An anodized aluminum keyboard for your iPad with built-in speakers that connects with a hinge for nearly 180 degrees of positioning. Read more
This project was successfully funded on June 4, 2012.
About this project
The Brydge Kickstarter campaign is over, but you can now order a Brydge at www.thebrydge.com.
The best way to contact the Brydge team is by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow us on Twitter and on Facebook.
TIME - "Brydge stands out for its Apple aesthetics."
CNET - "A keyboard case that makes your iPad look a lot like the MacBook Air."
New York Times - "Brydge..turns an iPad into a laptop resembling the MacBook Air."
Mashable - "Brydge Turns Your iPad Into a Laptop"
Huffington Post - "The Brydge also mimics the Apple design aesthetic"
Cassandra Daily - "Tablet devices have yet to replace computers altogether, but iPad accessory Brydge could make the latter obsolete"
ZDNet - "Brydge Kickstarter project could have been called ‘ToasterFridge’"
Macgasm - "Brydge Is The Sexiest Way To Turn Your iPad Into A Laptop"
Phone Area - "Brydge is probably one of the most elegantly designed keyboards docks for the iPad and this really is a compliment given the myriad of options available."
GigaOM - "I was recently enamored by the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad, but I may hold off and back the Brydge instead."
9to5Mac - "this appears to be one of the better made keyboard cases we have come across."
UberGizmo - "Aesthetically speaking, the Brydge does seem to have many design cues that hail from Cupertino"
GeekWire - "no toaster required"
SlideToPlay - "The product looks stylish, the materials seem high-quality, and the construction appears sturdy"
iPhoneinCanada - "elegantly crafted using aerospace-grade aluminum to closely match the feel of the iPad itself"
Technabob - "Brydge iPad Keyboard: Admit It Apple, This is a Good Idea"
Thanks for checking out our project! We highly recommend watching our video to get the best idea of what Brydge can do.
Is it just us, or does it feel like the options for iPad keyboards and accessories are excessive in quantity, yet lacking in quality? This is why we created Brydge.
This idea of adding a high quality hinging keyboard to your iPad seemed obvious to us and we were shocked when we could not find any accessory that accomplished this. So we set out to make such a product to perfectly compliment your iPad.
Brydge is an elegant solution to the lack of quality iPad keyboards and accessories currently on the market. Brydge connects to your iPad using a patent-pending hinge which allows for close to 180 degrees of iPad positioning and holds your iPad secure.
Watch our "Shake Test" to see how strongly Brydge's hinge holds your iPad
Brydge's aluminum body ismachined and anodized so that it matches the look and feel of the iPad precisely. When paired together Brydge and your iPad appear to be two parts of the same device, blending style and functionality seamlessly. Unlike other products made of painted plastic in an effort to look similar to the iPad, Brydge does not fake it. Not only does it look good, but when held in your hands you can feel the quality craftsmanship Apple lovers demand.
Watch our "Keyboard Comparison" video to see what sets Brydge apart
Brydge's patent-pending hinge holds the iPad secure and allows for close to 180 degrees of positioning. While many stands offer a non-adjustable ledge to lean your iPad up against, Brydge's hinge allows you to position your iPad at nearly any angle, even allowing you to close it up entirely for easy transportation. Once closed, both your iPad and Brydge go to sleep automatically.
Hinge made of metal alloys and magnets, with a thermoplastic elastomer shell
Brydge’s hinge combines the forces of friction and magnetism to hold strongly onto the iPad. There is no need to enclose your iPad in any sort of case, instead, your iPad snaps in and is ready to go. If you need your iPad free from Brydge, simple hold down on the Brydge and pull your iPad free.
Optional Stereo Speakers
Brydge connects with your iPad via bluetooth, so there is no need to deal with any wires or plugs. This was important aesthetically, but also adds to the portability and convenience of the product. Additionally, the keyboard has been designed specifically for an iPad, with iPad functions built in and charges through a USB connection.
Kickstarter is an amazing tool that has helped introduce you to our product so that we can raise this capital. We have come so far and have a clear plan to cross the finish line, but part of that plan relies on you. We have calculated that we need $90K in order to produce the product in bulk and bring it to market. If you're interested in seeing the Brydge being made and would like to receive one of the first editions please pledge.
Brad, Eddy and Sam
Thickness comparison between the MacBook Air [Left] and Brydge [Right]
Brydge connects to the iPad via Bluetooth
Brydge is made from aerospace-grade aluminum that is machined and anodized to perfectly match the look and feel of an Apple iPad. The precision processes used to machine Brydge are the same processes used as the Apple family of products.
