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META - The Microcontroller Enhanced Tablet Accessory

META is the first tablet case that protects while adding clever and simple functionality.

META - The Microcontroller Enhanced Tablet Accessory

META is the first tablet case that protects while adding clever and simple functionality.

$2,378
pledged of $80,000pledged of $80,000 goal
36
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, January 21 2016 12:04 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated January 21, 2016

About

Tablets have changed the way people interact with technology. Their intuitive interface have made the greatest leap since the invention of the mouse. The downside, touch screens and desktop applications don’t always work well together. Application menus and tool icons are great for a laptop or desktop computer, but they tend to be too small for fingers to accurately select. And while keyboard shortcuts are a great way to select those elements without a mouse, attaching a keyboard to a tablet makes it…less tablet-y.

This became apparent to me when a digital artist was trying to get the most out of her Surface Pro 3. She would attach the keyboard, but that limited the mobility of her device and seemed counter intuitive to the tablet experience. So, I created META.

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META is now compatible with Surface Pro 4!

The rendering above helps to provide visual representation of the changes, but all in all, the changes are minimal:

  • The top of the case has been opened up to allow for access to the power and volume buttons on the SP4, and doubles for better airflow to both models.
  • The volume extender for SP3 will be capped off for SP4 users.
  • SP4 users will get foam spacers on the inner-back of the case to make up for the 0.7mm difference in depth between the SP3 and 4.

Although the rewards list only the Surface Pro 3, all backers will have a choice at fulfillment time to specify which Surface model they have to ensure they get a META properly adapted for their tablet.

META, or Microcontroller Enhanced Tablet Accessory, is a patent pending protective case that keeps your tablet functioning as a mobile device by adding features traditionally reserved for a keyboard…without all the extra bulk

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The current configuration of the META integrates six buttons, operated by a microcontroller, into a case that fits a Microsoft Surface Pro 3. The buttons can be programmed to perform any combination of keyboard shortcut operations in virtually any computer application. From web browsers and word processors to photo editing, 3D rendering, and games. It even does left or right mouse button clicks!

META connects to your Surface Pro 3 via USB and comes in your choice of 7 colors to match the assortment of the Surface Pro Type Covers, plus an exclusive arctic white.  USB is the most efficient method of powering the case while allowing for communication between the devices. It requires a minimal amount of battery power from the Surface Pro 3 and, in-turn, does not add to the number of devices you need to charge. While we have not recorded an official benchmark of the power use, so far in our testing it is an unnoticeable difference.

There are 2 main goals this campaign will help fund:

  • Mold fees and initial production fees.
  • A user friendly app for programming the buttons.

Almost a year has passed since I started this project. In that time, I have invested countless off-hours and more to make sure I had a product that I knew I could manufacture and distribute. The very first proof of concept was created in November of 2014 and the first working prototype in December of 2014. After several months of searching and planning, I partnered with a manufacturer in April of 2015 and the first production quality prototype was received from that manufacturer in August 2015.

The app has yet to be developed, and that is a big piece of the funding goal. The way programming the shortcuts works now is not user friendly, and definitley not what I want the user experience to be. However, I have been in contact with several software developers who are all more than capable and interested in taking on this app and their projected end dates are well within the fulfillment timeline.

In addition to funding, backing this campaign also confirms that this is a device that's desirable and worth expanding upon.  Once this campaign is funded, not only will I bring META to market for the for the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, I will further the development to be compatible with many other tablets that are capable of supporting it.

Artist Patrice Williams, using META with her Surface Pro 3, created these images and has offered them to this campaign as optional rewards to backers. This is a unique opportunity to receive a signed and numbered print by this extremely talented artist!

META's underlying technology is universal, meaning that it is not limited only to the Surface Pro 3. Any tablet computer that runs desktop applications can benefit from this technology. The Surface Pro 4 is, of course, next on the list.  However, there are several other devices that are slated for release in 2016 that may lend themselves as candidates for METAs.

My goal is for the META to enhance the tablet experience for artists, musicians, gamers, or anyone else who uses a Surface Pro 3. And that goal can be realized with your help!

My name is Dan Becker and I am the founder of Gadgetek and creator of the META.  My educational background is in Graphic Design and my professional background is Product Design and Systems Administration. 

I am a maker, musician, designer, and creative thinker.  I have nearly 10 years experience developing products with US and foreign manufacturers aimed for big box retailers and have been building computers and hobby coding since I was 15 years old. 

Risks and challenges

All mass production jobs have unforeseen setbacks, and with nearly 10 years of experience developing products directly with manufacturers, I have seen my fair share. From warehouse fires that destroy entire production inventories to port of entry strikes that cause multi-month delays. These events are beyond any one person's control, but are real threats to fulfilling an order.

If any type of situation should arise during the fulfillment phase of this campaign, I promise to keep everyone informed of delays and any necessary details.

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    Every dollar counts! Get the META video soundtrack MP3 as a special thanks and memento for your support.

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    META T-Shirt!

    Get a comfortable cotton t-shirt with the META Logo! Available in S, M, L, XL.

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    Prints, Prints, Prints!

    Snag this opportunity to own a signed and numbered print from artist Patrice Williams! Print choice will be available in the survey at the end of the campaign.

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    META for Surface Pro 3 - Launch Special!

    Be one of the first to get a META in your choice of color: Surface Pro 3 Matching Magnesium Metallic or Type Cover matching cyan, red, purple, dark blue, or black.

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    META for Surface Pro 3 - Early Bird Special!

    Be next in line for a META in your choice of color: Surface Pro 3 Matching Magnesium Metallic or Type Cover matching cyan, red, purple, dark blue, or black.

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    META for Surface Pro 3

    Get your hands on a META in your choice of color: Surface Pro 3 Matching Magnesium Metallic or Type Cover matching cyan, red, purple, dark blue, or black.

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    T-Shirt and META combo pack!

    Get the META T-Shirt in your choice of size and META Case in your choice of color: Surface Pro 3 Matching Magnesium Metallic or Type Cover matching cyan, red, purple, dark blue, or black.

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    META for Surface Pro 3 - Double Trouble Special!

    Need more than one? Score 2 METAs in this early bird special, each in your choice of color: Surface Pro 3 Matching Magnesium Metallic or Type Cover matching cyan, red, purple, dark blue, or black.

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    Kickstarter Exclusive!

    Show off your support with a unique, limited edition, Kickstarter exclusive reward -- a META colored in Arctic White.

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    Production Sample!

    This special offer is for the opportunity to own the first early production sample. After I receive and approve the production sample from the manufacturer, I'll ship it to you!

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Funding period

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