Spike Case Brings BlackBerry-Like Keyboard to the iPhone [KICKSTARTER]


Kickstarter has always been a hot bed for new and cool inventions so it isn’t surprising to see new iPhone products seeking funding.

One of the newest projects seeking funding is a accessory that is part case and part keyboard. It’s called The Spike.

The Spike is brought to us from SoloMatrix, a Seattle based company founded in 2009. This is their first product.

According to the Kickstarter page:

“Spike is a combination keyboard and protective case that can be easily and securely installed in a matter of seconds. You can effortlessly rotate the bottom section of the case with the keyboard, to the back or the front of the iPhone, for storing in either typing or full-screen mode.  We’ve also hinged the keyboard, so you’ll always have quick access to the full-screen even when typing.”

The Spike’s keyboard is a full featured keyboard that is on a hinge to enable the user to swing the keyboard to the rear of the case. The keyboard is approximately the same size as the software keyboard on the iPhone so you won’t lose screen real estate. The keyboard looks similar to a standard Blackberry keyboard.

What are your thoughts? Do you think something like this would be enough to convince your friends with a Blackberry to finally switch to the iPhone? Check out the video below:

[Via Kickstarter]


  • So hurting.
    This was a good laugh to start the week however.
    Crackberry addicts your ‘Fix’ awaits.
    Hey speaking BB keyboards does anyone know if Octopus has hit Cydia yet? It’s not under that name or on any repos I have.
    Thanks in advance.

  • Frankie

    iTwinge has been out for a number of years and is very similar.

  • So, expected delivery is in September. Just when the next, redesigned iPhone will be announced? Seems like poor planning. Also, I didn’t realize there are so many people who don’t like the touch screen.

  • So, they are suggesting using a physical keyboard that only works with one keyboard layout?

    They advantage of the screen keyboard is that you can choose various keyboard layouts.

    I get that some people prefer physical keyboards but virtual keyboards have their advantages too.

  • Henning

    Looks a little flimsy. But interesting. Not for me, though. I hate cases of all kinds because of their bulk.

  • Anurag

    @jesse yes ! Octopuc keyboard is in cydia but u need to purchase it ! Search as “octopus Keyboard”

  • Ii can not find it!!!
    Been looking for weeks and even email Jeff B ( dev who made it!) I don’t know what I’m doing wrong help! Is it just on the Cydia repo? Please help a brother out thank you