TouchFire Screen top Keyboard for iPad

TouchFire is an iPad attachment that aims to make typing on your iPad feel like typing on a real keyboard. It attaches over the top of the landscape keyboard on either the original iPad or the iPad 2 and allows typists to feel where the keys are with the result of making it easier to type quickly.

The TouchFire is made of a flexible silicone that has a number of micro-structures inserted. What these do is allow you to rest your fingers on the screen without the worry of accidentally pushing a key. When you push a key intentionally, you get the feeling that you are typing on a real keyboard.

TouchFire was one of the most challenging design problems Brad has ever tackled. On one hand, TouchFire had to be thin, light and flexible enough to live in the iPad’s cover. On the other hand, TouchFire’s keys had to provide the proper force resistance to allow people to rest their fingers and type naturally. Brad figured out how to do this by inserting a series of micro-structures inside each key. You can’t feel these micro-structures, but they contain carefully designed walls that provide the proper force resistance no matter how your finger strikes a key.

The team behind TouchFire are looking to raise $10,000 on Kickstarter to get the project up and running. You can see the full pricing details over on the Kickstarter site.

Take a look at the video below to see how it works.

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