For all the appeal of a glossy, touch-screen tablet, typing on its virtual, click-free keys can be dissatisfying. James Stumpf has an answer: the Levitatr keyboard. Sporting keys that recede into the product's body when not in use, the travel-ready Levitatr stands apart from other portable keyboards. "I tried to consider the look of the Apple products it would pair with," Stumpf says. The result is a polycarbonate and aluminum rectangle with an iPad-cradling stand and retractable, LED-backlit keys. Getting the keys to lower so they were exactly flush with the body of the keyboard was no easy feat, Stumpf says, but he constructed each in the shape of a stout T, which allows them to lower just far enough to create a perfectly smooth surface. ($99, store.levitatr.com) 
A version of this article appears in the February 2012 issue of Fast Company.