Gadgets

Microsoft’s Clever Folding Keyboard

Touchscreens. With their swipes, pinches, taps and pokes, they're a marvel of modern technical trickery. Right up until you need to write anything longer than 140 characters, at which point they're a pain in the thumb. 

Acutely aware of the frustrating modern pursuit of responding to an inbox via a sheet of lifeless glass, Microsoft (the guys who used to have the Paperclip chap) has come up with an elegant, practical solution.

Utilitarian in name and nature, the Universal Foldable Keyboard can pair with two Bluetooth devices at once. Compatible with Android devices, iPads, iPhones, Windows devices and just about anything with a Bluetooth connection, a set of switching buttons caters to your multi-tasking, multi-device needs. With a folding design and water repellent keyset, it's a durable little gadget - though whether it'll stand up to the crumby end of a BLT is yet to be seen. 

Measuring 14.8cm by 12.5cm when folded, it's just about possible to squeeze it in your back pocket. A three month battery life means that you don't have to cart a cable around with it as well. 

Set to arrive on Microsoft's online store "soon", you can expect it to cost around £69.

(Images: Microsoft)

[Via: The Fire Wire]