CruxCase has just anounced a new Kickstarter campaign for the new CruxSKUNK, a versatile rotating protective keyboard case for the iPad 2 and the New iPad, transforming it into a compact and powerful laptop.
It's not foldable, but it will fit in your pocket. This ultrathin, stainless steel, sleek Bluetooth 3.0 keyboard measures only 82mm x 206mm x 5.8mm or 8 x 2 3/4 x 3/16 inches. It comes in your choice of black or white keys. Unfortunately, it only supports IOS devices.
After a two hour charge, it will perform for up to a month, and the keyboard works up to 30 feet away from the device to which it's linked.
The Verbatim Ultra-Slim keyboard really is slim. It measures just over 1/8" think by 8 3/4 x 4/3/4 and weighs about as much as a hummingbird beak. So, it's compact and easy to carry on the road, yet it's a full-size Qwerty board with lots of special key features. It makes the perfect stock stuffer for the dedicated road warrior or for at home/office use to increase productivity.
As much as I love my iPad and iPhone, I missed being able to simply write on my iDevice and have it magically turned into typed text. With the rollout of Siri, we will can now just talk to our iPhone and have it type text....something I might add was temporarily available back in 1997 on my Newton. Yes that's right, Dragon Software, the brains behind Siri, made voice recognition software for Newton, but was quickly squashed by Apple, for some reason. But I digress....
The gold standard for a Bluetooth keyboard for an iPad is probably Apple's wireless keyboard. But gold can be heavy and expensive, and the Apple keyboard is pricey at $69. A competing keyboard needs to be smaller or lighter, or cheaper or have more features like specialized keys. With that in mind, I tried out some alternative Bluetooth keyboards.
When historians look back on the state of computing, they will point to Apple's 2011 Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) as the date when Steve Jobs ushered in the "PC Free" world of computing. At least that's what Apple hopes WWDC 2011 will be remembered for. I was there, and I can report that the "PC Free" experience is just one of many new iOS features worthy of an article. I will try to condense some of the best of the 200 or so iOS enhancements into bite-size morsels in one article!
Thanks to Waterfield Designs for sending on over the Keyboard Travel Express for review. The Keyboard Travel Express is an accessory bag to carry your Apple Keyboard, cables, mouse, pad, etc. These bags are designed and made here in the USA, in San Francisco to be exact. This was perfect timing when the bag arrived because I was heading on vacation.
The bag is made of ballistic nylon. It's black and has a stripe of color on one end. The stripe color of mine is Copper.
If you use your Apple Wireless keyboard with your device, this accessory may be of interest to you. The Incase Origami Workstation is a combination case and stand. This case was “Inspired by the Japanese art of paper-folding” and “provides complete protection for your Apple Wireless Keyboard.”
The case itself is pretty light and does not really add any bulk. The material reminds of me of the Official Apple iPad (1) Case, but not as soft. It also gets dirty but cleans off pretty easy.