Brydge's hinge is made from metal alloys and magnets with a thermoplastic elastomer shell. It combines the forces of friction and magnetism to hold strongly onto the iPad. Once attached, the hinge provides for close to 180 degrees of iPad positioning. To remove your iPad simply hold the Brydge down and pull your iPad up firmly.
Brydge weighs 1.28 pounds by itself and 2.59 pounds when connected to an iPad 2. For comparison, the 13 inch MacBook Air weighs 2.96 pounds.
Brydge will work with iPad2 and iPad3, unfortunately we are not supporting the iPad 1. The back is curved in a way that differs from the current iPads and it makes it a heavy redesign to integrate with.
We are still sourcing speakers, but as of now we know there will be at least a 10 dB increase from the iPad's speakers.
Brydge automatically hibernates and turns on with your iPad, so there is no need to manually power it on and off. However, configuration buttons are built into the layout of the keyboard and a subtle power indicator LED is hidden off to the side.
Brydge has a lithium lion battery for long battery life and is easily charged via micro USB. Battery life varies significantly based on speaker use. Without speaker use, Brydge's battery should last several months.
Brydge is charged via micro USB. A subtle indicator light off to the side indicates power levels.
Yes, Brydge has a full QWERTY keyboard. The beveled edge was designed thin to provide the largest keyboard possible. Additionally, Brydge has hotkeys built in dedicated specifically for iPad functions.
It was composed by David Reynolds. His body of work can be found http://www.davidreynolds.net/.
We have experience with international shipping and many kickstarter projects will make the mistake of sending out rewards internationally via USPS First Class with no guaranteed delivery or tracking number. We want to ensure that no one's Brydge is lost in transit so we will be paying more for shipping to ensure delivery is made and confirmed.
Brydge supports an international toggle switch which will allow you to select different languages/keyboard styles as set through your iPad settings. We are looking into offering Brydge with different key prints particularly the QWERTZ layout. We have not finalized this yet. Stay tuned.
The iPad offers multiple languages, Brydge will work with all of them, but unlike the letters on the screen, the letters physically on the keyboard won't change.
She is an actress and friend of ours her twitter handle is @MartaPozzan
Our friend and graphic designer Steph Chow. You can find her work at http://stephchow.com/.
Pledge $150 or more
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Early Adopter Special. As a thank you for being one of the first to support Brydge, you will receive Brydge without speakers for $150
[US Shipping included. Please add $35 for International Shipping. Please add $20 for shipping to Canada.]Estimated delivery:
Pledge $170 or more
You will receive the Brydge, without speakers. [US Shipping included. Please add $35 for International Shipping. Please add $20 for shipping to Canada.]Estimated delivery:
Pledge $180 or more
100 backers All gone!
Early Adopter Special. As a thank you for being one of the first to support Brydge you will receive Brydge with speakers for $180 [US Shipping included. Please add $35 for International Shipping. Please add $20 for shipping to Canada.]Estimated delivery:
Pledge $210 or more
You will receive the Brydge, with speakers. [US Shipping included. Please add $35 for International Shipping. Please add $20 for shipping to Canada.]Estimated delivery:
Pledge $250 or more
250 backers All gone!
Limited Edition Model. For this pledge you will receive one of the first Brydges with speakers produced , laser engraved with the your model number. Your number will match the order in which pledge. Example: The first backer will receive model #1, etc... [US Shipping included. Please add $35 for International Shipping. Please add $20 for shipping to Canada.]Estimated delivery:
Pledge $1,000 or more
7 backers Limited (3 left of 10)
Ultra Special Limited Edition Brydge with speakers. Just for fun we're going to make ten Brydge anodized in San Francisco Gold, laser etched with your name. [Shipping included]Estimated delivery:
Pledge $1,520 or more
RETAIL STARTER KIT - You will receive 10 Brydges in full retail packaging 20% off the Kickstarter price (which is already lower than the final retail price will be) - 5 with speakers and 5 without speakers. [Freight shipping to be paid for by the backer, based on location]Estimated delivery:
Pledge $6,650 or more
RETAIL KIT - You will receive 50 Brydges in full retail packaging 30% off the Kickstarter price (which is already lower than the final retail price will be) - 25 with speakers and 25 without speakers. [Freight shipping to be paid for by the backer, based on location]Estimated delivery:
Pledge $9,120 or more
DISTRIBUTOR KIT - You will receive 80 Brydges in full retail packaging 40% off the Kickstarter price (which is already lower than the final retail price will be) - 40 with speakers and 40 without speakers. [Freight shipping to be paid for by the backer, based on location]Estimated delivery:
- (40 days)