Brydge Adds Full-Sized Keyboard and Speakers to the iPad

A new Kickstarter project called Brydge aims to transform iPad into a laptop.

The iPad accessory boasts a variety of features that augment the potential of the iPad and make it look and function astonishingly similar to Apple’s line of MacBooks, offering a full-sized keyboard, a stand, stereo speakers and more, Brydge comes in a size comparably smaller than Apple’s MacBook Air.

Your iPad will be housed using what is supposedly a patent-pending hinge, which allows nearly 180-degrees of adjustable viewing. Similar to positioning the angle of the screen on a laptop, the Brydge allows you to swivel your iPad to suit the desired angle; whether you’re watching a movie or are simply typing something, it’s extremely easy to prop your device up without the use of your hands. A full-sized QWERTY keyboard protrudes perpendicularly from the housing area.

Constructed from machined aluminum, the external portion of the Brydge attains the common simplicity Apple manages to pour into every one of its products. Unfortunately, the iPad itself will be exposed to harmful culprits; dropping the Brydge leaves your iPad at risk.

Another one of the Brydge’s prominent features are the built-in stereo speaker that will project audio when your iPad is connected to the accessory. According to the Brydge’s promotional video that is embedded below, the creators claim that the integrated stereo speakers are “a huge improvement over the limited iPad speaker”.

The Kickstarter campaign for the Brydge comes right on the heels of Apple CEO Tim Cook’s dismissal of an iPad-MacBook combination. If you’re seeking out improved functionality for the best tablet on the market without having to upgrade to the entry-level MacBook Air, which retails for $999, you should be satisfied by the Brydge. Pledging $170 on Kickstarter will secure you a unit lacking speakers; upping the ante to $210 will get a full-fledged Brydge with all of the aforementioned features.

The image pictured above shows an iPad 2 evident by the background on the device. It isn’t mentioned whether or not the new iPad is compatible, but the slight dimension difference shouldn’t make much of a difference.

The iPad accessory has already generated a lot of interest, as the project on Kickstarter has received backing for more than $170,000 from 800+ backers at the time of writing this post – a lot more than the $90,000 Brad Leong was looking for, to help make his dream of bringing Brydge to the market come true.

Below are the product’s promotional video and also a shake test demonstrating the hinge’s strength.

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