Does an iPhone-integrated keyboard for your Mac or PC sound interesting? The Korean tech company, Omnio, thinks so.

The WOWKey device is a desktop keyboard that boasts iPhone integration through a built-in dock. This “made for iPhone” keyboard is the first of its kind, offering extensive integration with iOS. This inventive gadget opens up a world of possibilities…

You are given 15 hotkeys designed for use with the iPhone. The integrated dock handles charging and syncing with iTunes. When you plug your iPhone into the WOWKey, you still have full control of iOS. But there is a software element that begins to interact with the keyboard’s physical iPhone hotkeys. The hotkeys will help with making typing and app-switching on your iPhone much more efficient.

The WOWKey opens up many possibilities for turning your iPhone into a media center remote control, number pad, multi-touch trackpad (TouchPad), and AirPlay controller (when iOS 4.2 is released). I’m sure it will also improve the efficiency of your text message replies.

This keyboard tries its best to be the best cross-platform keyboard it can be. It offers both the Apple and Windows secondary buttons (such as Command, Option, Function, Windows flag, etc). Omnio has licensed use of multitouch in iOS for both the PC and Mac, which is very nice. This means all of your gestures will be supported on both platforms. Users can simply switch between iOS, PC and Mac modes with the press of a button.

The device has received the official seal of approval from Apple, and is slated to hit online retailers soon for around $115. Only the 3GS and iPhone 4 are supported by the keyboard’s dock.

I would keep an eye out for this gadget when it’s released. I know I’ll be buying one.

What do you think? Would you use a keyboard like this?

[via AVING]

  • Eric

    expensive and not really needed. If i have extensive typing to do in an email or something i will just whip out my Macbook Pro or my iMac, at the least my iPad.

    • soccerkrzy

      “expensive and not really needed” and yet you own an iPad….lol

      Mommy and daddy must really love you to buy you all that nice stuff. This keyboard would be nice in a working environment to have a place for your iPhone to stay charged and sync’d while working, plus be able to reply to texts through the keyboard input would be fantastic.

  • Eric

    Oh and not to mention the fact that if you have a case on your iphone (which most (smart) people do) then you would have to remove the case to use this most likely.

    • soccerkrzy

      Odds are it will fit in the station with the case just as many hubs work now.

  • Burge

    Looks good . And at last a charger that doesn’t have a cable that slowly breaks..

  • cuitlahuac Santoyo

    This is not a first! The iHome, iConect Media Keyboard has the same atributes, however there is a versión for Mac and another for PC, and I believe it does’t support gestures. Nevertheless, is not the first keyboard with an iPod/iPhone dock integrated which can control the content of your device.

    • soccerkrzy

      That is incorrect, the iHome doesn’t integrate the iPhone, it’s simply a charging station and a method to connect to the computer.

  • Eric

    Although i really do want that iphone 4…but i will probably hold out for the next gen iPhone at this point 🙂

  • @cultlahuac- While you are right that it is not technically the first keyboard to have some iPhone integration, it IS the first keyboard to offer all of the functionality I listed. The hotkeys especially make this something that stands out from the iConnect.

  • Rob

    If There’s A Hot Key For The Home Key On My iPhone 4, Im In

  • Doyoung

    This is a world first KEYBOARD for desktop and iPhone. As I know…
    iHome does not support the text input from the Keyboard.
    It just support the charging and sync. with iTunes.

    Also, the multi-touch of iPhone can be used with PC, also.
    Fatastic…….

  • Condios

    so.. euh… I’ll just always strip my iPhone of the protective cover when I’m home. And then, when I leave, I’ll try to put the protective cover back on…

    Maybe they should sell the keyboard *including* a protective iPhone cover? That is when it becomes very handy to me :-))

  • Melinda

    I would love a keyboard!! I type really fast on a regular keyboard, but very slow on texting!

  • Viomorgislise

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