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I recently purchased the Logitech iPad 2 Bluetooth keyboard which was part of the 1Saleaday deal.  It showed up on Friday and I anxiously opened the package and plugged it in while I took care of a few other things. Later when I had a moment to play with my new toy I was immediately disappointed as the full second row of keys (QWERTYUIOP[]\) weren’t working.

From there I immediately did what anyone would do…searched to see who’d already solved the problem. Two main things popped up…Bluetooth paring issues or Keyboard ribbon connection. I quickly rechecked the Bluetooth pairing by “Forgetting” the keyboard from the iPads Bluetooth configuration and went through “Pairing” it once again. No improvement.

From there since I’d spent $25 dollars on this refurbished item I considered the option to return/refund not worth the time compared to potentially fixing it by removing the keyboard from it’s aluminum shell. So that is what I commenced doing. I carefully peeled the pads (that protect the iPad edges) from the edge around the keyboard. This then provided access to be able to gently pry the keyboard out of the aluminum shell. It was stuck in there fairly well and took a knife to cut and separate the sticky tape that was used to adhere the two components.

What you find under the keyboard is a small component board with the switch components, the Bluetooth radio and the keyboard ribbon connection. I carefully peeled the tape that was covering this component board up and inspected the board. Then I removed the 2 screws that were holding it in place. From there I carefully pushed the plastic connector for the ribbon holder so it would release the ribbon. I carefully reseated it toward one end of the connector (think left justified).

This actually made the performance worse. But I was on to something. From there I disconnected the ribbon again and this time aligned it to the other end (right justified). I started testing the keys…and presto! Everything is working and this post is the simple test to ensure it is meeting the expectations. I must say the response time is very good and the ability to type faster than the onscreen keyboard is awesome. Now I can use the iPad the way I usually to and if I want a bit more flexibility to create content I have the keyboard to assist.

Very pleased especially for $25 (compared to the $99 MSRP).

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Heads up! X PRIZE Foundation CEO Peter H. Diamandis will be interviewed on John Stossel’s special, “No, They Can’t,” tonight Friday April 6, 2012 at 10 p.m. EDT / 7 p.m. PDT on Fox News Channel.  Peter will be discussing how incentivized competition has led to major technological breakthroughs in the past decade, all without taking any taxpayer funds.

Then if you enjoy this or maybe miss it I recommend getting in on next week’s Abundance webcast:

A webcast, live from Singularity University at the NASA campus in Mountain View, California, on April 11, 2 - 3 PM Pacific Standard Time (5 - 6 PM Eastern Standard Time).

Get answers to your questions during this live webcast and find out for yourself why and how a future of abundance is within your reach:

  • How could the world be getting better when TV news has been telling you otherwise?
  • Where is the hard proof for this hope and optimism?
  • What are the next billion dollar startups that you can build to create a future of abundance for yourself and the world?
  • What are the latest breakthroughs in technology, innovation and worldwide trends that you do not know about? That you can take advantage of?
  • And more questions from you!

To participate:pre-register and log-in at www.SingularityU.org/WhichWayNext
To submit questions: In advance via Twitter (#whichwaynext) or during the live webcast.

Let me know what you think of the events!

In what is possibly ’s first counter blow to the Siri capability that Apple released with the iPhone 4S, Project Glass and it’s augmented reality ability has significant promise. Obviously still in its first release iteration we’ve seen significant movement with augmented reality solely due to smart device commoditization.  

What I like:

  • The camera is always on.  This will ultimately lead to the equivalent of full life recording. I wish I could watch, fast forward or rewind through significant parts of significant world events or great leaders and family members lives.
  • Incorporation of things that still require a hand or tactile human interface device.
  • Continued fusion of human ability, information technology, and processor and cloud capabilities.
  • Opportunity to build upon current physical and information data ecosystems (=employment and jobs)
  • Improved personal safety; reduces the head down smart device walking syndrome that is spreading faster than H1N1.

Where I saw risk:

  • Predetermined route - Smart devices are starting to tell more than most people understand.  If I know you’re using ’s Glasses then there is a high probability that you’ll use their directions which I can then immediately target the most likely intercept point (obviously assuming I haven’t already compromised your glasses).  This is often dismissed as there are plenty of other methods due to geographic restriction of the number of possible routes.
  • Some lawyer will probably want to put a warning or user agreement on the simple human enjoyment like petting a dog while saying hello.
  • We still need to figure out a very conscious method to enabling the personal location broadcast capability.  Most individuals don’t continually assess their personal risk based on their progression through life.  This may come down to a training piece to the masses but I’m sure someone will blame or Facebook for getting mugged or kidnapped.
  • Not solely this technology but with “Check Ins” remember I can analyze your trends and do an exceptionally good job targeting you with 1, 15, or even 30 years of historical data.
  • The camera is always on.  This will ultimately lead to the equivalent of full life recording.  Where did the privacy line just shift in an entire “life” perspective?  Could this lead to analysis like in the movies Deja Vu or Minority Report?
  • With more and more video conferencing I’m going to need to get a lot more beauty sleep!

What did you “see” within the video and your life?

Update (25MAY12) - Check out the images and quick video of Project Glass in testing.

[via ’s Project Glass]

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