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Jorno Kickstarter project aims to put a folding Bluetooth keyboard in your pocket


Back in the days of Palm, I recall being thrilled about some of the folding keyboards that were developed for the iconic PDA. They connected to the Palm device via a mechanical connector and made it easy to type text into Palm applications. Now a California company, Jorno, is seeking funding for a pocket-sized folding Bluetooth keyboard to work with your iPhone, iPad or Android device.

The project currently has reached almost 58 percent of its required funding with 15 days to go, and the company has provided some incentives to reach the necessary US$100,000 goal by October 17, 2012. Backers who pledge $99 or more to the project get special color options -- cobalt blue, fire engine red or lime green -- and anyone who pledges $79 at the "Preview" reward level gets one of the regular Jorno keyboards in black or white at $40 off the retail price of $119.

When folded up, the Jorno is a little 3.5 x 3.5 x 1.2-inch box. Unfold it, and you have an 8.5-inch wide keyboard that's 3.5 inches deep and only 0.3 inches thick. The Jorno works for about a month on a single charge of its rechargeable lithium ion battery.

For those of you who occasionally want to use a Bluetooth keyboard with an iPad, but don't want the extra bulk of an keyboard case, the Jorno looks like just the answer. Check out the video below for details.

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