Touchfire is a great idea for iPad users who like to touch type. The Touchfire Screen-Top Keyboard for iPad, a clear silicone keyboard that snaps into place magnetically over the iPad's on-screen keyboard. A patented key design transforms the hard, featureless surface of the iPad's on-screen keyboard into a pleasant, tactile, typing experience. Although I only got to type on the Touchfire for about two minutes, I liked it a lot. You can actually rest your hands lightly on the keys, without them registering. The problem with a virtual keyboard is that it types with the lightest pressure, even when you brush across the screen, not wanting to type. The keyboard weighs less than an ounce, is as thin as two credit cards. It works with all versions of the iPad. It can be stored on the iPad or rolled up in the cover, so it’s easy to keep with the iPad at all times. It’s designed to handle the rigors of travel and is easy to clean with tap water. I talked to Steve Isaac, the CEO and co-designer of Touchfire. He told me this was a Kickstarter project with a goal of raising $10,000 in seven weeks. They met that goal in five days, and the project ended with over $200,000. There were 3,146 backers and over 4,400 pre-orders before the product was even manufactured. Steve was quoted as saying: “Over 65 million people use their iPads everyday but one of its major limitations as a productivity tool is that it is difficult to type on the glass surface. Until now, the only solution was to add on a heavy, bulky, battery-powered Bluetooth keyboard -- negating the benefits of iPad's sleek, light design. We created the Touchfire to fix the fundamental problems inherent in typing on the glass surface of the iPad. With the Touchfire, typing on an iPad is a joy, not a pain." The keyboard with a travel case is $49.99.
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