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FreedomInput webOS Driver... If Palm Lets Them

by Jason Robitaille Sat, 14 Feb 2009 10:43 pm EST

Freedom Universal Keyboard

I am a huge fan of Freedom Input Ltd., I admit it.  I use their Freedom Universal Keyboard² on a daily basis with my Palm TX to type out all my university class notes.  It works wonderfully and although it may cost a bit more than other bluetooth keyboards, it has dual HID and SPP compatability meaning it'll work with hundreds of bluetooth devices out there; quite literally one keyboard to rule them all.  Recently I had a brief email conversation with Cameron Macsween of Freedom Input and he was kind enough to answer a quick question I had:

Q: If the Palm Mojo SDK has the required bluetooth functionality, will Freedom Input Ltd. be creating webOS drivers for the Freedom Universal Keyboard²?

A: Yes

Having an external keyboard for the Palm webOS would be amazing!  It would help elevate the Pre and future webOS devices above simple flashy smartphones to full-on productivity machines.  The Pre's thumboard is very nice, but an external bluetooth keyboard is much easier for long amounts of writing, plan and simple.

Of course Palm's Mojo SDK will need to allow that kind of bluetooth access.  Please Palm, include bluetooth functionality for 3rd party developers.

Update: ProfJonathan twittered Palm about the bluetooth keyboard being an important accessory. Palm responded:

Got it. The slider keyboard should cover the bases for most folks -- and we expect a range of accessories for other needs.

This certainly implies there could also be Palm-branded bluetooth keyboard in the Pre's future.

Thanks to ProfJonathan for the update!