Vir­tual key­board very cool

De­vice-charg­ing ‘smart bag’ de­liv­ers

SundayXtra - - LIFE / TECH -

WITH the Vir­tual Key­board from Brook­stone, you type like there’s a key­board there, even though there isn’t.

That might not make sense, but this is a re­ally cool pocket-sized de­vice. Just pair the hard­ware with any Blue­tooth de­vice you want to use.

Turn it on and lay the vir­tual key­board — which uses laser pro­jec­tion — on any flat sur­face. Op­tics track your fin­gers typ­ing, which com­mu­ni­cates with the de­vice you paired the key­board with. It projects a key­board ap­prox­i­mately 28 cen­time­tres wide by 10 cen­time­tres high. A dis­play shows key fea­tures such as your bat­tery level, caps lock, vol­ume, sen­si­tiv­ity set­tings and bright­ness. The three sen­si­tiv­ity lev­els are for dif­fer­ent light con­di­tions and even for those who have painted fin­ger­nails. Dif­fer­ent modes can be set for how you po­si­tion your fin­gers and wrist for typ­ing and us­ing it as a mouse. An in­ter­nal, recharge­able bat­tery will last for about two hours of con­tin­u­ous typ­ing. DE­TAILS: US$119.99; brook­stone.com. THE Phorce Free­dom over-the-shoul­der mes­sen­ger ‘smart bag’ holds ev­ery­thing you would ex­pect, but also charges a pair of USB de­vices inside the bag.

The main com­part­ment holds a whop­ping 15,000mAh, lithium-ion recharge­able bat­tery that can charge de­vices simultaneously, in­clud­ing tablets and smart­phones.

The bat­tery is built with in­tel­li­gent con­nec­tors that au­to­mat­i­cally sup­ply the proper volt­age to each de­vice.

The bag is coated with nat­u­ral can­vas and has dark gun­metal hard­ware. Its wa­ter-resistant fab­ric and wa­ter­proof zip­pers will help keep the con­tents dry.

If you pre­fer, the bags strap splits into two, con­vert­ing the shoul­der bag into a back­pack. Or just take off the straps en­tirely and use it as a brief­case. A mi­cro-USB cable is in­cluded for charg­ing the bat­tery. DE­TAILS: US$199; avail­able in black; phorce.com.

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