levitatr retractable keyboard
levitatr retractable keyboard
sep 13, 2011

levitatr retractable keyboard

‘levitatr’ retractable bluetooth keyboard, designed by james stumpf

currently in the prototype stage, the ‘levitatr‘ bluetooth keyboard designed by american james stumpf is a flat-surface device that becomes a tactile keyboard at the touch of a button. when ready to be used, backlit keys elevate from the face of the device, and can be lowered back in for easy transport and to protect the keyboard against dust and crumbs entering within. low-profile scissor switches are utilized for key actuation, while five hot keys for basic iPad functions are also built into the device.

measuring 12.5mm thick, the keyboard is composed of an aluminum chassis with upper and lower faces and key caps of injection-molded polycarbonate. the ‘alumnm’ aluminum kickstand is built into ‘levitatr’ to hold mobile devices at a 20 to 30 -degree angle, and latched into the keyboard via magnets when not in use.

‘levitatr’ is powered by 4 AAA batteries, and has been tested on a range of apple devices, the HP touchpad, and samsung galaxy tab. the designer is currently seeking kickstarter funding and taking preorders for production.

demo of ‘levitatr’ as designer james stumpf discusses the project

levitatr retractable keyboard frontal view of the device in use with kickstand

levitatr retractable keyboard ‘levitatr’

levitatr retractable keyboard view of the device with keys retracted and ‘alumnm’ kickstand locked in

levitatr retractable keyboard detail on ‘alumnm’ kickstand

levitatr retractable keyboard front and 3/4 rear views of the device in use

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  • you can already buy slimmer portable keypads which integrate into tablet use. Just an example of a poorly researched product.

    terriblebad says:
  • maybe… maybe next year IPad will become laptop?…

    osiolek says:
  • Its a beautiful design!

    Lola says:
  • now they try to make the senseless ipad into an ordinary laptop which is like the opposite of the primary idea.

    steven says:
  • I get the idea, it´s cool, but… Is it really that necessary? With all the slim keyboards out there, there´s no point in having this levitating keys, and 12,5mm think??? That´s way too much for a keyboard now a days, make slimmer, the max you can, have that elevating keys and it´s awesome.

    Appart from that, I have to agree about the concept, I prefer to have the ipad alone and that´s it, way easier to transport, at home I just use a much more powerfull laptop or desktop, no need for a keyboard to attach to my ipad that already has a virtual keyboard…

    What? says:
  • Oh, and just a detail, about the trailer, it´s nicelly done, but really… Dude… You either shave or get a suit, something that makes you LIKE the rest of the trailer, what´s the point of placing a beautifull woman, hairstyled, make-up, white dress so everything look so clean and futuristic, and then you come with a t-shirt, running clothing, all sporty looking like you didn´t expect to be in a all-produced trailer…?

    It´s called coherence and really… Dude… Really!!!


    What? says:
  • What a waste of time, money and effort producing it. Too complicated and bulky and ugly. Leave the iPad or any tablet alone. They are a stand alone computer meant for easy use and portability.
    The least you can do is recycle this useless thing if it is made from recyclable material.

    Nelson architect says:
  • Anybody seen iPhone 5 yet?
    Check out the virtual keyboard it will blow you away.

    Nelson architect says:
  • Okay apparently none of you work in fields that require that you type a lot… but tablets for all their portability, are NOT at the point of offering equivalent efficiency to a keyboard. Honestly for anyone who has to travel considerably, this concept is a great one. I use a tablet not a laptop because at events it’s more useful but I always have to bring a keyboard when I travel so that when I’m at the hotel or press room I’m not dealing with the sh!te that is virtual keypads. A model like this is great. I agree it’d be nice if it could be a little thinner / lighter, but between the concept and the built-in stand, etc., you can tell this is designed specifically for the people for whom it would be most useful… and that’s what utilitarian design is about.

    Robert H. says:

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