Spike is a protective case for the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4 with the added advantage of having a built in, physical, QWERTY keyboard. The Spike keyboard – cum – protective case is made by a company called SoloMatrix and it is currently on Kickstarter to raise funds to go into production.
The Spike keyboard case is basically a case with a tactile keyboard attached which can be used to replace the iPhone on-screen keyboard. Spike comes in two variants. There is the Spike 1 and the premium model Spike 2.
With the Spike 1, the keyboard can simply be pulled down, rotated and fixed to the back of the device when not required. There is also a hinge provided which will help in taking a quick look at the full screen.
The Spike 2 is the premium model, thus is made of better, higher grade material and the keyboard is attached to the case via a 360 degree hinge. This makes it possible to rotate the keyboard to the back of the iPhone for non-typing jobs and bring it to the front to start typing those long emails.
There is also a limited edition, Spike 3 model which will have an all aluminum casing.
The creators say that Spike uses “Disruptive Technology”, a unique solution, developed in house, to communicate with the iPhone. In its simplest form, each key makes contact with the iOS on- screen keyboard pressed. The best part of this technology is that it allows the keyboard to work without any energy source and communicates with the iPhone without the use of Bluetooth or the 30-pin connector.
Coming to the price, the Spike is a kickstarter backed project. This means that you need to pledge if you want to see the Spike become a reality. The goal that has been set is $75,000 which has to be reached by August 11. The Spike 1 starts at $25 while the premium, Spike 2 starts at $50.
BlackBerry fans, do not miss this opportunity if you want to see your dream come true.