January 2010 Ian Chiu
Everyone can appreciate the novelty of two things that really should have been combined, but never have. Quirky, crowd-sourced product design site has a new possible peripheral up submitted for your approval, The Space Bar. It’s a mid sized shelf that functions as a keyboard cover and USB hub. There are 6 USB ports that face forward for easy access while you are at your desk. The Space Bar also sits up just high enough for you to slide your keyboard under as you leave for the day. Keyboards up to 18″ long by 1.5″ high should fit nicely underneath. The Space Bar isn’t not designed to hold a monitor, but should hold smaller things just fine.
Quirky itself allows community members to submit designs to be collaborated upon by other community members. (One of the prominent USB gadget designs is Split Stick.) Once the idea gets enough momentum, the design goes up for pre-sales commitment. The new item will stay on their store as long as interest continues. The Space Bar has about 20% of the necessary buy-in so far and growing. The price is set $42 dollars, and looks well on its way to becoming a reality.