Keyboard/headset: together at last

Keyboard/headset: together at last

Summary: Here's a Bluetooth headset that works with your mobile devices, and, when you turn it around, you have a wireless keyboard.

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Japan, the country that brought us the bullet train, the compact disc and the flat-panel TV, is now about to set the world alight with chotto matte, a headset that's also a keyboard.

(Credit: Elecom)

This week, Japanese manufacturer Elecom unleashed the TK-MBDD041 on an unsuspecting world. It's a Bluetooth headset that works with your mobile devices, and, when you turn it around, you have a wireless keyboard. What will they think of next?

The device is designed specifically for handling voice over internet protocol (VoIP) calls, like Skype, and has a little window for displaying recent calls. But doesn't your phone already do that? The benefit comes from the dual functionality. No need to carry a separate handset and keyboard around, when you can have them combined in one device. Imagine.

It could be useful, although I suspect that fat Western fingers might struggle with it. Perhaps that's why this device is only available in Japan. It could also be that at 18,690 yen (AU$220), we'll need a little time before we see the real virtues. After all, Matushita Electric patented the radio-receiver-built-in-flash camera back in 1979. And now look!

Topics: Mobility, Hardware

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  • Given that the keyboard is bigger than a Blackberry's, your bizarre comment about "Western fingers" is likely to be inaccurate.
    mpm123