TV host Ryan Seacrest and a venture co-founder have invested over $1 million in producing a keyboard case for the iPhone, the Typo Keyboard
, sources say. The pair are eventually expected to invest over $5 million in their company, since other keyboard products are already in development. Seacrest claims
that inspiration for the iPhone case came from the frustration of friends and peers carrying two phones: an iPhone as their main device, and a second phone for "typing and correspondence."
The initial Typo case took two years of development. It comes in two parts, and provides BlackBerry-style typing as an alternative to iOS' software keyboard. Some other features include backlighting, a battery indicator, currency shortcuts, and its own style of auto-correction. The case is shipping in January, but can be pre-ordered now for $99.
Buyers must have an iPhone 5 or 5s running iOS 6 or later. The case connects to a phone using Bluetooth 3.0, and recharges via a micro USB cable.