CTX Technologies introduces a keyboard on an keychain

CTX Virtual TechnologiesVitual keyboards are not new, but CTX Technologies has managed to get one down to a size where it can actually fit on a keychain. That may sound hard to believe, but there are a few tricks that make this possible.

The keyboard works via bluetooth and CTX claims two hours of battery life. In addition it features a volume control — yes, it can make a clicking sound as you type. The keyboard, as you may have guessed, is projected onto any flat surface and the company claims that users can type up to 50 words per minute, but it “takes some getting used to”.

In addition, the CTX unveiled a special iPhone version which is a case that house the phone, with a stand on the back, and projects the keyboard down in front of the device.

The keychain keyboard is available now, while the iPhone version will be shipping in the second quarter. Both retail for $99.

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The Lenspen Sidekick

Jeffery Powers and Esbjorn Larsen interviewed Peter Meurrens, VP of Operations for Lenspen, about the Lenspen Sidekick and the Laptop Pro. Do you remember your grandmother using a newspaper to clean a mirror. The reason that worked is because the print on newspapers contains carbon. Carbon absorbs the fingerprint oil .

Lenspen took this concept and created the Lenspen Sidekick. The tip on the Sidekick is made of carbon and when you rub it across the tablet screen it collects the oil from the screen. When you close the unit back up it refills the tip with carbon. There are about 150 cleanings per unit and will last for years when not in use.

He also showed off an improved version of the Lenspen Laptop Pro. This application can clean your entire laptop from the keyboard to the screen. In the center of the application there are two knobs. Slide the one knob forward and the hard brush comes out. You use it to clean the keyboard both on top and underneath the keys, Pull it back and then pull the other knob forward and you have the soft moleskin brush which will remove the dust from the monitor. The cap contains a carbon tip you can use to clean fingerprints from your monitor.

The Sidekick will be available in March at various on-line and local retailers. At this time they are looking at selling the Sidekick plus a supply of cleaning tips for $19.95 The Sidekick only will be available for around $9.95 and blades only for $14.95. The Sidekick uses no chemicals or liquids and because carbon is a natural product and last a long time the Sidekick is very green.  Both Jeffery and Esbjorn really liked this product and thought it was one of the best things they saw at CES 2011.

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