It’s not often that I see something that makes me say instantly “I want that!” (last was Logitech’s amazing MX Master mouse) but LG’s latest innovation, the LG Rolly Keyboard, has made me say just that.
The Bluetooth HID device is a full-sized keyboard with comfortable 17 mm key pitch which scrolls up into a small and compact bar that can easily be slipped into a purse or pocket.
Unlike many other Bluetooth keyboards, including Microsoft’s recent foldable one, the Rolly also features two sturdy arms to keep your phone or tablet in place during long typing sessions, and the keyboard can switch easily between two paired devices with a touch of a button. The device neatly addresses the complaint that if you carry a Bluetooth keyboard you might as well have carried a slim laptop, due to the limited space saving.
The Rolly is powered by a single AAA battery and can get up to 3 months on one of those.
“LG Rolly Keyboard is just one of the many premium input devices we’ll be unveiling in the coming months as we expand our accessories offerings,” said Seo Young-jae, vice president in charge of Innovative Personal Devices at LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The goal was to create a product that could add more value to LG smartphones and tablets at the same time offering a unique design proposition that hadn’t been explored before.”
With Windows 10 Mobile now including full support for Bluetooth keyboards and Mice, and coming with a very capable version of Office, not to mention Continuum mode, I think it will be more than LG’s devices which will be benefitting from technology such as this.
The device will be shown off at IFA where pricing will be revealed, and will arrive initially in USA in September and then in “key markets” on Europe, Latin America and Asia in the fourth quarter.
See the video below for the device in action.