The unique TextBlade mobile keyboard caught my eye back in January last year. A tiny gadget with a promise to deliver the typing experience of a full keyboard, TextBlade went on sale in January on the Waytools‘ web site.
Each component of the TextBlade has a built-in computer chip to power the MultiKey and MultiLayer features. The computer chips are networked and connected by magnets, which is what allows the TextBlade to function without any cords or circuits that bridge the different pieces together.
Rare earth magnets are built into every key of the TextBlade and all of the magnets perform different functions, from allowing the pieces of the TextBlade to snap easily together to charging to facilitating communication between each piece.
The TextBlade works with any device that supports Bluetooth 4.0, from mobile devices to computers. The device’s stand is compatible with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad Air 2. The company is developing an XL stand for heavier devices like the older iPads, but the stand is not a necessary component of the TextBlade — users can just as easily use an existing stand or cover to prop up an iPad or iPhone.
The TextBlade is in production and many of the components are ready to go. The company has made some last minute changes to tweak the butterflies underneath each key to provide an even better, more precise key feel, and once that component upgrade is ready it will ship out for preoders requested.