Royole has gained some considerable fame at CES this year by beating Samsung at launching a foldable smartphone. The Royole FlexPai can be bent in two, converting it between tablet and phone.
But the company has other tech it was showing off on its stand. There were adorable smart robots and a lot of tech that shows off the bendable screens used in the FlexPai.
But one of the more impressive gadgets was a keyboard that rolls up into a compact tube. Powered by a rechargeable battery the Bluetooth keyboard can be paired with a phone or tablet.
The idea being that you can slip it in a bag and never be far away from a decent typing surface. When you’re done using it the flexible keyboard surface can simply retract into the tube that contains the power pack.
The problem we spotted with the version on display was that it didn’t especially like laying flat on the table as we typed. That meant that it wouldn’t be all that easy to type quickly using it.
However for people who love to sit on the train, or in a coffee shop, and type WhatsApp messages to friends, it’s probably a decent time saver.
Likely to be more of a showcase of what Royole can do, the flexible keyboard was more responsive than we expected it to be. The full-sized keys were fun to use, but long essays would be a chore on the device.
But from a cool perspective, it’s hard for any portable, compact, keyboard to impress more than this one did.
Royole told Mirror Online that the keyboard would go on sale in around four months time and would cost around $100 in the US. No UK street date was mentioned.