December 18, 2014

Freelance Writers – Your Mobile Office Just Got Way Cooler

virtual keyboard from ThinkGeek

More fun with lasers – image courtesy of ThinkGeek.com

Freelance writers all over the globe have sprung for iPads and iPhones to increase their mobility. An office that’s Location Independent represents the freelance writing way of life. But it gets a bit challenging to type on a small iPad keyboard when you’re sipping a delicious salted mocha latte, while working at the neighborhood Starbucks.

Starbucks salted caramel mocha

Starbucks salted caramel mocha while you work. Image credit to Starbucks [dot] com

So what’s an industrious freelance writer to do when setting up a mobile office by the pool or at the coffee shop?

Enter the Cube Laser Virtual Keyboard for iPad and iPhone from ThinkGeek. This nifty little device is about the size of an old-fashioned matchbox. The device projects a full sized QWERTY keyboard onto any flat surface – yes, even your favorite corner table at the local diner will work, or the granite surface at a posh cocktail bar.

You can take your mobile freelance writing office to a variety of places, then tweet to your friends. They’ll turn green with envy. Conduct your freelance work fabulousness from varied and sundry spots, such as:

work at the swimming pool

Image property of Samantha Gluck (c)2012

  • Swimming pool – bikini clad, donning your shades, sitting under a portico; the portico needs to feature outdoor furniture with a flat surface of some sort
  • Beach – sitting under one of those huge umbrellas, while a hot cabana boy brings you a drink adorned with an umbrella; bring your lapdesk along for keyboard projection ease
Mom and Sarah at Utah house

Image property of Samantha Gluck – (c)2011

  • Ski resort – at family’s Park City va-cay home or the posh coffee and drink bar at the bottom of PayDay mountain
sitka alaska from wunderhouse dot com

Image property of wunderhouse [dot] com

  • Sitka, Alaska – I love the cold climate and think the Cube Laser Virtual Keyboard would really transform my experience when traveling with my family

Or, just write your manifesto from the plain ol’ humdrum of your local hangout for free-spirits – for me, that’s the Hobbit Hole Cafe.

Wherever you choose to “do your thang” away from the comforts of an office, this little virtual keyboard device can make your experience much cooler (in that “groovy man” sort of way) and certainly will draw some attention.

Check out the video of this futuristic device in action then come back and share your thoughts:

It does come with a $170 price tag, but I think it’s well worth it provided the thing works the way the manufacturer claims it does. I’ll test this device in October and review it for you right here on FWD.

Share your Sparkle: So what do you think about this device and its potential to transform the mobile office?

About Samantha Gluck

Not only am I the chief editor of this multi-author online magazine, I'm a content creator and social media marketing strategist with a background in journalism, finance, & healthcare. I began my content marketing agency, All Media Freelance, LLC, in 2010 and lead a well-rounded, talented team of multi-channel content strategists and niche writers. I've developed and managed print and digital content projects for health care, fitness, financial services, mental health, non-profit, and automotive publishers, as well as for biotechnology brands.

Comments

  1. It’s cool! I’m still waiting for ALL laptops to come in funky colors. Don’t get me wrong; it’s nice to order a laptop skin, but it would be nice to include a choice of color when you customize a laptop. The boring black and white is just that — boring!
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    • LOL! Amandah, you are definitely a free spirit just like me. I guess that’s the cool “Blackwell” in both of us. I have to say, though, I prefer to get a skin for my laptop. Reason? Because I’m afraid I’d quickly tire of my funky fuchsia (or other color) and need to order a skin anyway. ;-)

      I can’t wait to try this thing out and deliver my review to you guys. I know the price tag comes a bit high for many of us, but if it really works well, it just may be worth the cost.

  2. Love it! Makes it easier to type fast than using the pad’s touch pad. And it glows in the dark! Love your photos here too. My laptop is a nice blue color. Like the different colors now available. I can’t decide which looks more fun though, the pool or the skiing. Nice!
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    • Thanks for stopping by, Lisa. Always a blessing to see your beautiful smile and your thoughts on our website. Thanks for your kind words about my (totally) amateurish photography. I love the pool, but the skiing at the va-cay home always steals the show for me. It’s so fun, I can’t even describe it! ~XO

  3. I’ve seen something similar to this being developed in Japan. The only difference was that the device was a fully functional computer and projected both a laser keyboard and monitor. Oh, and it looked like a pen you could carry around in your shirt pocket.

    I love technology! By the way, I’m writing this comment on my new MacBook Air. Vive Apple!

    • That sounds cool, Michael! Do you have any pics or a link to their website you could share. We could share it with our readers.

      I love technology as well. All Media Freelance, LLC is an Apple shop all the way and nothing, but Apple products in this household. We’re even thinking about getting Apple TV. I’ve heard it rocks.

  4. Hi Samantha,

    Wow! That is absolutely amazing!

    I’ll have to show it to my husband as he is a big Apple fan.

    Thanks for sharing -

    Have a great day!

    ~Christine
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    • Thanks for stopping by, Christine. Yes, I think it’s pretty amazing as well. I can’t wait to try it out. Your husband sounds like a smart man (but we already knew that because he married you!), since he loved Apple. Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. ~Samantha XO

  5. Really cool stuff Samantha. I love the pics your choose. It took me a moment to find a post here by you, you should think about puting a byline on the homepage. Thanks also for commenting on my first post over at ProBlogger on Playboy and blogging. That thing got heated.

    Hope to see you around my blog occasionally too!
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    • Thanks, Greg. I’m truly honored that you took time to stop by my site (and to hunt down a post with my byline). I really enjoyed your Playboy post. I get it — it really had nothing to do with what the magazine stands for, but everything to do with how they achieve continued success through listening to their audience on a variety of levels. Some people probably found it difficult to get past the whole “nakedness” and “skin mag” image of the publication to even get to your true meaning and that’s why it got heated.

      But heated is good — it’s how I got my first big journalism job — an innocent story about circumcision. That piece caused a digital riot that resulted in my first big story assignment in a print pub and I banked while the haters hated. ;-)

      Regarding adding a byline to the home page…um…if you haven’t figured this out yet…I’m a TechNO. I have no idea how to do that and will need to contact my developer for that.

      Again, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and you can bet I’ll frequent your blog quite often. ~Samantha XO

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