Laser-projected virtual keyboard fits on your keychain

Somewhere along the line, we decided that smaller is better.

Mobile gadgets, from phones to computers, seem to keep shrinking in size. It’s gotten to the point that I almost feel silly pulling out my completely normal-sized laptop at the coffee shop. It seems massive next to the mini-tablets and iPhones everyone else is tapping on.

Beside my Android phone, I’ve avoided most of these gadgets for one simple reason: I write for a living and just can’t see myself hacking away on a tiny, touchscreen keyboard. Only the full QWERTY experience can keep me from pulling my hair out. That’s why the Laser Projection Virtual Keyboard by Brookstone caused me to double take. Tucked inside a tiny cube is laser technology that projects a virtual (normal-sized!) keyboard onto any flat surface.

Don’t be fooled by the tiny plastic case complete with key chain loop. Hidden inside this unassuming packaging is a laser projector that recreates a keyboard on the table in front of you. As you start to type on the virtual keys, advanced optics are hard at work tracking your fingers’ every move. Bluetooth technology allows the keyboard to work seamlessly with your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

When you’re done simply switch off the projection, and the device returns to its dormant state as a key chain accessory. Complete with rechargeable li-ion battery (USB cord included), you’ll never again find yourself cursing the tiny keys on a touch screen device. Be warned though, if you use the virtual keyboard in public, you may have to endure some funny looks from people who think you’re an obsessed pianist. Or a very new tablet user. (Starting at $99)

Beth Buczynski, EarthTechling