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FrogPad Releases Bluetooth Enabled One-Handed Keyboard
Posted: 07-Jan-2004 [Source: FrogPad]

[FrogPad introduces Bluetooth enabled portable keyboard with full-sized keys offering new ergonomic layout option to QWERTY.]

Macworld and CES -- FrogPad(TM) Inc., maker of the revolutionary portable one-handed keyboard, and its strategic Bluetooth(TM) solutions partner, Gennum Corporation, will conduct a demonstration and announce the general availability of a Bluetooth enabled FrogPad keyboard at a press conference here today (see below for more information about the press conference). The new keyboard incorporates FrogPad's patented ergonomic layout designed around the 15 most-used letters in the English alphabet with the latest short-range wireless Bluetooth technology.

Pioneering a new global standard for data entry, the FrogPad keyboard breaks the century-old QWERTY code. Unlike QWERTY, whose design was derived from the limitations of 19th Century typewriter technology, the FrogPad offers a logical key layout and design that encourages correct ergonomic posture. Additionally, given its use of full-size keys, the FrogPad offers users of mobile computing devices an effective alternative to the script-based or mini thumb keyboard platforms currently available. After an average of 8 hours of training and practice, most FrogPad users can achieve input rates of up to 40 words per minute, as compared to the average of 10-20 words per minute by the fastest thumb typists.

FrogPad to Mac and PC Users: Cut Your Cables and Hop Onboard

Measuring just 3" x 5", the FrogPad is the only fully functional and portable keyboard with low profile, full-sized keys for fast, easy and accessible data entry. Created with designers, educators, students, mobile professionals and the physically challenged in mind, the Bluetooth enabled FrogPad gives Mac and PC users a viable alternative to the sub-optimal design of the QWERTY keyboard. For example, designers using CAD (computer-aided design) applications can now keep one hand on a mouse at all times and freely input data via the Bluetooth enabled FrogPad with the other hand. With the incorporation of Bluetooth technology, Mac and PC users are now set free from cumbersome and unsightly wires and cables.

"Mac users have always been on the leading edge of adopting new tools that change the way people interact with technology -- the Bluetooth enabled FrogPad fits that bill," said Linda Marroquin, Founder, President and CEO, FrogPad(TM), Inc. "As FrogPad aims to become the new global standard for data input, combining it with the Bluetooth wireless standard is a natural development for our products and our users. We're honored to unveil our new line of Bluetooth enabled FrogPad's to such an illustrious group of technology consumers."

The space-saving FrogPad offers users mobility and portability in numerous commercial and industrial applications. With a built-in rechargeable battery, the Bluetooth enabled FrogPad can be charged either through a wall adapter plug or through a standard USB port. The Bluetooth enabled FrogPad will be available for purchase in Q2 2004.

Bluetooth and FrogPad: New Standards Set to Take Off in 2004

Since October 2003, FrogPad and Gennum Corporation have been jointly developing Bluetooth products that utilize the GENBlue(TM) Module. Powered by Cambridge Silicon Radio's single chip technology, the module features full Bluetooth functionality and compatibility with Bluetooth enabled devices.

In an effort to assist OEMs interested in developing their own Bluetooth-enabled FrogPad keyboards, FrogPad and Gennum will also unveil plans to collaborate on a single chip solution, which will incorporate FrogPad's unique algorithm with the Bluetooth Human Input Device (HID) profile. The HID profile includes an inventory of devices that inform Bluetooth radio how to communicate with a specific device. By incorporating the HID profile, FrogPad provides OEMs the assurance that their FrogPad products are Bluetooth-enabled out-of-the-box.

"As we look for ways to help unwire people with our Bluetooth solutions, we're very excited by the fast deployment of the GENBlue module on the Bluetooth enabled FrogPad," said Gora Ganguli, vice president and general manager, Gennum Corporation. "Having only worked with FrogPad for a relatively short period of time, we're extremely impressed by how quickly we've moved from partnership agreement to production. Today's announcement is a terrific step for Bluetooth and FrogPad, and we look forward to working with FrogPad to develop new and innovative wireless solutions that enhance the lives of our users."

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