If someone can find success crowdfunding potato salad on Kickstarter, why not something equally unnecessary but even more fun — like an emoji keyboard?
That’s what the folks at Oakland, California-based Disk Cactus, a self-described “art and technology” studio, developed to give us all a simple way to emojify messages.
The product itself is not a keyboard, but an overlay for existing Mac keyboards (standard MacBooks and Apple wireless keyboards).
It turns a pedestrian keyboard into a colorful tool of whimsy, which users can automatically launch by simply pressing the caps-lock key (this transforms into an “emoji” key after Disk Cactus’ software is downloaded). Hitting the key gives users access to five different of sets characters, which offer 150 emoji in total.
Of course, some recipients of your emoji missives will wonder why you’re bringing the mobile shorthand into the world of desktops and laptops; but that momentary confusion will likely be softened by the joy of looking at smiley faces and poop icons.
Disk Cactus’ campaign offers the keyboard overlay and software for $10, which, if you chip in, may help them get to their $20,000 goal (at the time of this writing, its current tally is $4,138 with 26 days to go).
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