Lenovo plans clip-on physical keyboard for tablets
True to type
Tablet owners have so far had to opt for keyboard docks to take their typing physical. However, that may be about to change after recently published Lenovo patents revealed an interesting clip-on.
As you can see from the designs, the keyboard features a clamp and can be used in a multitude of ways. The split keys can be clipped to the bottom of the device and users can 'thumb' their sentences in true Qwertyboard fashion.
Alternatively, customers can clip them to the sides and adapt their typing techniques accordingly.
While the patent has only recently been published, the application originally went in in 2010. We won't hold our breath on it ever materialising. But it's a novel idea and could make carrying a keyboard peripheral less encumbering.
For further images, check out the Lenovo hand grip keyboard reveal on Patent Bolt. ®
Given the not-insignifcant number of auxiliary keyboards available for tablets, a fair number of people appear to disagree with the way you intend tablets to be used.
That's just awful. So you have to learn how to type using those weird hand-holds? No thanks, my keyboard docking Asus Transformer is a far better solution.
Anyone else who remembers the MicroWriter keypad thingy?
No, the *right* area of research for tablets is into that which will sell.
Besides, touch screen software keyboards are crap.
So, erveryone is releasing keyboards for tablets, so....
...maybe even the trendy i-sheep will one day see that tablets are a fundamentally stupid concept.