How many times have you constructed an email on your smartphone, which started out in your head being only a few lines long and ended up being almost the length of War and Peace? Well, you and me are not the only ones and there is a new Kickstarter project from TREWGrip available that promises to help you out. But be warned it is pricey!
The TREWGrip Mobile QWERTY is a handheld typing device and mouse that will give your smartphone the ability to fly, well it will give it wings, of sorts. The TREWGrip wants to give mobile typists an alternative to the on-screen solution we are stuck with. Unlike most other Bluetooth keyboards, this accessory has a built-in mouse and intends to be usable while walking, although it is a bit cumbersome for that. It has a strange curvature for users to more easily grip the device with two hands. There are buttons on both sides and the grips can be removed or replaced, allowing users to type using whichever set of keys they prefer.
Odd appearance aside, there seems to be a real draw for a device like this. There may already be Bluetooth keyboards that can integrate with desktops, tablets, smartphones and TV’s but they generally are either too small for a heavy typing escapade or large enough that they are best resting on a flat surface. The TREWGrip, if it lives up to its promises, will be comfortable to use sitting on the chesterfield, standing in line at a cinema, or while trying to stay in touch during the commute (obviously not while driving).
The TREWGrip uses Bluetooth 3.0 and has a lithium ion battery that can be charged via a micro USB cable, which should supply ten hours of battery life. It will weigh just over a single pound and it comes with a set of small, medium or large rubber grips which are available in colours of black, green, blue, and red.
As with most Kickstarter projects it is possible to pledge less and get your hands on a t-shirt, but you will need to pledge $249 or more if you want to receive a TREWGrip device. Currently they are scheduled to ship in February. The project has, at this time, raised just over ten percent of its $100,000 goal so far and there’s still 21 days left to go for anyone who wants to jump on the bandwagon.
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