Keep Your Eyes on the Keyboard with Smartype
Tired of glancing between the keyboard and the screen all day? A new Israeli invention may make life easier for keyboard clickers around the world.
Meet “Smartype”, the keyboard with a built in screen. Just above the F keys is a screen the size of a row of text – with enough height for icons as well. As you type, you see the words on the keyboard, without having to look up at the screen.
If you already are a typing wiz, you can use Smartype to display the weather, news, stock market updates or whatever widgets you can find. Smartype is expected to retail for $99 in the coming months around the world.
The inventor of Smartype is none other than Dov Moran, the man who brought us the USB flash drive. In 2006, he sold his company to SanDisk for $1.6 billion. The keyboard hasn’t changed much in the 150 years since it was invented – until now.
Adding a small screen seems to be the perfect touch in our age of touch screens. Now that the social bubble has popped, are screens the next big thing?
Timothy Leary had this to say about screens in the 1970’s – “George Orwell had it wrong. He was too optimistic. He wrote in 1984 that Big Brother would watch us from screens on the walls of our living rooms or bedrooms. The current horror is that we’re watching the screens all day!”