We’ve brought you plenty of Kickstarter projects over the years. Some iPhone related, some iPad related, and a few of them have been keyboards, too. This particular keyboard though has something of a party trick, with the Spike iPhone case and keyboard combination allowing owners to fold the buttons around to the back for when they are not in use.
Costing around $50 for the premium model, the case and keyboard combo needs to reach $75,000 in order to be fully funded, and is expected to begin shipping around October time.
Don’t worry though, you’ve still got 34 days in order to get your pledge in…
While we have seen plenty of keyboards for iOS devices in the past, this particular keyboard does something different, by making it easy for users to fold it away around the back of the phone and making the keyboard itself as easy to access as possible. No leaving your keyboard at home by mistake – if you’ve got your iPhone, you’ve also got your keyboard.
Obviously the negative to having a keyboard locked around the back of your iPhone is added bulk, which is simply the price you pay for the added functionality that a hardware keyboard provides. Whether you think that is a worthy tradeoff very much depends on how you feel about that software keyboard. Regardless, the idea itself is a very intriguing one.
We’ve not had chance to get our hands on any of the Spike keyboards yet, but the initial signs are positive.
If you back this particular Kickstarter project, we’d love to hear your thoughts come October time!