Brydge iPad keyboard gets a reboot

Summary:Generally I'm not a huge fan of iPad keyboards but I'm secretly carrying a torch for the Brydge Kickstarter project -- which just got a reboot.

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There has to be dozens (hundreds?) of iPad keyboard accessories on the market and I'm not a fan of any of them. Mostly because I don't find iOS particularly well-suited for long-form typing because it lacks multiple windows and a mouse. 

Call me old school, but I usually unpair any iPad keyboard after about a day or so and never use it again.

But I have to admit that I'm secretly rooting for Brydge (which I covered back in April) -- not because it solves any of the above-mentioned issues, but because it looks so damn cool. (It might also be because it looks like a MacBook Air, but I digress...)

Brydge crushed its $90,000 funding goal (netting almost $800,000) on Kickstarter and has promised an October delivery barring any "major delays."

On Monday the developers announced that they've completely reworked the hinge to be more compatible with future iPad models. The new hinges (below) are fabricated from anodized aluminum (as opposed to plastic, above) and include silicon shim inserts that are much cleaner looking the plastic v1's.

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The new hinge future-proofs Brydge's design. For example, if you upgrade from an iPad 2 to an iPad 3 you can simply replace the silicon shims in the hinges. Brydge will ship with shims for the iPad 2 and 3 and new shims will be available for future versions of the iPad, provided the design doesn't differ too drastically.

What are your thoughts on the new Brydge design? What about iPad keyboards in general? Can they replace a notebook computer in your setup?

Topics: Apple, iPad, Reviews

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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