Geekspeak: August 20, 2001

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2001-08-20 Print this article Print

A Keyboard for Mobile Phones? Only on My Geekiest Day

Motorolas iBoard is a portable keyboard from Stowaway for mobile phones. Yes, phones. The iBoard (see photo), designed to work with Motorola i85s, i50sx or i55sr phones, is virtually a clone of the Stowaway portable keyboards for Palm OS and Pocket PC devices.

The iBoard certainly makes data input easier, but I couldnt imagine dropping $100 on it—let alone putting up with the bulge it would create in my pocket—for something usable only with a mobile phone.

Im waiting for a series of swappable connectors that would allow me to use the same keyboard with all the devices I might, on a particularly geeky day, be carrying along with me.

As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. Jason's coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at

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