TouchFire is a thin, feather-weight device that puts the "touch" back into typing - it makes your iPad feel like a normal keyboard! Read more
This project was successfully funded on December 13, 2011.
Notable Press Coverage
TouchFire has been getting some in-depth press coverage lately. Here are three articles that go behind the scenes:
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Brad's China Pictures
Brad recently returned from China, where he was qualifying potential TouchFire manufacturers. Here's a few pictures he took on that trip.
Machining an electrode that will be used as part of building a steel mold.
Electric Discharge Machine (EDM). It shapes the steel mold by burning away sections with high voltage.
Setting up inside the EDM machine. The electrode is clamped below the bellows. The steel mold is below it. When the machine is turned on, the electrode will be lowered and then -zap!
Small (~15 ton) compression molding machines. These are used to make small parts, like our cover clips.
Raw silicone being prepared for compression molding. This works like a giant pasta machine.
Big (~250 ton) molding machine. This is the sort of high-capacity system that will make the TouchFire keyboard.
Inside a high-capacity overmolding machine. It contains two molds. After the first part is molded, it is automatically moved into the second mold. The first part will then be incorporated into the second part when it is molded.