TREWGrip takes your ordinary keyboard and turns it upside downAt CES 2014 in Las Vegas, CNET's Bridget Carey takes a first look at the TREWGrip keyboard which makes it easier for people to type on-the-go by flipping and splitting your standard keyboard and attaching it to your device.
I'm Bridget Carey with CNET here at CES 2014 with a whole new take on the keyboard. This is called the TREWGrip. And imagine a normal QWERTY keyboard setup but you split it and then you flipped it. So the concept here is that you could be able to just type very easily using the way that your schoolteachers taught you how to type with your fingers on the home row keys, but your muscle memory, instead of being down here, it's kind of to the side, and it's a little odd for me because I don't remember how I typed in school. I have a new way now, so I have to re-teach myself the right way to be able to use this. But when you hit a key, the lights in the other end will light up so you know what you hit. Who would use this? Why would you wanna re-teach yourself another keyboard? Well, they're kind of aiming towards the healthcare industry for this. Imagine a doctor walking around, taking patient notes. They don't have to lose eye contact with you and they could still take notes and not look away to a tablet which is slower that's by [unk], turn away to their office PC. So this is bluetooth enables with all sorts of devices, anything that can take a bluetooth connection, whether it's a Windows phone or an android tablet or an iPhone, it will connect to this with suction and magnets. So there nothing clipping on this; the tablet is not falling out. It's just a suction system on it. You can also use this as a bluetooth keyboard for your home PC, maybe your smart TV because you don't want to have to have different types of keyboards for all sorts of devices in the home. Now, aside from the medical field, maybe a journalist would want this because it's a lot easier to take notes on the go with this than it is to write in my notebook and then go back to my computer and re-type it out, and it's also faster than typing on my tablet. But they really see this is as something for the medical industry, probably coming out the end of the year, and they're selling it for $250. And if you think that, you know, it might be hard for you to get used to this, they say if you learned the right way in school, it might just take you an hour to type the same way that you do right now. For CNET, I'm Bridget Carey here with your first look at the TREWGrip.