Part typewriter, part iPad, the iTypewriter uses capacitive bumpers to type on the tablet’s virtual keyboard. The prototype video (below) doesn’t really help demonstrate why someone might need it, other than the ability to feel a typewriter underneath your hands.
Though designer Austin Yang’s invention seems intriguing in nature, DVICE has a few concerns about the prototype:
For starters, the keyboard does not appear to follow the standard QWERTY layout, which probably explains the glacially slow typing in the video. Worst of all, there isn’t a regular space bar along the bottom, which will throw off anyone used to touch typing.The other pitfall could come as soon as Apple decides to tweak the layout of the virtual keyboard or change the size of the iPad, something that could happen sooner rather than later.