I just don’t get this Kickstarter project. Called the iKeyboard, the idea is to make the iPad easier to touch type on without adding bulk to either your iPad or your gadget bag.
But as a guy who does a lot of touch typing throughout the day, I’ve got to say, I’m a bit mystified by how exactly trying to type through a bunch of rectangular holes is going to make iPad writing easier for me.
Nevertheless, the creator of the iKeyboard — who describes his project as his put-up-or-shut-up moment — spills over a thousand words promising that the iKeyboard will be the cure-all for would-be iPad touch typist. In his defense, he’s not asking much, though: he wants to raise $4,000 to make the iKeyboard, and a $30 pledge will get you one when it’s released.
Consider me skeptical. Although there is a case to be made that touch typing allows you to more fully immerse yourself in the process of writing, even if the iKeyboard works, it doesn’t address the iPad’s biggest failing as a writing instrument: the autocorrect mechanism that all too often substitutes words you didn’t mean.