When I first watched the promo video for the Typo physical keyboard for the iPhone, I thought it was a complete joke. With word that Ryan Seacrest was an investor and seeing how much the Typo keyboard looked identical to a BlackBerry keyboard, I thought it was actually a Funny or Die or Rick Mercer sketch that I was viewing. But the jokes didn’t come. This was and is a real iPhone accessory. And as much as it puts me in an awkward position to admit it — I can’t lie — it’s actually a pretty damn good one, too.
I’m in Las Vegas this week for CES, and Typo has been here showing off their bluetooth keyboard for the iPhone. The CEO of Typo gave us a couple Typo keyboards to take home, and I’ve been putting it to use the past 36 hours on my iPhone 5s. I’m already at home on it - typing as fast and accurately on it as I do with my BlackBerry Q10.
This shouldn’t be a surprise though. The keyboard is such a complete rip off of a BlackBerry keyboard that there was nearly ZERO adjustment needed. I’m not a lawyer, but I understand why BlackBerry has filed suit against Typo Products LLC and Ryan Seacrest. It seems completely justified given the near identical nature of the keyboard, and I’m pretty sure there’s no way Typo will get away with selling this keyboard in the current form for very long. One way or another it’s either getting shut down, or BlackBerry will get paid on it (I tweeted the other night that BlackBerry should just buy Typo and solve the problem - it can be yet another way to bring the BlackBerry experience to other platforms).
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