Blast from the Past – The Virtual Keyboard – Seeing is Believing

Now this review is a sure classic gadget. And one from 10 years ago!

Welcome to my next Gavin’s Gadget Review – the Virtual Keyboard

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Now before anyone asks, is this fantasy or fiction I will state this is fiction and following my use of the keyboard it is no gimmick.

In fact before I continue, I have been left stunned at how well its works. Not to mention the “wow” factor. All my colleagues, friends in the pub, new friends I have made showing the Virtual Keyboard cannot believe what they are seeing. However, they are equally amused by the fact it work.

So what do you get in the box.

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The Virtual Keyboard, a lovely small case for it, some instructions, the installation CD, and a whole host of adapters which connect to Palm, Pocket PC, Smartphones and even a PC (serial).

The Virtual Keyboard uses the latest infrared and laser technology to project a full size qwerty keyboard onto any flat surface.

The current version is compatible with:

O2 XDA I and II – O/S Pocket PC2002/3

Orange SPV e200 – O/S Smartphone 2003

Palm Tungsten T3 – O/S Palm OS 5.x

Palm M505 – O/S Palm OS 4.x

HP2210 – O/S Pocket PC2003

HP5550 – O/S Pocket PC2003

Laptops/Desktops – O/S WinXP, 2000, NT & 98

The actual device is quite compact. In fact it was a lot smaller than I had anticipated.
Loading the installation CD revealed all the different operating systems. I chose Palm OS5 and installed the driver.

Plug the charging into the wall and give the unit a 2 hours charge. This should last for 2 hours continuous typing. So in reality you should get a whole days worth of typing if you do a bit here and there.

Next it is important to configure the driver to your own typing style and the various options as shown below.

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The size of projection is reasonable and easy to use.

It is worth noting that the Virtual Keyboard cannot be used in direct sunlight and must be used on a flat surface. Also, the keyboard driver settings appear to be lost following a soft reset.

So where in the world can you purchase this? I bought mine from Simple Solutions (http://www.simplesolutions-uk.com/shop/ ). This is the first time I used this company and I was very impressed at how efficient and helpful everyone was in answering all my questions. Also, my Virtual Keyboard arrived the very next day!

Definitely recommended and a very cool piece of kit.    

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