Think Outside, maker of the Stowaway line of folding keyboards for handheld devices, is now taking pre-orders for a Pocket PC version of the Stowaway Infrared Wireless Keyboard.
Because it uses infrared, this keyboard can be used with almost every handheld. A Palm OS version was released last month and now Think Outside is debuting one for Pocket PC models.
When closed, the keyboard is 5.45 by 3.6 by 0.7 inches. When opened, the actual area of the keys is 9.4 inches wide and 2.6 inches high. It offers ANSI-standard keys, plus key spacing and key travel that are comparable to laptop computers.
The Stowaway Infrared Wireless Keyboard features an integrated cradle for holding the handheld upright for easier viewing while typing. It also features an adjustable IR wand that accommodates viewing in both portrait and landscape modes. Additionally, the close proximity of the IR wand minimizes latency — the time between when a key is pressed and when the letter appears on the handheld’s screen.
The new driver will allow this keyboard to work with both Pocket PC 2002 and Windows Mobile 2003 models. This includes the HP iPAQ 1900, 2200, 3600, 3700, 3800, 3900, 4100, 5100, 5400 and 5500 series; the Toshiba e330, e350/355, e740 and e750/e755 models; the Dell Axim X5; and HTC Pocket PC XDA/MDA.
The Stowaway Infrared Wireless Keyboard costs $70 and can be pre-ordered now on the Think Outside web site. It includes a free keyboard case. Shipments of this keyboard are expected to begin soon.