After almost disappearing into a morass of lawsuits, the iBIZ Virtual Keyboard appears to be back on track for eventual release.
The Virtual Keyboard will attach to handhelds and smartphones and use a laser to project the image of a keyboard onto the surface of the desk where, allowing the user to input text without a physical keyboard.
iBIZ first announced plans to carry this device many months ago. However, the release date slipped numerous times and, last month, iBIZ announced that it is bringing legal action in Israel against Enterprise Capital, the company that was supposed to supply these keyboards, and who iBIZ blames for causing the delays.
Now, iBIZ has found another supplier. It has signed a worldwide exclusive license and distribution agreement with Virtual Devices Inc. (VDI). This company, headquartered in Pittsburgh, specializes in the development of innovative virtual input device technologies, including the design and development of a Virtual Keyboard.
VDI owns key intellectual property rights, patents, and patent-pending applications related to its virtual data input products. This is important to iBIZ, as it turns out the first people it went to for its Virtual Keyboard didn’t actually own the intellectual property rights to the design being used.
As a result of the change in suppliers, the iBIZ Virtual Keyboard won’t look exactly like the model that has been demonstrated for all these months, but it will work the same.
At this time, it is not known when iBIZ will begin offering this product.
Those who have already placed a pre-order for the Virtual Keyboard with iBIZ have the option of either canceling it, or waiting until the new version is released.