British smart fabric firm Eleksen are an interesting company (and not just because they gave us a free bag with built in iPod controls for visiting their stand at CES in Las Vegas, one of the better freebies at the show). Eagle-eyed readers may remember they produced the controls for the O’Neill solar bag which we featured on sister site Hippy Shopper recently. Now they’ve come up with a foldable Bluetooth QWERTY keyboard which you can use with your smart phone/PDA.
Weighing just 2.4oz, the ElekTex fabric keyboard is light enough and compact enough to fit inside your pocket though you do have to bash the keys in order to get the text up on your mobile phone. Costing $149 (UK prices to be decided) the fabric keyboard is compatible with all smart phone operating systems including Symbian and Windows Mobile. Also shown at CES was a $60 G-Tech smart bag from Good Hope which featured iPod controls built into the fabric and an iPod jacket from Kyono – more details to follow.