Control Your PC & Smartphone with One Keyboard

Control Your PC & Smartphone with One Keyboard

Amber Bouman
May 11, 2012

Take a good look at your desk. Chances are, in addition to your PC, you've got a smartphone, a tablet, an iPod or two, and/or an ultrabook or laptop as well. The average person owns a lot of devices these days and while you can easily share and sync documents, videos, links, photos, and music through the cloud, you're likely to find yourself switching between a keyboard and a mobile device quite frequently throughout the day to respond to texts or check your calendar, lists, or reminders stored in your phone.

Matias has developed a solution in the One Keyboard, a new line of three keyboards that connect to a desktop or laptop via USB cable, and simultaneously connect to a mobile device such as an iPad, iPhone or Blackberry, via Bluetooth. A button on the upper right corner of the keyboard allows you to switch back and forth effortlessly between the two, so you can use your keyboard to reply rapid-fire to text messages, run a slide show, and control your device's brightness and music playback without having to take your fingers off the keys.

The Slim model includes a Matias MiniRizer kickstand to prop up your smartphone nearby, while the standard version and Tactile models both have an in-keyboard stand that holds your iPhone or iPod Touch just about the arrow-navigation keys. The Tactile model also uses Alp Mechanical Switches for every key, which mimic the solid "click" and performance of the old Apple Extended keyboards, as well as three USB ports and anti-ghosting circuitry which helps the keyboard keep up with fast typists' corrections. Unfortunately, as the keyboards pull their power from USB (instead of batteries), so they can't charge your device and won't be much use away from a power source, but they are also capable of connecting two Macs or PCs by using the USB link on one, and the Bluetooth connection on the second.

One Keyboard Slim $79
One Keyboard Standard $99
One Keyboard Blackberry $99
One Keyboard Tactile $199

(Images via Matias)

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