iKey Creates War-Ready Keyboard That Straps On Your Arm

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News Posted: Thu, Feb 11 2010 10:42 AM
If you're old enough to remember the Nintendo NES Power Glove, you'll definitely get a kick out of this. iKey Designs has just introduced a customized, wearable keyboard for SpecOps Systems, and it's probably one of the most interested input peripherals that we've seen in the past few years.

SpecOps has a pretty awesome mission in life: to design rugged, wearable computer technology to provide enhanced situational awareness of the battle space for military soldiers to use in the field. If it's good enough for war, it's probably good enough for whatever crazy adventure you've got planned. The new keyboard was designed after a customer asked for a computer with an integrated board that was small enough to fit within the system and was durable enough to use in harsh environments. iKey was turned to in order to find the answer, and this wild device is what sprung to life.

The KYB-170-OEM is impressive in terms of durability. It's completely sealed to NEMA 4X specifications, which means it is resistant to dirt, dust, liquids and other ingress when properly installed, and it's available with a USB cable and is designed to meet MIL-STD-461E requirements. There's no details on pricing, but unless you have a good reason to consider a war-ready keyboard that can be strapped on your arm, you probably don't want to know.


Features on the KYB-170-OEM include a 17-key keypad that functionsjust like a cellular phone does when texting. Characters are accessedby pressing the appropriate key sequentially until the desiredcharacter is produced. It also features an integrated micro ForceSensing Resistor (FSR) pointing device and can be manufactured with anyavailable color of LED lighting for use in dark environments.

TheKYB-170-OEM is completely sealed to NEMA 4X specifications, which meansit is resistant to dirt, dust, liquids and other ingress when properlyinstalled. It is available with a USB cable and is designed to meetMIL-STD-461E requirements.

Severalmodels of the WC2 featuring the integrated keyboard are now undergoingdual testing in theater and stateside. Meanwhile, iKey now offers theKYB-170-OEM as a standard product. iKey also continues to designcustomized, rugged peripheral solutions that meet the specific needs ofcustomers.


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3vi1 replied on Thu, Feb 11 2010 7:11 PM

The resemblance *is* striking.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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ClemSnide replied on Thu, Feb 11 2010 8:48 PM

I must have this, because when I go out in public, there's the possibility that people might not know that I'm a huge nerd.


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Dave_HH replied on Thu, Feb 11 2010 11:24 PM

UBER-GEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!!!!!! That's awesome, simply awesome.

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gibbersome replied on Thu, Feb 11 2010 11:43 PM

Hmmm...by looking at the screen, I'm guessing it's running Windows?

If yes, that would make all its other security/durability features pointless...

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acarzt replied on Fri, Feb 12 2010 12:56 AM

heeeeeeyyyy! I could of swore I commented in here :-( I must not have hit submit..

Basically I was complaining about the design and lack of a qwerty keyboard lol

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rapid1 replied on Fri, Feb 12 2010 1:48 AM

Hmmmm I knew those texting champions were being trained for something. That is actually pretty awesome, is it a fully operational computer as it looks? Throw a N adapter in the usb slot, and become the ultimate wardriver.

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That technology looks like something out of a retro sci-fi movie.    Also, I hope that's at least a touch screen.

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rapid1 replied on Fri, Feb 12 2010 2:24 PM

rofl this thing definitely looks like something from "I come in Peace" I think that was the movie name.

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It also doubles up as a bullet-proof arm-shield.

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Inspector replied on Fri, Feb 12 2010 10:17 PM

lol hows this thing suppose to be useful? :D

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rapid1 replied on Sat, Feb 13 2010 1:41 AM

It is made for soldiers and high tech hit men

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