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Touchfire is a true labor of love from two tech product veterans, Steve Isaac and Bradley Melmon.
Steve has been passionate about mobile computing since the late 80s, when he was one of the first employees at a Silicon Valley company called GO that made one of the world’s first tablet computers. He also worked on Microsoft’s first mobile operating system, Windows CE.
Input (handwriting, typing, etc) has always been the biggest challenge for tablet computers, and those early systems were marginal at best. When Steve first got an iPad, he immediately realized that typing on it was better by leaps and bounds than anything that came before. But typing was still the iPad’s weakest area.
Steve became obsessed with finding a way to make typing on the iPad live up to its full potential. In the spring of 2010 he finally came up with the idea that became Touchfire. He built a conceptual prototype of Touchfire, and asked Brad, a mechanical engineer and product designer, to join the project. After more than a year of hard work, Touchfire was born on October 20th, 2011.
Touchfire started out as a Kickstarter project. Kickstarter is a crowd-funding Web site that enables people to help bring promising new products to life. Touchfire ended up raising over $200,000. Here are all the Kickstarter backers that made it happen!
The Touchfire iPad keyboard became generally available in July, 2012.
We then developed a version of the Touchfire keyboard for the iPad mini and Retina mini. That was quite a challenge, since the keyboard on a mini is half the size of the keyboard on a full-size iPad. But we found a way to increase the size of the home row keys, which enabled effective touch typing on a mini! We also learned that the case has a very significant impact on the effectiveness of typing, and that most mini cases were not really designed for that. So, we created our own iPad case for the mini, and for the iPad 2,3,4. We did another Kickstarter for these projects, and they became generally available in February, 2014. In addition to integrating really well with our keyboards, our cases are incredibly versatile. They have over a dozen viewing and typing positions, yet remain sleek and lightweight.
Next, we tackled the iPad Air, with cases and keyboards for the Air becoming generally available in July, 2014.
Our latest product is Touchfire for the iPad Air 2, available in November, 2014, less than a month after Apple released the Air 2.
Thanks for stopping by,
Steve & Brad