Virtual keyboard very cool
Device-charging ‘smart bag’ delivers
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.