A IPad Keyboard That Works Without Electricity Or Wires!
SleeKeys: the incredible iPad keyboard that uses no electricity and no Bluetooth connection!
Our team at SleekTech owns a large collection of iPads. We tend to type a lot. And we hate doing it on an all-touch-no-grip device
iPads are incredible machines, but typing by way of tapping on a glass window is just a little unnatural, and highly inaccurate. We have been searching high and low for a better replacement technology, but have always hit a brick (er... glass?) wall. So, we set out to create our own.
What is it?
SleeKeys is a sleek, simple and clever iPad case that sports an integrated full-size QWERTY keyboard, providing faster and smoother typing, with less mistakes. Conveniently built into your iPad case, the keyboard becomes available to you by simply opening your cover. Magnetic infrastructure tacks the keyboard firmly in place for a steady feel. A slight groove in the iPad case houses this amazing bit of technology lending it a seamless flowing look. SleeKeys never interferes with iPad activity and it never gets in your way. When not in use, SleeKeys can be stowed away in a matter of seconds. It never needs charging, never needs pairing and is so sleekly integrated, you’ll certainly find yourself wondering where all those typos disappeared to.
How is it special?
SleeKeys is NOT a Bluetooth keyboard. It doesn’t use electricity. It NEVER needs charging of any sort and doesn’t need to be connected to your ipad in any way. So yes, we believe it’s pretty special. Bluetooth dependency bulks up your iPad, adding unnecessary weight which diminishes the IPad's iconic sleekness. Charging and pairing can be so truly hassling, enough to turn every typing activity into a technical drag. Also, when using Bluetooth keyboards, additional electricity is drained from your iPad shortening the iPad’s battery life.
With SleeKeys, you get a physical keyboard without any of these problems. Bluetooth keyboards are great for the assemble-me-in-your-office-and-keep-me-there setup. They are not handy enough for anytime-anywhere use and not compact enough for today’s on-the-go society. They weigh down your iPad, are attached to flimsy hinges that give way with pressure, and require quite a lot of assembly time. But SleeKeys is different. It’s like having a second right hand. SleeKeys is always there when you need it, never needs to be specifically positioned or assembled, and is perfect for the travelling or on-the-go user. You can access it simply and enjoy it, even on a squashy subway station, at a quick coffee break, on an airplane breakfast tray, or anywhere else your day may lead you. The smoothness and accessibility SleeKeys presents, are completely nonexistent in other substitutes, rendering it the must-have add-on for every iPad owner.
How does it work?
We have developed a patent-pending technology that helps SleeKeys interact with your iPad seamlessly. The keyboard is accessed simply by opening the cover and flipping the SleeKeys keyboard onto the virtual on-screen keyboard. Immediately you are ready to begin typing with no wait or connectivity hiccups. The SleeKeys typing experience is one akin to that of the best tactile laptop keyboards. Its contoured keys provide you with optimum typing accuracy and feedback. Input is precise, button feedback is noticeable and satisfying, and the overall fit and finish of the keys is perfectly engineered and machined.
We are modern-day consumers ourselves. So we understand that a good accessory can be no less impressive than the technology itself. In every stage of development of our SleeKeys project, we have assessed and reassessed every conceivable fault and flaw. We have obsessed over a design simultaneously stylish and functional to build a finished product that we would love to go out and buy ourselves. The result of all this research and development and our patent-pending typing technology is also a thinness wow factor. The SleeKeys keyboard is just about ¼ inch thick and weighs only 3.5 ounces.
What did it take?
Getting here wasn’t easy. We never even expected it to be so hard… But our dedication to excellence from dream to design to development to delivery continuously pushed us forward. We began working on this idea over two years ago. In the process, we experienced a lot of setbacks which almost had us waving the white flag. Now, when we see our dreams being actualized in the form of an amazing product, we’re glad we roughed it out. We started out working with little bits of scrap material and lots of determination. Our first prototype was a rubber calculator keyboard we purchased at a 99 cents store! We hired three different designing companies from New York New Jersey and Connecticut to help us transform our great idea into an amazing product. Manufacturing is very expensive, involving the overcoming of logistic, linguistic and operational barriers. To produce the very best product possible, we hired a leading case manufacturer in China that deals with brand names like Samsung and Sony. We travelled down to China ourselves to oversee the process and ensure there are no glitches. Here too we shied away from cheaper, less proven companies, even as that could’ve lowered our costs considerably. Our team considered multiple directions and design options. We made tons of prototypes to test and prove our technology, and only then began the case design process, as we don’t believe in skimping on anything or in applying shortcuts. Every small detail of this product has been hammered out to perfection, making this an iPad case that can compete with the best of them. To share a little secret, we’ve come up with more than 20 different design concepts, just to make sure that the keys have the right feel and function.
Are we there yet?
Nearly. It’s very-well known that many startup innovation projects get delayed and run into glitches and complications of every variety. We made a big decision not to address the Kickstarter audience with a raw or struggling project. We have waited until now, until the concept has been finalized to our utterly demanding standards. The manufacturing process has already begun, and we already got the first manufactured sample pieces. As a matter of fact, the pictures displayed above are from actual manufactured parts. All we still need to do is make a few minor changes and touch-ups before we get into mass production.
How can you help?
You can help in more ways than one! You can refer your friends to our Kickstarter page and thus help us spread the word. You can write to us with suggestions on how to improve our product. But, most importantly, you can help us along in the manufacturing process with funds that will ensure we bring our product to market. As we stand now, every dollar matters. For your partnership, you are of course privy to the first batch of our ready products, before anyone else! We expect to complete the final changes within a month. It will then take us one more month to mass produce the first SleeKeys batch. Getting it shipped by air mail will take approximately 1-2 weeks. As soon as we receive them, SleeKeys will be sent out to our Kickstarter supporters before anyone else. With that calculation, it will take another 2-3 weeks for our backers to receive their SleeKeys. We are currently in negotiation with a fulfillment company, as we truly don’t want to run into any delays in distribution. With this finalization and distribution plan in place, we expect the estimated delivery date to be mid december.
An average Bluetooth keyboard would cost you between $80-$120. SleeKeys will retail for about $65 and will be offered to the Kickstarter audience for $55. We so appreciate your generous support, we’d like to reciprocate with generosity of our own and offer a package of outstanding value!
And always remember: If typing on your iPad drives you mad, don’t flip out – just flip out SleeKeys!
Risks and challenges
Risks and Challenges
As we found out over the last two years, developing a new product involves a lot of risk and improvisation. Fortunately, we have passed the hardest part and have finally manufacture parts that are working to perfection. While there is always some remaining risk, we do not expect any issues with functionality. Right now, the biggest potential challenge is meeting delivery targets, as our operation involves a variety of suppliers and manufacturers. Because of this, we have allowed ourselves a significant margin of error and are confident that we will meet the promised delivery date.
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