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    Here's a sneak peek at my upcoming Kickstarter campaign: the Etaoin Shrdlu iPad keyboard.

    There are those who insist that "real" computers don't have virtual keyboards. "If they can't take the iPad seriously because it doesn't have a mechanical keyboard," I reasoned, "then clearly, the more mechanical the keyboard is, the happier they're going to be."

    Minuses: portability is admittedly an issue. But I'm addressing that complaint by making the carrying handle on the back a little larger.

    Pluses: it connects to the iPad via Bluetooth. No unsightly wires!

    (Except for the pair of 220V mains connections.)

    Cleaning rag (pictured) is extra.

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    1. Rock-Ola 26 months ago | reply

      Cool Andy!
      One bonus for the iPad is that it's free of lead pigs!
      I live nearby a living printing museum that has a working Linotype!

      It could be that the iPads are really "Transformers" to protect us from the evil Androids!

    2. rms2 26 months ago | reply

      Is that a microfiber cleaning cloth? If so I could totally be on board.

    3. Luthian 26 months ago | reply

      If it folds into a nice protective carrying case, I'm sold!

      (That's the Waltham museum, right?)

    4. Klifton 26 months ago | reply

      Ummmm. OK.

    5. Bungidin 26 months ago | reply

      Liquid Metal?

    6. rlbgator 26 months ago | reply

      I dunno. I've read that this thing is notorious for dingle-lock when operated in non-isomated motion.

    7. dianaraines 26 months ago | reply

      Where's the Windows key?

    8. andyi 26 months ago | reply

      I anticipated that problem, which is why the dingle arm has been designed with sinusoidal repleneration, and mounted on an isolated baseplate of preframulated amulite.

    9. Rock-Ola 26 months ago | reply

      Could you have imagined what the first iPod dock looked like?!

    10. TroyOneOn 26 months ago | reply

      Couldn't you fix the portability issue by slapping a few dozen castors on there? I'm in.

    11. danmiller45 26 months ago | reply

      No, wait. I know some newspaper execs who would love to buy a couple of these, provided they get a state-funded job-training grant to provide marketakble skills for out of work Web page designers.

      BTW, you were a smash on Chicago's 50K watt WGN-AM 890 on Tuesday assessing the iPad. The Sun-Times doesn't know how good they got it. Nice going.

    12. rcrev 26 months ago | reply

      The shop I'm currently working in had a Linotype until about 6 years ago. It's pretty sad I knew what it was as a thumbnail. I Probably have enough parts in out basement to build a working one.

      I love the smell of melted lead in the morning.

      PS Type metal is not lead it's an amalgam of lead and other metal(s) usually tin.

    13. stay-at-home-gypsy 26 months ago | reply

      Thanks, just what I was looking for!

      Found via Twitter:

      @trip_44 “@jfleck: RT @HalSF: Tweet we should send on interstellar probes: RT @ebertchicago: Ihnatko's Steampunk iPad keyboard.”

    14. Napunom 26 months ago | reply

      Shoulda been spelled IhnatKorp

    15. willy8702 26 months ago | reply

      Is that a microfiber cleaning rag?

    16. Valerie Beeby 26 months ago | reply

      Sorry. It's a bit small for my needs. I'm waiting for the iPad 3. More pixels for my buck. This should result in accessories of a more suitable size.

    17. cybersquire 26 months ago | reply

      Love to get one! Suggestions for a carrying case?

    18. Obama Pacman 26 months ago | reply

      not shot with iPhone? Blasphemy!

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