When out of my office my iPad Mini is always at my side. It’s just the right size whether I’m with a client in the car or I need to demonstrate something at lunch. Overall the built-in keyboard is fine for but when I really need to type something I keep an Apple Wireless keyboard in the back of the car.
But, the other day, I saw something I thought would be pretty cool called the Phorm Case (www.getphorm.com) from Tactus (www.tactustechnology.com). It works only in portrait mode and is engaged by a switch on the back. When it’s turned on liquid fills the keys across the bottom giving the user a tactile sensation while typing.
The case, which completely encloses your iPad mini without adding too much bulk or weight, has a thin double-layered membrane over the screen and a tiny reservoir built-in to the side of the case that holds a small amount of liquid.
I normally work in landscape mode on my Mini but the Phorm makes the most sense in portrait mode since the device is narrow enough that you can hold it and comfortably type with your thumbs.
An added bonus of The Phorm is that it gives you predictive text features and shortcuts like “.com” and “.net” which are not normally implemented on a standard Bluetooth keyboard.
Currently Tactus is taking order for the Phorm, which will retail for $99 and comes in (gray and black) or sky gray (gray and white).
Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors and he is a Broker/Associate at Sotheby’s International Realty.