Keyboards have made the news in recent months with stories ranging from a customizable programmable keyboard, to a keyboard part of a USB-C dock, and a 2-key open-source keypad.
FICIHIP multifunctional keyboard is special in its own way as besides a traditional QWERTY keyboard is also includes a 12.6-inch touchscreen display which makes it looks like a computer, but no, it’s really just a USB keyboard that happens to come with a display design for computers and smartphones.
FICIHIP multifunctional keyboard key features and specifications:
- QWERTY keyboard with RGB backlight and hot-swappable mechanical keycaps for DIY layout on K2 model only
- Display – 12.6-inch screen with 1920×515 resolution @ 60 Hz, 10-point multitouch panel
- HDMI input – HDMI 1.4 port
- USB – USB 3.1 Type-C port, 2x USB 2.0 ports
- Aluminum body
That means the keyboard acts as a second display either through the USB-C port when connected to a mobile phone, laptop, or computer with such interface, or through HDMI plus USB with other devices. The keyboard also acts as a USB hub through the two USB 2.0 ports. The company claims the touchscreen display typically cuts mouse usage by around 50%.
FICIHIP says no software is needed, and the keyboard is compatible with Huawei EMUI, Samsung DEX, and other desktop-capable mobile operating systems. Bear in mind you’ll only get user-swappable mechanical keys and RGB LED backlight on the K2 model. The concept is quite similar to the keyboard used in ASUS ZenBook Duo UX481 laptop with a secondary 12.6-inch display which may end up being the same in both products.
Both versions of the keyboard have been launched on Kickstarter with over $100,000 raised so far, well above the initial funding target. Rewards start at $209 for the K1 model, and $280 for the K2 version as all Super Early Bird rewards ($240) have already been backed. Prices do not include shipping which adds about $15 worldwide. The company expects to ship the keyboard right after the end of the crowdfunding campaign in August.
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