Siemens to sell virtual keyboard in Europe

Tired of thumbing in text messages on your mobile phone, or struggling with the stylus on your PDA (personal digital assistant)? Siemens AG and VKB Inc. say they have the solution: a virtual keyboard.

A small device, developed in Israel by Delaware-based VKB, can project a nearly full-sized keyboard onto any flat surface and uses an infrared system to sense what the user is typing, Siemens of Munich said in a statement Monday.

"This is very useful for people who travel a lot and use a PDA or a mobile phone on the road. For typing in a long text while on a plane or train, for example," said Monika Winkler, spokeswoman for Siemens Procurement and Logistics Services, the Siemens unit that will distribute the virtual keyboard.

Siemens first demonstrated the virtual keyboard at the CeBIT tradeshow in Hannover, Germany, earlier this year. It will be the first distributor of the virtual keyboard in the world and is looking at building the technology into its mobile phones and handheld computers, Winkler said.

Manufacturing of the virtual keyboard projector will be handled by a VKB partner in Asia, under close supervision from Siemens, which is considering branding the device, Winkler said. The street price of a virtual keyboard should be between €90 (US$83) and €150, she said.

First deliveries to retailers in Germany and the rest of Europe are planned for the second half of the year. If there is worldwide interest, then Siemens could sell the product to retailers worldwide, Winkler said.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Joris Evers

PC World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?