This projected keyboard lets you type or play piano anywhere

The Serafim Keybo is a projection-based keyboard that works anywhere. You can also use it as several instruments, including a piano.

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The Serafim Keybo in use.

Bluetooth keyboards are a lot more reliable than they were when they first hit the market. With our current wireless technology, their input lag is imperceptible, and you won’t have to worry about additional cable clutter on your desk. However, even the nicest models are limited by their size and portability.

That’s where projection keyboards come into play. These nifty devices use light to cast a usable keyboard on nearly any surface. One particular model, the Serafim Keybo, can even create instruments like a piano, and it’s currently on sale for $85, or 22 percent off.

Seemingly straight out of science fiction, projection keyboards have actually been in development and limited use for years. But they struggle with the same problems you’d find in standard keyboards: unresponsive keys and limited places where you can use them. However, the Serafim Keybo works on any flat surface; all you have to do is connect it to your laptop, tablet or phone and start typing.

Speaking of which, the Keybo works on both Apple and Android mobile devices. All of this is packaged within a compact enclosure that measures just over three inches at its widest. The box also functions as a cellphone stand, so you can do light word processing with your Keybo while on the go.

Although you won’t experience the physical feedback you’d expect from a mechanical keyboard, Serafim still implements a click sound to simulate bottoming out your keys. In fact, the Keybo earned an average rating of nearly four stars on Amazon, with verified customers praising its responsiveness.

The Serafim Keybo also performs double duty as a musical instrument of your choice. With a few clicks, you can go from working on your QWERTY keyboard to playing a piano, guitar, bass or drums. This is made possible via Serafim’s built-in music app, so you won’t have to lug around heavy instruments to your next jam session — you can even practice on public transport as long as you have a stable surface.

With the artisan keyboard scene exploding in popularity, this age-old peripheral isn’t going away anytime soon. But if you’re looking for a peek into the future, or simply a way to type comfortably while traveling, the Serafim Keybo is a worthwhile consideration at just $85.

Prices subject to change.

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