For BlackBerry users, taking a leap of faith and ditching a QWERTY keyboard for a touchscreen phone can be daunting.

To solve this, a company backed by US TV presenter Ryan Seacrest has attempted to bridge the gap by creating a physical keyboard that slides onto touchscreen phones – although it comes at a price.

The Typo Keyboard costs $99 (£60) and is due to launch in January for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S handsets. Other smartphones and tablet versions will then follow later next year.

Seacrest is said to have invested $1million in the phone keyboard, and he is shown as a co-founder on the Type Products company website.

Although the keyboard slides onto the bottom of the phone, it actually connects to the software via Bluetooth.

When a user wants to write a message, email or Facebook post, for example, they can type on the physical keyboard and the key strokes will be sent wirelessly to the phone in real-time.

The case adds a quarter of an inch thickness to the Apple handset, and around an inch to the length.

According to the Typo Products site: ‘When we set out to design the Typo Keyboard, our goal was simple: create a keyboard and case that would add the absolute minimum additional length and thickness to the iPhone, while still providing protection to the phone and a butter-smooth, tactile typing experience.’

The gadget is set to launch at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.

The company added: ‘For several years, many of our friends carried two phones: one for typing and correspondence and an iPhone for virtually everything else.

‘One night, we were out to dinner and both had our phones on the table.. see more

source: Dailymail UK