Trubador is a hands-free iPad case with shoulder strap for musicians & others who benefit from using an iPad with both hands on the go!
What is Trubador?
Trubador is an iPad case for musicians and others that want to use their iPad with both hands while on the move. Trubador can be worn using a shoulder strap. Worn this way, the screen faces away from the user, so two rigid columns can prop the iPad back toward the user. Really, it makes the most sense when you just see it in action. Watch our project video or this coverage from NBC News to see what we're talking about!
Who should use it?
Trubador is the perfect solution for musicians that want to use great apps like Garageband, Touchband, Soundprism and others in a live jam session or concert setting. Trubador is also useful for professionals that want to keep both hands free while working with their iPad, such as reporters, salespeople, convention workers and others.
What else can it do?
Trubador also functions as a handy kickstand when placed on a table. When stationary, Trubador allows for two levels of inclination, one perfect for active use and the other for watching video content. Even better, Trubador allows for great portability while keeping the enclosed iPad safe and sound. When closed up, users can sling it over the shoulder while showing off an iconic, satchel-style design to onlookers.
Can I use it with my iPad model?
Trubador was designed to be compatible with both the iPad and iPad 2, allowing owners of any iPad model to benefit from Trubador's unique design.
Our prototype serves to prove the remarkable concept at Trubador's core, and with the Kickstarter community's help we can put into production an even more refined finished product. We plan to...
• Manufacture Trubador using the best materials; ballistic nylon and the best velcro for the straps, a comfortable and protective material for the case portion and the sturdiest, shiniest strap-holders we can find.
• Add a magnet to the cover so that when you close Trubador up, your iPad 2 will lock just as it does with the Smart Cover.
• Modify the button holes on the final model to ensure easy access to controls on both iPad and iPad 2, as well as add a hole to the back for the rear camera.
• Stiffen the material used for the strap itself to make it even easier to strap Trubador into playing position.
• Investigate using D-Rings instead of guitar pegs to hold the strap. This would allow for the strap to be removed and put back on Trubador more easily.
Can I see some more pictures of what Trubador looks like?
Absolutely! Here are some below. To see Trubador in action with the shoulder strap, please watch our video (we couldn't find a great way to do it justice in our tiny little picture-taking lightbox.)
I have a question. How can I get in touch with you?
You can email us at TrubadorForiPad@gmail.com. We'll update this post with answers to questions that others would find useful, too!
Russ asks: Will the velcro straps allow for different and/or adjustable angles for the iPad when in use? Will the shoulder strap also be adjustable?
Thanks for your interest! Like most iPad cases, Trubador will only have one angle setting, but when it's on a table, you can place it in either of the configurations– one best for web browsing and the other for video watching– shown in our video. As for the shoulder strap, that will absolutely be adjustable, so you'll be able to wear it wherever is most comfortable for you.
Brian asks: Killer concept - I'm really liking the idea! What was the deciding factor in using velcro? What do you anticipate will be the wearing-out rate of the velcro? When the velcro wears out, would it compromise the functionality?
Thanks for getting in touch! We're investigating our options in that regard currently. If we stick with velcro, we're going to use a professional-grade velcro like you'd see on a high-end wetsuit or a leash for a surfboard, so it shouldn't wear out anytime soon.
We are, however, also looking at using buttons for the final design. It's something we considered in earlier prototypes when we were handling the strap design in a different fashion, and that we could certainly bring back for the final model if we think buttons can provide the support necessary.
Adam asks: I'm very interested in your product, but since I use several MIDI products via the Line6 MIDI Mobilizer, I wanted to find out how the case handles 30-pin dock connector plugins.
Thanks for your interest in Trubador! I don't have a MIDI Mobilizer from Line 6 to absolutely confirm compatibility, but I noticed on their site that the adapter takes up the equivalent of the rest of an iPhone 4 on the lefthand side past the 30-pin. Using this as a reference, it looks like you should be able to use it while keeping your iPad in Trubador, unless you were to attach a really bulky custom guitar strap.
We're going to make sure to keep this in mind for the production unit and do our best to make sure it fits. If for some reason the final model isn't compatible with it, we'll post an update on the Kickstarter page and allow for refunds for anyone affected, but I don't foresee any chance of that being necessary. We definitely want to make sure Trubador can work with awesome accessories like the MIDI Mobilizer.
pledged of $15,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on August 1, 2011.
May 23, 2011 - Aug 1, 2011 (70 days)
Pledge $1 or more
Contributors will be listed on the Trubador website prominently as a Trubador Groupie. Their pledge will go toward helping bring Trubador to life and improving the quality of the final product.
Pledge $10 or more
Contributors will receive an awesome, exclusive vinyl sticker with the Trubador logo, proclaiming them to be a Trubador Roadie. They will also be listed prominently as such on the Trubador website.
Pledge $40 or more
Contributors will receive one Trubador case and be listed on the Trubador website prominently as a Trubador Soloist.
Pledge $75 or more
Contributors will receive a Trubador case as well as an exclusive musical trophy so they can show off their status as a Trubador Award-Winning Artist! Contributors will also be recognized as such on the Trubador website.
Pledge $75 or more
Contributors will receive two Trubador cases and be listed on the Trubador website prominently as a Trubador Duo.
Pledge $100 or more
Contributors will receive a Trubador case as well as an exclusive, numbered "gold" record with an engraved Trubador logo celebrating their Trubador Gold Recording Artist status! Contributors will also be recognized as such on the Trubador website.
Pledge $100 or more
Contributors will receive three Trubador cases and be listed on the Trubador website prominently as a Trubador Trio.
Pledge $125 or more
Contributors will receive a Trubador case as well as an exclusive, numbered "platinum" record engraved with the Trubador logo, the contributors' name and the signatures of Trubador's creators celebrating their Trubador Platinum Recording Artist status! Contributors will also be recognized as such on the Trubador website.
Pledge $125 or more
Contributors will receive four Trubador cases and be listed on the Trubador website prominently as a Trubador Band.
Pledge $350 or more
Contributors will receive four Trubador cases, an autographed certificate of appreciation from Trubador's creators and the status of Studio Executive on the Trubador website. Studio Executives can submit an icon and short description of a music or iPad-related product, such as an app that would work great with Trubador or other iPad accessories that would complement the Trubador's usage, which will be featured prominently on the Trubador website.
Pledge $2,800 or more
Contributors will receive one hundred (100) Trubador cases and be listed as a Trubador Distributor on the Trubador website, along with a link for the option to purchase a Trubador through the distributor.