Television and radio personality Ryan Seacrest wants a physical keyboard for his iPhone so badly, he’s willing to put in a million dollars of his own money to make it happen.
Seacrest is the latest in a long line of Hollywood stars who have invested heavily in tech startups in recent years – with perhaps Ashton Kutcher being the most known for it.
The new company, known as Typo Keyboard, features Mr. Seacrest as one of the co-founders; rumors suggest that they plan to invest another $4 million or more to get the company off the ground. Typo plans to exhibit its first product at CES in January – a physical keyboard case for your iPhone 5 and 5s.
From the looks, Typo’s keyboard shares more than a passing resemblance with BlackBerry’s own style – and for good reason; the Canadian tech giant is perhaps best known for its excellent physical keyboards.
In development for more than two years now, the Typo case slips over your iPhone in two pieces: the bottom jacks into the iPhone’s lightning port and features the bulk of the case as well as the keyboard, and a top section that slips over the top and secures the case to the phone.
There’s no word yet as to how much we can expect to pay for the Typo, but if it works well – which, at this point, is still a big if – you can likely expect strong sales. One of the larger questions we see people clamoring about online is the request for an iPhone attached to a physical keyboard.
Typo’s effort isn’t the first one we’ve seen, but it might have the best chance of success.