There’s now a faster way to flip the middle finger or display a steaming pile of poop – along with your other favorite emoji.
EmojiWorks has introduced what is probably the first portable keyboard with built-in emoji shortcuts. Each letter key displays two or three different emoji, which can be inserted into a message by pressing a dedicated emoji key.
Austin, Texas-based EmojiWorks has made the Apple-style keyboard to work with OS X, iOS and Widows 10 (though Windows 10 does not support all of the newest emoji). There are three models available now for pre-order – one for $79.95 that features 47 common emoji, a Plus model for $89.95 that doubles the emoji plus features skin tone modifiers and a Pro keyboard for $99.95 with an additional 120 emoji.
Emoji – the combination of two Japanese words for picture (e) and character (emoji) – have become critical as a way of conveying context and emotion in our digital correspondence, especially in text messaging. A winking smiley face can indicate your are teasing or if your are in agreement with social plans, a simple thumbs up will do.
Recent iOS updates have added exciting new symbols to our growing emoji language. After years of anticipation, we finally have a taco emoji, but the addition of a middle finger has been the most exciting and liberating symbol for people who frequently use emoji.
“You’ve been hunting emoji on your screen for years, but now they’re right on your keyboard,” the EmojiWorks website says. “Spend less time playing ‘find the emoji’ and more time being awesome.”