Frogpad, the maker of portable one-handed keyboards announced the general availability of a Bluetooth enabled FrogPad keyboard. The device is called BlueFrog and incorporates FrogPad's patented ergonomic layout designed around the 15 most-used letters in the English alphabet with the Bluetooth technology.
Unlike QWERTY, whose design was derived from the limitations of 19th Century typewriter technology, the FrogPad offers a logical key layout and design that encourages correct ergonomic posture. Additionally, given its use of full-size keys, the FrogPad offers users of mobile computing devices an effective alternative to the script-based or mini thumb keyboard platforms currently available. After an average of 8 hours of training and practice, most FrogPad users can achieve input rates of up to 40 words per minute, as compared to the average of 10-20 words per minute by the fastest thumb typists.
The keyboard measures only 3" x 5" and it's available in Mac OS X and PC versions.
FrogPad uses the Bluetooth HID (Human Interface Device) profile and uses a Bluetooth solution developed by Gennum Corp. It has a battery life of one month, and its lithium ion batteries will be rechargeable through a USB cable. The company will keep the current slim design for this BT model, for the first 1,000 units, while future models will be wearable.
The first 1,000 units will be available after the March CeBit 2004 in Hannover, at a price of US$200. The company has now a website where users may register for the first Bluetooth FrogPads. Users can visit this site for PC and this site is for Mac OS X. These two FrogPad models are exactly alike in performance and the only difference will be the key caps to accommodate the Apple and Windows commands keys.
The company has also created FrogBlogging site where users can post comments and suggestions.
In an effort to assist OEMs interested in developing their own Bluetooth-enabled FrogPad keyboards, FrogPad and Gennum will also unveil plans to collaborate on a single chip solution, which will incorporate FrogPad's unique algorithm with the Bluetooth Human Input Device (HID) profile.