iKey intros wearable keyboard for SpecOps Systems

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SpecOps Systems designs rugged, wearable computer technology for military use in the field. The WC2 computer system is a powerful desktop computer introduced by the company. Now, iKey outs its highly customized and wearable keyboard to accompany the rugged system.

SpecOps Systems’ working prototype of the KYB-170-OEM is an ultra-compact keyboard with 2.55″ x 2.75″ x 0.22″ (w-h-d) dimensions and several functionalities. The initial prototype was offered as “production ready” in the stipulated time frame, negating the need for engineering changes to the components.

“We saw that iKey had experience with the military and they had a unit similar to what we wanted,” said Caroline Tucker, Executive Vice President of Sales and Business Development for SpecOps Systems. “The thing that impressed us the most about iKey was that we told them what we needed, and quickly had a conference call to discuss the details. Literally, within 24 hours, we had a prototype drawing. It was this focus on the customer that led us to go with iKey rather than any other vendor – we knew we had found a vendor who embraced our requirements.”

The KYB-170-OEM bundles up features such as a 17-key keypad which functions like a mobile phone while texting. It comes with an integrated micro Force Sensing Resistor (FSR) pointing device that can be manufactured with any available color of LED lighting to be used in dark conditions.

The rugged KYB-170-OEM offers resistance to dirt, dust, liquids and other ingress on proper installation. It has been designed to meet MIL-STD-461E requirements and includes a USB cable. Also, various models of WC2 with integrated keyboard are undergoing testing while iKey offers KYB-170-OEM as a standard product.