The Phantom Lapboard

Phantom LapboardInfinium Labs is working hard to produce a product. It’s not the fabled Phantom game system either. It’s the best accessory to come out of the design and development process. The lapboard. Of course I’m a bit partial about this product since I helped design it. The whole time I was there working on the system it was the lapboard that excited me the most. I kept telling them to get it to market. I hope that it will become a reality.

What makes it so great? It’s a keyboard designed for use while sitting on your couch or chair in front of your TV. It’s configured for playing games with the keys you use most having higher prominence. I used a computer in front of a TV for a while. I had my Mac Mini hooked up and used a standard Apple wireless keyboard and mouse. Combined with a remote it was mostly usable. The big problem is that there isn’t anyplace to use my mouse.

The lapboard solves this problem by opening up and giving you a mousing surface under the keyboard.

Now the only problem with computing in the living is making an OS UI for the TV. Standard UIs are not TV friendly. However with new products like Front Row or Microsoft’s Media Center they are begining to tackle these issues. I think the Phantom lapboard would make the best Xbox 360 accessory.

The lapboard in the picture is an early prototype. A lot of design improvements and changes have happened since then. I couldn’t find any official pictures of the new design at this time.

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4 Responses to “The Phantom Lapboard”

  1. CraigD says:

    Your wish and desire may be granted!
    See here @ http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060830/phw023.html?.v=70

    Press Release Source: Phantom Entertainment, Inc.

    Phantom(R) Entertainment Operations Update
    Wednesday August 30, 11:13 am ET
    GC 2006 With Record Attendance of 183,000 Visitors and More Than 2,600 Journalists Staged Global Sales and Marketing Event for Phantom(R) Lapboard

    SEATTLE, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Phantom Entertainment, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: PHEI – News) today provided an operations update.
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    The Phantom Lapboard was viewed by thousands of consumers, retailers, distributors and consumer electronic followers at the recent Game Conference (GC 2006) in Leipzig, Germany.

    “The Game Conference was a highly successful event for the Phantom Lapboard,” noted Greg Koler, President and CEO of Phantom Entertainment. “We received overwhelming positive response to the Lapboard with all of our dealers and distributors. Moreover, we managed to do business firsthand with the main decision-makers in distribution, business and individual sales channels. We made great headway by being at this event.

    “We were delighted that both consumers and industry media focused a great deal of interest in the Phantom Lapboard and that so many took the time to try our lapboard,” Koler said.

    GC 2006 closed with a record total attendance of 183,000 visitors and more than 2,600 journalists from 38 countries, serving as a global sales and marketing event for the Phantom Lapboard.

    The Company is continuing to work closely with its contract manufacturer, Itron Technology Inc., to meet manufacturing production schedules for shipping Phantom Lapboards to consumers in November.

    The Company successfully launched its new website and online stores as scheduled on August 15th and is taking orders for the Phantom Lapboard.

    The Company is nearing an agreement with a software development firm to move forward with further development of The Phantom Game Service. The Company intends to modify the Phantom Game Service software to run as client software on personal computers operating Windows XP and Windows XP Media center operating systems.

    The Phantom Lapboard is a combination wireless keyboard, laser mouse and hard surface that enables users to work or play games from any comfortable setting.

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  3. CraigD says:

    The Lapboard is now available @ http://www.store.phantom.net/

  4. CraigD says:

    http://www.store.phantom.net/ The Lapboard is available

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