NIBIQÜ: a Surface-like keyboard case for your iPad

By , Dec 20, 2012

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Despite lackluster sales, Microsoft’s new Surface has been praised for its innovations. Windows 8 RT certainly doesn’t look like anything else on the market right now, and the tablet’s ultra-slim Touch Cover keyboard is an interesting concept.

In fact, a lot of folks are asking if there is something similar available for the iPad. There are, actually several keyboard covers that are compatible with Apple’s tablet, but none of them come closer to the Touch Cover than the NIBIQÜ…

The NIBIQÜ is a super thin — 3.55mm thin — cover for your iPad made out of TPU, polyurethane and aluminum. And it has a built-in 78-key keyboard with patent-pending dual curvature thermoformed membrane tech for type feedback.

In addition to the keyboard, the NIBIQÜ acts as a stand, allowing you to position your iPad in any inclination between 50 to 90 degrees. It also has built-in magnets, so you can attach the case to your iPad in either portrait or landscape mode.

Communication between the keyboard and your tablet is handled by an L-shaped adapter that plugs into your iPad 2 or 3 (they say they’re almost done with Lightning adapters). The connection is wireless and doesn’t require any batteries.

The NIBIQÜ is ready to start mass production, and the developers are hoping to raise $100k via a Kickstarter project to make it happen. If you’re interested, a pledge of just $89 puts you on the pre-order list for special edition green one.

I’ve gone all in on the iPad mini, so this doesn’t particularly appeal to me. But if I did more tedious work on a larger tablet, I’d be very interested in trying one out. Kudos to these guys for going against the grain here.

What do you think of the NIBIQÜ?

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  • http://twitter.com/Alatoerka Alatoerka

    ugly!

  • http://twitter.com/lavx1 maxim

    i cant understand the guy :P

    • http://www.facebook.com/kooolaj Anuj Mali

      LOL

  • moayd

    awesome

  • http://www.facebook.com/nihasnebas Nihas Nebas

    i really like the idea of charging the iPad

  • Yujin

    Looks ok. Can someone translate into English? This gallego has a very thick accent. :)

  • Guest

    LOL, its impossible to understand what he say at the end, this looks good, but why do they need the iPad docked all the time? Why not using magnets like the original one?

  • David Villamizar

    LOL, its impossible to understand what he say at the end, this looks good, but why do they need the iPad docked all the time? Why not using magnets like the original one?

  • http://twitter.com/tomdotcom_uk Tom

    “Windows 8 RT certainly doesn’t look like anything else on the market right now,”

    There is a reason for that. Windows 8 is a steaming pile of manure.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      it really does suck…. BAD

  • http://www.facebook.com/siggen Sigurd Bøe

    To thick.
    Ive got the old Zagg/Logitech keyboard, and Zagg skinn, and its almost as thick as a laptop, yuck. Id wait til the next itteration, very good idea.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    no thanks

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Outstanding, makes the iPad a Surface RT running iOS.

  • Matthew

    Huh. I wonder why these new products aren’t being made for the lightning connector.

  • John

    the connection is physically through the dock, did you perhaps mean “wired” instead of “wireless” Typically “wireless” means data is transmitted without reliance on a hard physical conection (i.e. through wires). Technically one could argue this is wireless because there are no dangling wires or cables exposed to the purchaser. I’m pretty sure however they’re hidden inside the case. In any case there is a direct physical connection to the dock port (thus the need to adjust for lightening port as well) and that is intended to avoid reliance on wireless bluetooth (which can be tricky).