iBIZ Technology Corp. has announced that it will soon begin selling the Xela (pronounced Zee-la), a combination handheld case and keyboard.
The Xela is kept constantly clipped to the handheld, where it serves as a case. When the time comes to enter some text, the front is lowered and two wings swing around to give the user a horizontally oriented keyboard which the company claims is large enough to use with two hands.
The first version of the Xela is designed for the Palm m500 series and i705 and will be available in November. The next version will be for the HP iPAQ series, and will be out in the first quarter of next year. The company says there will eventually be versions for most handhelds available on the market, all of which will cost about $60.
The m500 series version includes a pass-through port which will allow the handheld to be placed in its cradle while it’s attached for charging and data synchronization.