easy typing.
It’s got an aluminum frame and MacBook-style plastic keys, and would be available in black or white.
KeMice is being offered for $69 including leather case and shipping to the U.S. See more details here and the promo vid below.
Republished from cnet.com. (View original version.)