I must admit that I could not do this post without a physical keyboard with keys. I tried to do a post from my Droid X before, and it just didn’t work.
Apparently, James Stumpf has had the same problem when he was typing on his iPad, and he was on a an airplane when he had a funny yet inspirational thought. What if the keys could just grow up out of the glass?
This is the idea of the Levitatr, a Bluetooth keyboard that can retract its keys when not in use. The idea is to prevent accidental key presses, and keep dirt and crumbs out. You can watch a video of it after the jump, and they really try and make retractable keys as dramatic as possible.
The Levitatr is about 12.5mm thick, and made from an aluminum chassis. As an added bonus, the keys are backlit, and it has a kickstand that will prop up the tablet or the smartphone. It is powered by 4 AA batteries.
Sadly, this is not out now. This is one of the Kickstarter products that needs funding. It needs about $60,000, and a pledge of $79 will get you one for pre-order.
I would love it if every tablet PC has this type of keyboard on it. Perhaps this is the future: keyboards that grow out of touchscreens.