Dutch student makes QWERTY keyboard smartphone Jolla




How appealing smartphones are still a physical keyboard? The genre is almost extinct, but there are still fans of ramplankjes on phones. One of those fans of Dirk Loppersum, a student from Delft on his business card with his prototyping small company touts’ Made in the bedroom, just like you. ”

The key features of the new smartphone is possible because Jolla, creator of the eponymous smartphone that runs on its own new operating system Sailfish, its smartphone has two distinct parts. The front is solid, the back can change the user. The smartphone has a variety of ways to connect to the device ‘Other Halfs’, the Other Half connects via NFC, but the connection can then physically run through pogo pin. The QWERTY keyboard uses the I ² C bus.

The idea of ​​a QWERTY keyboard for Jolla exists for months and the Finnish maker of the smartphone appears impressed by the idea of ​​the Dutch student. He stands on telecom exhibition Mobile World Congress on stand Jolla with its prototype, in a section where Jolla include also The Other Halfs shows that it has created in collaboration with companies such as Angry Birds sleeve that came through a cooperation also with the Finnish Rovio, the creator of the game.

Its QWERTY keyboard will not be mass produced, hopes Van Loppersum. “I am now eighty orders. My biggest fear is that thousands of people are going to order. You know, I do it all by yourself at home. If too many orders come, I will have to disappoint people.”

The keyboard itself is the Motorola Milestone, also known as the American name Droid, a device that came on the market in late 2009. Next to the buttons, it also contains a path with ‘arrow’. “There was some criticism of the use of the keyboard, the Milestone, but there is not much choice. You can order many keypads appliances from the past in China, but the section below, with metal buttons, is much scarcer. This was the only one I could get. “for a reasonable price

If the keypads come in Delft From Loppersum there is still an Other Half of it, the keyboard is much smaller than Jolla smartphone itself. “Then you see how great smart phones have become in recent years, the Milestone was quite a big phone when it came out, but the keyboard now looks small.” The result is that the physical keyboard is a lot smaller than the keyboard on the screen itself.

In order to make, from the keyboard Other Half he prints the sheath in plastic. “I have bought a 3D printer and doing since last week nothing but parts print.” The keyboard slides under the rest of the device in the closed position and the user can extend it, and then fold up, so he is inclined.

Other Half of Jolla with qwerty keyboard Other Half of Jolla with qwerty keyboard

The Other Half with qwerty keyboard is much less sophisticated than you might expect if it came from a manufacturer. The printed material feels rough and the software keyboard disappears automatically if you do not go tapping on the keyboard. Moreover, not all keys as well, sometimes he hits just about attacks.

Loppersum sells accessory for 100 dollars including shipping. The Other Half with qwerty keyboard mainly shows what is possible when a manufacturer itself facilitates the crafting of appliances and encourages. Companies in the smartphone market are not averse copying ideas. It is hoped that the two ideas, both to enable the making of additions to equipment and qwerty keyboards, find imitation. The smartphone is indeed a very personal device, but tweaking the functionality in smartphones generally limited to the software and it’s nice to see that it still is with hardware.


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