Dutch set physical keyboard for Jolla smartphone on Kickstarter




The Dutch student Dirk van Leersum and two co-initiators have put the physical keyboard for Jolla smartphone on Kickstarter. The project began as a hobby with a 3D-printed case and an old keyboard from a Motorola, but is now almost ready for release.

Users can choose a keyboard layout, including QWERTY, AZERTY and bare keys can choose from a range of colors and a wooden back, turns on the Kickstarter page of TOHKBD. The sliding keyboard is called The Other Half, a new ‘back’ for Jolla .

It is the second version of the keyboard. First made the student a 3D printed case containing a keyboard of an old Motorola Milestone as a physical keyboard for Jolla. Thus was he late February at the stand of Jolla telecom exhibition Mobile World Congress. Meanwhile, the initiators use a keyboard instead made separately from that of the Milestone.

Van Leersum calls from 100 euros for the sliding keyboard, which undertakes to Jolla via I2C and so can pass on the software the virtual keyboard can omit the phone in landscape mode should stay. The phone with slide out keyboard is 16mm thick.

Van Leersum wants the Kickstarter campaign fetch 55,000 euros. At the time of writing, more than 200 people supporting the action and he still has 29 days to go more than half in with. He expects to deliver the keyboards next spring.


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