It looks a little like an Atari Jaguar controller, but the functionality here is far different. SMK-Link Electronics has announced their new wireless ultra-mini touchpad keyboard, a game-controller-espe input device that puts cursor navigation, text entry, multimedia and audio controls in the palm of your hand (which is connected to your rear, which is planted in a sofa).
It's a QWERTY keypad that's tailor made for HTPCs, particularly considering the touchpad that's also integrated. It uses Bluetooth to connect, and both Windows PC and Mac versions are available for $69.99. "Our new Wireless Ultra-Mini Touchpad Keyboard is designed to be the perfect companion for computer control from across the room," said John Blair, General Manager of Branded Products for SMK-Link. "Its game controller-like shape is instantly familiar in the hand. Text entry using the raised-button QWERTY keyboard is fast and error-free; and cursor control using the integrated touchpad is intuitive and effortless.
Game-controller styling is instantly familiar in the hand
Shoulder-style primary and secondary mouse click buttons
Capacitive touchpad for intuitive fingertip cursor control
Virtual "multi touch" feature enables touchpad scrolling
Raised key, US-English QWERTY keyboard provides fast, error-free text entry
20 function keys, 7 hot keys and a Windows MCE launch button (PC version)
Dedicated multimedia, audio and document navigation controls
Home Theater via Hulu, Netflix, YouTube and other Web portals
Listening to music on iTunes, Pandora, Rhapsody or other Web channels
Classroom lectures and boardroom presentation using PowerPoint or Keynote
Web browsing and text messaging from the couch
Any application requiring a small, wireless computer input device.
2.4GHz RF wireless range (30 feet [10 meters] with no line-of-site restrictions)
Integrated capacitive touchpad
Smartphone-style, raised key QWERTY keypad
7 hot keys, 20 function keys and Windows Media Center Start key
(VP6364) Windows PC for Windows XP with MCE, Vista with MCE, Windows 7, Mac OS X (not all buttons supported), Linux OS
(VP6366) Apple Mac OS X
No software drivers required
2 x AA alkaline batteries (included) with power management sleep mode
Suggested retail price: $69.99
Manufacturer's Warranty: 1 Year