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Matias Designs Keyboard Integrates Your Phone

Web surfers who use the PC and a smartphone at the same time may find Matias' new USB 2.0 keyboard to be an interesting tool. Taking its design cue from the Asus Eee Keyboard, Matias has created a special place for users to mount their smartphones on a stand between the QWERTY keys and the number pad.

But unlike the Asus Eee Keyboard, this peripheral doesn't offer a built-in touchscreen or processing components. In fact, it's just a keyboard with a slot for a phone.

"This new setup is so convenient," said Edgar Matias, CEO of Matias. "I have all these little apps on my iPod that I use all day. With the new keyboard, they're in easy reach, all the time."

For Apple iPod users, this would be ideal when using Logitech's Touch Mouse app that turns the device into a wireless trackpad (and keyboard). Smartphone users in general could have quick access to useful apps such as the calculator, the calendar, or even chat clients without having to clutter the PC's desktop space.

Matias said the concept originated from Jesus Diaz over at Gizmodo. "It's a little different from Jesus Diaz's idea," he said. "We tried several locations for positioning the smartphone stand. Ultimately, we found that having it just above the arrow keys was the most comfortable, especially when you just want to use the keyboard."

The keyboard is now available online for Mac at $49.95. The PC version is coming soon--presumably with Windows shortcut keys instead of OS X keys.

  • neiroatopelcc
    That's what I call a niche marked! I don't think I know a single person who'd want such a keyboard!
    If they'd make the keyboard so you could use it as input for the phone perhaps ..... but that's not the case.
  • Platypus
    Kevin ParrishMatias said the concept originated from Jesus Diaz over at Gizmodo.When they designed this keyboard, they literally asked: What would Jesus do?
  • victomofreality
    I could see the advantage in running msn on it while gaming or for a professional that keeps their time table in their smart phones... but $50... for that ?
  • Clintonio
    I'm a web developer. I often need my phone for many many things. But, being a web developer, I NEED those buttons it removes.
  • @Platypus:
    Yeah, and they didn't follow Jesus' idea, so now there will be Hell to pay lol
  • anamaniac
    Hmmm.... no.
    I'll stick with my old as hell HP OEM PS/2 keyboard for now until I finally decide to buy a Saitek, thank you.