LG made a full-sized keyboard that turns into a stick.
As mobile devices get more portable, the need for smaller accessories to tango with our favorite gadgets is at its peak. LG is looking to capitalize the trend by announcing what could be the world's first foldable keyboard for phones and tablets.
Dubbed the LG Rolly Keyboard, this wireless accessory folds up easily and turns into a stick, making it very portable and easy to store in your bag, purse, or pocket. Just fold it four times and it's ready to go with you.
But what about the functionality? LG says that the keyboard is extremely comfortable, thanks to its 17mm key pitch (most desktop keyboards have 18mm key pitches). It's safe to say that this keyboard is good enough to type emails, reports, and articles.
Additionally, the Rolly Keyboard acts as a mobile stand; it has two steady arms that fold out to support smartphones and tablets. When you unfold the accessory, it automatically enables the auto-pairing feature to connect to any mobile device nearby. Users can also toggle between two devices with a simple key.
The keyboard is made from polycarbonate and ABS plastic, so it's basically durable and impact-resistant. Powering the accessory is a single AAA battery that can reportedly last for up to three months. Obviously, the battery drains easily when used heavily.
LG plans to launch the Rolly Keyboard in the U.S. in September. Other markets will follow in the fourth quarter. LG will reveal the pricing and other details at IFA 2015 next month.
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“LG Rolly Keyboard is just one of the many premium input devices we’ll be unveiling in the coming months as we expand our accessories offerings,” said Seo Young-jae, vice president in charge of Innovative Personal Devices at LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The goal was to create a product that could add more value to LG smartphones and tablets at the same time offering a unique design proposition that hadn’t been explored before.”