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Preview: Jorno foldable keyboard

- September 21st, 2010

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While some people can type a mile a minute on their handheld portable devices others prefer the touchy-feely of an actual keyboard. The challenge of course is often the practicality of carrying it around.

So Cervantes Mobile has created Jorno, a keyboard that folds up into a neat package the size of a deck of cards. It features a hard surface and unlike those that look like a fruit rollup, this keyboard will be usable on your lap, which can be handy, especially when you’re on the road.

Rolled up it measures 3.5” X 3 .5” X 0.9” and when unfolded it expands out to 8.5″ and weighs a little less than half a pound. Now the keys aren’t full-size standard keys – roughly 15% smaller,  but still big enough to be useful to the touch typist.

Journo is wireless and uses Bluetooth to connect to your device. While I expect the company is targeting the iPad, iPhone, tablet and any smartphone with an on-screen keyboard market, there is already a preliminary list of 30 odd devices that Journo will work with including Mac and Windows desktops and notebooks.

It runs on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which supposedly will last a month, but can be recharged with the included the mini USB charging cable.

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It also ships with a detachable cradle so you can attach your device horizontally or vertically and adjust the viewing angle. As well, there’s a neat little kickstand so you can attach your devices when in detach mode.

Preorder Pricing

It’s not shipping yet. It’s expected in early 2011 at a price of US$99 but the company is offering a pre-order special for US$79 bucks through October directly from their store. It’s an opportunity to save a few shekels if this is the keyboard you’re looking for.

Greg Gazin is the Real Canadian Gadget Guy.

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