Thursday, January 12, 2012

How to convert your Magic Trackpad to a Magic Numpad

(Credit: Photo by Jason Cipriani)

LAS VEGAS--Apple's wireless keyboard lacks a full-fledged number pad, and while most users can do without, for some a number pad is a must.

Instead of adding another accessory to your desk, taking up more valuable desk space. Mobee has came up with a way to convert the Magic Trackpad into a Magic Numpad.

We were able to get our hands on the Magic Numpad here at CES 2012, and while we couldn't see a full demo due to Bluetooth interference in the hall, so we've included a video from Mobee below of the Magic Numpad in action at the bottom of the post. 

To turn your trackpad into a numpad, you will need to purchase the layover films. You can find the Magic Numpad kit at Amazon or in Apple stores, and it should run you around $29.

Inside the box will be a serial number that allows you to download the OS X app from the Mobee site. Once the app is installed, you can pick the layover layout you will be applying to the trackpad.

(Credit: Screenshot by Jason Cipriani)
You can pick a simple number layout, leaving half of the trackpad to behave like, well, a trackpad.

(Credit: Screenshot by Jason Cipriani)
There's also a layover that provides the normal full-size keyboard layout, complete with arrow keys.

(Credit: Screenshot by Jason Cipriani)

Last, there's a layover that provides the full-size keyboard layout, minus the arrow keys. Instead, using the Mobee app you are able to create app shortcut keys. Want to launch Mail or perhaps iTunes with the tap of a button? Create a shortcut for the Magic Numpad, name the blank space with a marker and you're all set.

Switching back and forth from numpad and trackpad functionality is as simple as tapping on the toggle switch located in the top right corner. The layovers are reusable and can be changed out in a matter of minutes.


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