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$240 NFC Keyboard with Non-Rechargeable Battery is Neat, but Not Practical

We love to see new and innovative products reach the market. The above NFC-powered keyboard for smartphones looks great and works well, yet could win awards for being completely ridiculous. For roughly $240, the silicone-made keyboard pairs with a partner app on your phone, then takes no further setting up. Simply place your device on the pad and start hammering away on that email or message. 

The issue, is that the keyboard’s battery is neither rechargeable or replaceable. Once its life span of 18 months (eight hours a day) has come to an end, it’s time for it to hit the garbage can. So, why did they do this? No clue, but it would immediately turn me off from forking over that kind of dough when the pre-installed keyboard works just fine in most cases.

What do you think? Is it awesome or a total waste of money?


Via: Engadget

  • Jerome Rhodes

    that is really awesome and would totally buy it IF it costed less than a tablet. it’s very practical and would save me time like crazy, as i do a lot of writing on my phone, but at that price i might as well buy the nexus 7. And the battery thing is obviously ridiculous. Just no way they thought they could get away with that. great concept though, kicking myself that i didnt think of it

  • sl33p3rc3LL

    affordable… for your standard bruce wayne or scrooge mcduck.

  • Hands0n

    This is completely ridiculous technology that deserves to fail. In the 21st century it is unacceptable that products are designed with such obvious built-in obsolescence, where they will end up in landfill or worse!

    Fail, one thousand times, fail.

  • feztheforeigner

    Is it awesome or a total waste of money?”

    Cool and absolutely…the keys don’t even look like they click down…

  • mustbepbs

    Wait..$240..no recharging..AFFORDABLE?


  • An awesomely waste of money is what it is.

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  • anon

    I have a heap of decomposed dog feces I could sell you, maggots are free.

  • Liderc

    What the hell were they thinking lol.

  • Apostrafee

    Kind of pointless however I really like seeing companies making NFC accessories

  • nightscout13

    Failed attempt at Innovation.

  • Dude with no name

    it’s pretty cool but they definitely should have ditched waterproof for charging port or something. Also, even after that it’s still expensive, but I could DEFINITELY see myself using this to quickly send a long-ish email from my phone on the spot without whipping out a big bluetooth one.

  • WTF. I didn’t think it was possible for a device to make less financial sense than the Nexus Q. I stand corrected.

  • Just because its NFC its $240? Seems like they are gouging customers. NFC stickers are less than $1. Of course this is probably more complex than sticker version, but doesn’t seem like NFC technology is THAT expensive.
    Id buy it for $20 for disposable, $40-60 if i could recharge it.

  • storm35x

    Think of it as a 240.00 dollar condom that lasts 18 months

    • So for everyone on here a 1 use only condom…

      I KID I KID Don’t down vote me 😛

  • streetlightman

    i like how the video long paused on “affordable”

  • VellicateAlgid
  • DickyDarko

    Wow. What good is a water proof keyboard for a non waterproof phone? Affordable?

  • eddy

    sounds like a waste of money.

  • How cool would a touch-screen keyboard like this be?

  • Ralph Basile

    Cool idea, but no I would never buy one.

    • I think I might consider buying one if it was $20 or less.

      • michael arazan

        NFC Keyboard = $240

        Google speak to text = comes free with every android phone.

        with the speak to text software, and applications for it, why do you need a keyboard. I loved my D1 slider keyboard and wore it down till the keys popped off. But then I used the speak to text function and never looked back. Plus when filling out forms, your phone stores and pretypes all the info for you, too. So why need a keyboard anymore?

        • Well this is assuming you need one. If I needed one I would consider buying it for $20 however I don’t need it so you are correct.

  • Mchl496

    Its perfect.. new keyboard for each new phone 😉

  • Or for that price you could buy another Nexus 7 and use it as a keyboard.

  • The disposable aspect of it is pretty ridiculous, but man, that is an impressive battery life.

  • slops

    notice how the keyboard has american lettering and the screen is korean in the top picture?

    • It’s Japanese, not Korean. You can type in Romaji and it will convert to Kana/Kanji

  • Jim McClain

    Its a waste, I have the keyboard for the galaxy tab and never use it,and 240 bucks is a joke

    • CadenH

      I have the keyboard for the Transformer Prime and use it all the time, this is still a waste…

  • I suppose if you had to get a $5 lithium every week for that 18 mo you’d be out $360

    • $5 lithium every week would be insane, too. But after 18 months at least you wouldn’t also be out a device

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  • trixnkix637

    It’s an awesome waste of money & resources that was used to build it. (waits for apple to sue manufacturer for some sort of patent that they had first)

  • Is that a Nexus S in that video? And is it still running Gingerbread? Oh it hurts…

    • mustbepbs

      Huh? Not even close. It’s the Galaxy Nexus running ICS. How could you confuse the two?

      • In the video, not the picture. Watch the video.

        • mustbepbs

          Oh yeah. You’re right.

  • Jim McClain

    A waste,I have the keyboard for the galaxy tab and
    never use it,

    • nightscout13

      The big bulky one? Or one of the portable options….

      • Jim McClain

        Its the white one the tab sits in,around 70bucks retail I think ,got 3 of them given to me

        • nightscout13

          Ya i had that one, i liked it for home use, the shortcuts were convenient, but it was too heavy to take with you…..

  • If you’re rich then of course it’s awesome.

  • JetBlue

    Looks cool at first glance but with a 240 dollar price tag that’s more expensive then Asus’ dock keyboards for their tablets.

  • Tommy Thompson

    I like the video states is “affordable”. When has a $240 non-rechargeable keyboard ever been considered affordable!?

  • That’s AWESOME! But… a bit pricey.

  • John Zander

    Good idea, but with terrible execution.

  • Hmm $10 Bluetooth keyboard or $240 NFC Keyboard?

    • Tough choices man

    • picaso86

      I don’t know how to spend my money now… /s

  • antwonw

    How hard is it to replace it with a Lithium-ion battery? Waste of money!

  • Kyle Miller

    That is a very expensive piece of garbabge!

  • Wyngo Masala

    At first glance, it seems not only ridiculous but environmentally irresponsible. I wonder if the materials used aren’t meant to last for an extended period of use, so you’d have to throw it out even if the battery was rechargeable. If that’s the case, why does it cost so much?

  • Andrew Wegand

    umm all my devices come with a keyboard for free!!