Gizmos and Gadgets: A Solution for Fumble Fingers When Texting from a Smartphone

Smartphones are such versatile tools but my biggest beef with them is the unfriendliness of the form factor when trying to type. I’m amazed that after 52 years of doing typing on QWERTY keyboards that I make so many mistakes when entering a simple email or short text. Before smartphones when I had a Palm Pilot, my calendar and organizer, I invested in a portable keyboard that unfolded to a normal size. But it too was clumsy and meant I had to carry two items rather than one.

So I started looking for a solution that would make my smartphone a better email and texting environment. Enter the Brookstone Virtual Laser Projection Keyboard. It features:

  • key chain projector that is lightweight and powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • laser technology that projects a virtual keyboard on any flat surface
  • advanced optics to track your fingers as you type
  • Bluetooth (R) wireless connectivity


It’s certainly cool to use although a bit pricey at $99.99. But if you are like me and a klutz with small keyboards, this is a nice solution.

Len Rosen lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is a researcher and writer who has a fascination with science and technology. He is married with a daughter who works in radio, and a miniature red poodle who is his daily companion on walks of discovery. More...


  • Niccolo5

    I’m thinking built in voice to text translators is the way all this is heading. The natural language operating system is nearly here.

    • lenrosen4

      I do use voice dictation for test and email messaging on my smartphone. Works quite well on Android. I assume equally well on iPhone technology.