Eleksen Group plc, the inventor and manufacturer of ElekTex smart fabric touchpads for consumer electronics, today announced that they have signed G-Tech to offer their innovative wireless fabric keyboard to consumers and to enterprises who have implemented mobile working solutions using smartphone platforms. G-Tech, a part of Goodhope Bags, markets a line of ElekTex enabled consumer products including the keyboard and a range of iPod enabled backpacks.
The G-Tech keyboard is a laptop-sized QWERTY accessory that delivers all the capabilities of the office keyboard to busy executives in an ultra-portable and compact package. It is compatible with most popular devices from BlackBerry, Nokia, Palm and Microsoft.
The keyboard increases productivity for mobile workers by complementing existing smartphone devices, which rely on small thumbpads for data entry. Thumbpads are excellent for quick messaging, but can be awkward for more elaborate tasks and applications. As such, enterprises may not be getting optimal productivity returns on their investment in these devices.
In addition, the keyboard opens up new possibilities for corporate IT departments to roll out further sophisticated applications to their mobile workers and further enhance their productivity.
In a study for Palm's Treo conducted by Frost and Sullivan, median downtime recovered for workers using the Treo smartphone was estimated to be 41 minutes per day, equating to $8,572 per year. In a 1,000-user enterprise the average productivity gains associated with using the Palm Treo amount to over $8 million per year. The Eleksen keyboard aims to stretch these productivity gains even further.
"With the smartphone keyboard, companies can realistically expect productivity to be doubled," said Michael Averbach, co-founder of DynoPlex, a leading developer of wireless document management solutions. "We chose to bundle our document editing solutions with the keyboard, aiming to extend capabilities typically found in the PC environment to the mobile worker."
Designed around Eleksen's ElekTex smart fabric touchpad technology, the keyboard's lightweight and compact design means it fits easily into a pocket or the smallest briefcase for maximum portability. With no mechanical parts and with a wipe-clean finish it's waterproof and extremely durable.
Andrew Newman, Eleksen's Product Manager for the keyboard explains, "Smartphones and mobile applications are a real growth area for enterprises who want their employees out with their customers as much as they can be. The keyboard works for either sophisticated smartphone users or novices because it combines the familiar functionality and layout one expects in a traditional keyboard with a greater degree of portability to ensure it can be used in any location."
Pricing and Availability
The Wireless Smartphone Keyboard is available now from the following retailers: Skymall.com, Cyberguys.com and x-tremegeeks.com. Enterprise customers should contact G-Tech directly. The G-Tech suggested retail price of the unit currently is $159 however, the keyboard is available to for high volume orders directly through G-Tech.