iBIZ Technology Launches 1st Standalone
Virtual Laser Keyboard for PDAs
Thursday January 8, 10:00 am ET
Innovative Virtual Keyboard Reduces Hardware Needed
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/
-- iBIZ Technology Corp. (OTC
Bulletin Board: IBZT - News), a leading manufacturer and distributor of
accessories for personal digital assistants (PDA) and hand-held devices,
announced today at the 2004 International Consumer Electronics Show, in the
Silver Exhibits, booth # 70646, that its Virtual Laser Keyboard is now
shipping. The innovative device attaches to PDAs and projects the image of a
full-size keyboard onto the surface of the desk where the PDA is placed,
making it easy to input text without a physical keyboard.
"The Virtual Laser Keyboard leverages the power of laser and infrared
technology and projects a full-size keyboard onto any flat surface," said
Ken Schilling, President and Chief Executive Officer of iBIZ Technology
Corp. "As you type on that projection; it realizes what you're typing by the
coordinates of that location."
Unlike many small snap-on keyboards for
PDAs, the Virtual Laser Keyboard
provides a full-size QWERTY keyboard. It is also smaller and more convenient
to use than the folding-type keyboards made by some manufacturers and
similar to them in functionality.
"There are no mechanical moving
parts whatsoever in the Virtual Laser
Keyboard," said Ken Schilling. "It provides a projected image that is the
perfect portable input device for PDAs. It's similar in responsiveness to
regular keyboards, but extremely futuristic looking."
The Virtual Laser Keyboard requires no
special training. The keyboard
employs a USB/serial cable connection to communicate with the PDA or PC.
Future models will incorporate Bluetooth and/or IR Wireless Connections to a
variety of devices. The light weight device weighs two ounces and is similar
in size to a disposable cigarette lighter. The Virtual Laser Keyboard
includes a self-contained, rechargeable lithium ion battery. It provides the
Virtual Laser Keyboard with its own internal power supply, so it doesn't
drain any battery power from the PDA or PC. The battery lasts three to four
hours, more than enough time to do some instant messaging and SMS messaging
from the handheld device or to update calendar and phone book entries.
The Virtual Laser Keyboard is ideal for
well-lit offices. It's also an
excellent choice for any workplace that has clean rooms and medical
facilities, and any industry that requires a dirt-free environment. In the
education industry keyboards are the highest single point of failure due to
the constant abuse they receive on a daily basis. The classroom keyboard
also harbors an incredible amount of debris and germs. Our Virtual Keyboard
will eliminate not only the cost of maintaining mechanical keyboards in
volatile locations, but will help to maintain a healthy environment as well.
The Virtual Laser Keyboard is compatible
with Palm, Pocket PCs, laptops and
desktop PCs. An upcoming version for cell phones will be available in 4th
quarter 2004. The Virtual Laser Keyboard will be available for $99.99 from
major retailers, e-commerce sites, and iBIZ Technology's own e-commerce
2238 W. Lone Cactus Dr.
Phoenix, AZ 85027