Keyboard and Skype Phone in One

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but cutting down on clutter has its place too

Keyboard and Skype Phone
Buffalo

There's no word on a U.S. date yet, but this October, in Japan, Buffalo is going to release a new keyboard with a built-in Skype phone. The photo grabbed me at first--and not just because the person holding the handset seems to have an alien-like hand, suggesting that this could be extra-galactic technology.

This phone/keyboard meld does seem like such a logical convergence, and a great way of reducing desktop clutter. But it also looks pretty tiny, and if you're listening to the music, it could get annoying to keep switching between earphones and receiver. A single headset that pipes in tunes and handles your calls still might be the way to go.