Communicating via the written word can often fail to express the nuances of human emotion. For those times, there are emoji; those cute little icons that help us say how we really feel (or what we want to eat, more usually). And now you can actually buy a dedicated hardware emoji keyboard to help in that endeavour.
The concept of an emoji keyboard is nothing new, for sure, but this is the first dedicated, self-contained emoji hardware keyboard we’ve seen that you can actually buy. Created by EmojiWorks, the Bluetooth keyboard allows you to hit an alternative Shift key to enter Emoji mode, and from there you can go mad with sad faces, lightning bolts, or whatever else you like.
The keyboard will work with Mac OS X, iOS, and Windows. Some dedicated software requires installing to have the keyboard work with a device; it does all type in real letters like any normal 'board.
For its part, EmojiWorks is certainly enthusiastic about the impact the device could have on your life. “You’ve been hunting emoji on your screen for years but now they’re right on your keyboard,” it enthuses. “Spend less time playing “find the emoji” and more time being awesome.”
Quite. There are, in fact, three versions of the keyboard: the standard model (above), which features 47 emoji and costs $80 (£52); the Plus, with 94 emoji, at $90 (£59); and the Pro (below), with 120 emoji, at $100 (£65). The keys on the final device looks bewilderingly crowded, but if you need fast access to emoji then we won’t stop you.