We have all been there, fumbling with the touch screen keyboard product design on our iPhone while writing a long message or email. You don’t realize all the unintentional keys you’ve pressed in your hasty message typing and are in too much of a hurry to fix every mistake. It becomes frustrating sending numerous messages correcting yourself over and over again, which makes you look incompetent and unprofessional. Not only does the product design of a touch screen keyboard change the actual content of the message but it also changes the physical appearance of the iPhone. Excessive fingerprints and smudges make the phone look dirty and unappealing. If these issues could be fixed, there would be hardly any complaints about having a touch screen smartphone, which is exactly what the External Keyboard’s product design aims to achieve.
The External Keyboard’s Product Design
The external keyboard’s product design is composed of a physical keyboard that clips on to your iPhone through neodymium magnets. These magnets hold the keyboard in place, allowing you to type at your desired speed without touching any unwanted keys in the process. Robert Colgan, Senior Industrial Designer at MAKO Design + Invent believes this product design “improves accuracy and
brings that tactical feedback that you lose with a glass screen”. If you wish to have the keyboard off, you can take it off by simply removing it. This straightforward design makes the phone more user-friendly and efficient. It does not add any unnecessary bulk and is easy to store since the dimensions of the product are 2.4” x 5.3” x 0.42”, making it very slim. It also keeps all other access to the phone intact, not covering the charger plug or headphone jack. It provides users with the option of typing their messages and with its sleek design, it is not a burden to remove or travel with. The innovative external keyboard is certainly the future of smart phones.
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