iPhone/Bluetooth Keyboard Stand

October, 2010

Frustrated by the fact that my almost ten year old handspring visor and stowaway portable keyboard had better note taking capabilities than my iPhone, I was pleased when Apple finally opened up bluetooth keyboard accessibility on the iPhone.   This build incorporates Plexiglas, Velcro, and some two part epoxy to create a functional iPhone stand for the standard Apple Wireless Keyboard. 

1) Supplies:  Velcro and Plexiglas.   Total: under $6.
2) Determine the dimenstions for the Plexiglas stand.
measure keyboard
3) Be sure to add the circumference of the tubular part of the keyboard.   I went with a total dimension: 7" height x 5 1/4" width.
bend plexiglas
4) Use a heat gun or similar heating element to soften the Plexiglas.  Bend Plexiglas around a solid cylindrical object that is  approximately the same size as the tubular part of the keyboard.
5) Use the phone to set registration marks for width...
6) and height for your phone ledge spacers.
epoxy 7) Use plastic, wood or thicker Plexiglas for the ledge spacers, approx 1/4" x 1/4" x 1".  Adjust according to your registration mark placement, and use two part epoxy to attach the spacers to the stand.
velcro 8) Apply Velcro to cylindrical part of  keyboard and curved part of stand. Try hooks on the keyboard and loops on the stand.  Reverse it if the fit doesn't work well for you.
9) Attach the stand Velcro to the keyboard Velcro. The iPhone can now be aligned between the spacers for portrait orientation...
horizontal stand
10) or atop (or below) the spacers for landscape orientation.  
11) Remove the stand and attach to the back of  the keyboard with Velcro.   This provides a convenient way to carry the keyboard and phone together.

The resulting stand makes it considerably easier to type on your phone in meeting rooms, lecture halls, on your lap, etc. While building this, I realized it might be nice to add a handle to the top of the stand for easier carrying.  This could be done by extending the length of the stand and cutting out an oval to create the handle.   Additional Velcro could be added to attach to the spacers to the back of the keyboard for easier carrying.