This Normal-Sized iPad Case Expands Into A Full-Sized Keyboard

Despite what Microsoft wants you to think, keyboard-packing tablet cases aren't a new idea. It's just that typically you have to settle for a cramped set of keys that are only a marginal step up from an on-screen layout. So borrowing an idea from IBM's old butterfly ThinkPad keyboards, Elecom has created a transforming iPad 3 case that doesn't leave touch-typists feeling cramped.

As far as naming goes the TK-FBP048ECBK probably isn't going to stick in your head, but the clever mechanism that allows the keyboard to split in two and fold away into a footprint no bigger than the iPad 3 is worth remembering. A Bluetooth connection means the iPad's dock connector remains available for charging, and the keyboard's USB rechargeable battery should keep it running for weeks at a time.

Combined with a built-in stand it looks like the ideal portable keyboard for people who use their iPads as laptop replacements. But at $US210 it's a pricey alternative to just carrying a separate keyboard.

[Elecom via Damn Geeky]


Comments

    Logitech have this EXACT same keyboard, I have had it since June 2011, and it works with my old iPad 2 and my current iPad 3. Here it is for $65. Keep up.

      http://www.logitechshop.com.au/logitech-fold-up-keyboard-for-ipad-2-free-delivery.html

    "Despite what Microsoft wants you to think, keyboard-packing tablet cases aren’t a new idea." No, they're just the first people doing it right.

    "Despite what Microsoft wants you to think, " what a statement without any evidence!

    I had a Butterfly Thinkpad. It was an AWESOME device.

    (And a useful adjunct to geek cred, too.)

    I do wish Lenovo would bring out a successor.

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