We’re always keeping watch for new gadgets that give you new ways to use your smartphone or tablet. Here we’ve got solutions for charging and typing without a keyboard:
With the Virtual Keyboard from Brookstone, you type as if you’ve got a keyboard even though there isn’t.
A really cool pocket-sized device makes this possible. Just pair the hardware with any Bluetooth device, including a laptop, phone or tablet.
Turn it on and lay the virtual keyboard – which uses laser projection – on any flat surface. It projects a keyboard approximately 11 inches wide by 4 inches high.
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Optics inside track your fingers’ movement as you type. The device communicates with the device you paired it with.
A display shows features such as your battery level, caps lock, volume, sensitivity settings and brightness.
Three sensitivity levels adjust for different light conditions and even for those who have painted finger nails. Different modes can be set for how you position your fingers and wrist for typing, and for using the device as a mouse.
An internal 500mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery will last for about two hours of continuous typing. $119.99 (2.4 x 1.6 x 0.6-inches, 2.75 ounces) at www.Brookstone.com.
The Freedom over-the-shoulder messenger smart bag by Phorce holds everything you would expect but also charges a pair of USB devices inside the bag.
The main compartment holds a whopping 15,000mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery that can charge devices simultaneously, including tablets and smartphones.
The battery is built with intelligent connectors that automatically supply the proper voltage to each device
The bag is coated natural canvas and has dark gunmetal hardware. In case of rain, it’s water-resistant fabric and waterproof zippers will help keep the contents dry.
When you prefer, the bag’s strap splits into two, converting the shoulder bag into a backpack. Or just take off the straps entirely and use it as a briefcase.
A microUSB cable is included for charging the battery. $199 in black at http://phorce.com.
iDapt’s Wireless Charger (i4w Qi ) is as useful as it gets for charging multiple or single portable electronic gadgets – some even without a cord.
It’s compatible with more than 5,000 devices and can charge up to four simultaneously. If your device is Qi enabled, all you do is lay it down on the front flat part of the charging base to charge it.
In addition to the wireless charging, iDapt charging systems are known for charging adapters, called “tips,” that are interchangeable.
Tips included with the system are a pair of microUSB, miniUSB, Apple Lighting and 30-pin. Additional tips can be purchased for $9.99 each.
Any two of these can be put to use at the same time along with the Qi-enabled device. The forth device can be charged out of the USB port (2.1 to 2.4amps) with your own USB cable.
Built-in technology lets the charger sense what charge is needed for any device, enabling it to be charged at the correct speed. $59.99 at www.idaptweb.com.
Magic Opener by Chic Execs isn’t really magic and doesn’t require any USB connection, but I think it’s cool so I’ll tell you about it.
It’s designed to open any bottle or can on the planet and is especially good for anyone suffering from arthritis or other hand ailments. It’s advertised as a “no strain no pain,” tool. A magnetic back makes it easy to store and find the bottle shaped opener.
The Original ($19.99) opens bottles and soda cans, while the Extreme opener ($24.99) will help with canned food. www.MagicOpener.com.