If you’re an iPad user, the chances are you want to keep it looking in tip-top condition. It’s also entirely possible that you’ve chosen a lovely case to help in the preservation of your iPad, like one of Apple’s own Smart Covers.

The problem with most iPad cases is the sheer size. After all, why spend the cash on arguably the nicest looking tablet out there to have it hidden away in a giant case?

Things get worse if you want to have the added functionality of a bluetooth keyboard built right into your iPad’s case. Adding hardware undoubtedly adds size, but as one new startup is showing , that doesn’t always have to be the case…

Hatch & Co’s SKINNY is made out of faux leather, and sports its own built-in keyboard. Not just any keyboard, though. This bad boy sports a touch-sensitive keyboard, helping to shave off those extra millimeters.

“Start-up company Hatch & Co., is presenting their first product today with the, ”SKINNY”: a stylish faux leather iPad 2 case that also integrates the world’s slimmest and lightest wireless keyboard. Unlike other iPad keyboards that use thick chiclet keys, the SKINNY wireless keyboard breaks the mold with its unique use of touch technology. This enables the SKINNY keyboard to be ultra thin, measuring only 0.07 inches. Plus, this makes the SKINNY keyboard spill-proof.”

So just how thin is the SKINNY iPad keyboard case? Well, thickness-wise we’re looking at just 0.7″ thin, and the whole thing weighs 10.4 ounces.

An added advantage to that touch-based keyboard is an unexpected one – the SKINNY is spill-proof, though you might not want to be throwing liquid at anything that’s housing your $500-plus iPad, but you get the idea!

If the SKINNY case sounds like the iPad case for you, it’s available to buy now for $109.99 from Amazon.

[GearDiary]