LG unveils unusual roll-up keyboard accessory ahead of IFA

Next week’s IFA expo in Berlin doesn’t just mean the debut of plenty of new phones, tablets, and wearables, but also a hell of a lot of accessories designed to go with all these products. And while we’ll have to wait until then before we get to see everything that’s arriving, today LG’s offering a little preview of at least one of its new gadgets for IFA, sharing news of its unusual solid rollable wireless portable keyboard.

You may be familiar with flexible roll-up keyboards, as well as solid keyboards that fold for portability, but LG’s Rolly Keyboard design is unlike any we’ve seen before. It takes a standard keyboard layout and splits it down each row of keys, allowing the whole thing to roll up for portability into a narrow column. While that may make it slightly more unwieldy than keyboards that aren’t quite so long when stowed, the design manages to add stability and claims to offer superior tactile feedback to other models.

A pair of fold-out arms allow the Rolly Keyboard to also act as a stand for smartphones and tablets, and the unit gets its power from a single AAA battery, granting it about three months of juice. There’s no info available on pricing just yet, but with sales set to begin in the US sometime next month, we’ll have those details soon.

Source: LG

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