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Modus lll — World's coolest iPad case clicks into separate home/office productivity hub.

Hello Kickstarters, 
 
In a new world where tablets are making their mark as real world productivity tools, Modus lll hits the sweet spot.
 
For input/productivity mode, Modus lll inspires that long proposal, presentation or term paper with a comfort-driven ergonomic design so superior that no laptop or desktop environment on Earth even comes close — but that's only half the story. For consumption/mobile mode, Modus lll's highly protective click out case with amplified, front-facing speaker sound simply outclasses any iPad case on the market.
 
It's literally two products in one — the very best of both worlds
 

If you've got Modus lll, get ready to hear this a lot: "Whoa! That looks so cool, what is that?"
If you've got Modus lll, get ready to hear this a lot: "Whoa! That looks so cool, what is that?"

We've come a long way since Modus lll was just a drawing on a napkin over a year ago. Our ultimate goal? Modus lll workstations in classrooms, hospitals, libraries, hotels, airports, etc. Just bring your iPad in its ultra cool case and click in.   Please join us in making a dream come true and getting an awesome product at the same time, thank you! 
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Our launch model fits all iPhones & micro USB Android phones as well as iPad 2, 3, 4. Kickstarter backers can choose iPad 5 at no extra cost. (see FAQ).  Android & Windows tablet users don't despair, we'll be making the modular, click in case for you soon.   
 
Perfect for… 

  • Businesses —  Students — Professionals    
  • A home office — Classrooms — Office workstations — Executives' desks

Progress Overview (detailed update available further down the page)

• Our production team consists of top-notch professionals with a 15-year proven track record of success in the mobile computing space
• We've built two fully-operational working models and use them daily 
• We've finished the design and are ready for tooling & production
• Your pledge goes directly to pay for tooling & production

We can't wait for you to experience Modus lll. It's impossible not to love it! So make your pledge right now and watch for our frequent production progress updates.  

With immeasurable gratitude,

The Team at Modus lll
  

Watch (and listen!) to the speaker sound enhancement capability of Modus lll's removable case. It's a hollowed out cavity that amplifies and redirects the iPad's rear speaker directly towards you.

Rewards

Choose from four color options:
 
Classic black $199.  MSRP $299  |  Gloss white $199.  MSRP $299  | Carbon fiber $249. MSRP $349  |  Wood burl $249.  MSRP $349
 

 
Product Description

Frame: 7060 aircraft grade aluminum
Body: High strength polycarbonate unibody construction
Case: High strength polycarbonateAesthetic band & logo: Embossed 7060 aircraft grade aluminumDimensions: 1.2" x 11.5" x 15.75" 
Weight: 3lbs

 

Premium quality, adjustable angle laptop sized keyboard feels, well, premium. 

  

Dial in your perfect viewing angle. Modus lll rotates 180 degrees.
 
 

Custom-position the keyboard, case & adjustable angle phone dock to the perfect feel for you, even vertically!  — It's like nothing you've experienced...
 

...Modus lll, an environment designed to adjust to yours.
 
 

Pair your keyboard to your iPhone and type notes while having a face time video call on your iPad. With iCloud, the notes will be on your iPad and you can look at them later. 

  

Modus lll's elegant, protective case is modular too.  When new technology emerges, the iPad 5 for example, we will offer that module. You won't have to buy the entire Modus lll all over again (yay!).
 

Watch 'The Battle for Modus lll'.
 

Watch us do a 'shake down' and see how securely the iPad is held into Modus lll's removable case.
 

Your docking station cord and misc. items stow away conveniently in the backside storage compartment.
 

Striking sophistication abounds. The removable case has integrated power and volume controls. 


List of Features

  • Self-storing premium quality laptop sized bluetooth keyboard
  • ErgoTrack with 7" front to back travel for tablet and keyboard
  • Adjustable tablet viewing angle to 180 degrees
  • Adjustable angle phone docking station with interchangeable connecters (30 pin, lighting, micro USB included)
  • One-click release of tablet for freehand use
  • Built in, 12-degree ergonomic typing angle
  • Enhanced iPad speaker sound
  • Self-contained storage for wall plugs, charging cords, misc items 
  • All port, function buttons & camera accessibility
  • Interchangeable iPad 30 pin & lighting connectors (both included) 
  • Wall charging ability without removing devices from Modus lll (portable battery power available through leading manufacturers) 
  • Protective, durable, lightweight 7060 aircraft-grade aluminum and high-strength polycarbonate construction.
  • Earth-friendly. 100% recyclable core materials
  • Modular iPad case with path to upgrade
  • TSA checkpoint friendly



Progress & Production Plan: 

Watch Modus lll in the Making

Overview


• We've built two fully-operational working models 
• We use the one you see in the video everyday 
• We've finished the design and are ready for tooling & production 
• Your pledge goes directly to pay for tooling & production

Our tooling, sourcing, manufacturing, packaging and logistics have already been carefully planned in advance. These will all be managed under one roof by our award-winning product development partner.

The entire process from concept refinement through shipping Modus lll to your door has been/will be managed by A+ professionals with a longstanding, proven track record of success. 

The entire manufacturing and shipping process for Modus lll is about four months. Modus lll is designed and engineered in California and will be built in Taiwan by our outstanding ISO certified manufacturer.

Charles, our Lead Engineer & Troy, Product Manager (and Baron)
Charles, our Lead Engineer & Troy, Product Manager (and Baron)

Detailed Information
The attention to intuitive functionality, ease of use, structural integrity, aesthetics and high quality is evident throughout Modus lll.  We've spent over a year refining, engineering and completing the design. We built a second working model building on what we learned from the first. There are minor tweaks we may implement in production. 

Our tooling, sourcing, manufacturing, packaging, logistics and shipping are in place. Your backing goes directly to pay for these costs. All materials needed for Modus lll are readily available.  We don't need any additional certifications or permissions to make Modus lll.

Unlike most firms, our product development company has successfully developed, manufactured and marketed their own products too and have been through every step it takes getting a product to market.  They will be on-site when we go into production, overseeing the entire process.

One of the first CAD drawings
One of the first CAD drawings

Our partner has 20 years of mobile computing industry specific experience and multiple ComDex best of show product design awards on their resume.

They will be leveraging their 15 year old working relationships with top-notch manufacturers in Taiwan who specialize in mobile technology products and can handle any volume. They meet or exceed ISO manufacturing standards and have passed product quality, process and workplace condition audits from some of the largest CE OEM's and retailers in the US. Among these are APC, HP, Costco and Walmart.

Our lead engineer Charles is uncommon in that he has been trained extensively on both sides of the conceptual and real-world manufacturability engineering fence.

Meaning, he does not daydream about what could be and then hand it off to someone to pull off an engineering miracle. He already has a strong sense of what works in the real world before designing anything. Charles is truly amazing and we are very blessed to have him on our team.

D.J, Troy & Charles have a laugh during a concept refinement session
D.J, Troy & Charles have a laugh during a concept refinement session



Production Plan 
The best, highest quality products come from engineers who not only design them, but build the prototypes AND oversee tooling & production. That's what we have. It reduces the risk of miscommunication also saves time and money regarding costing, contracting, materials sourcing, tooling, manufacturing, logistics, packaging and shipping.

Timeline  Upon successful funding, we will immediately go into tooling, production and delivery. We estimate delivery December, 2013.  

Product Development Team  Our established team have been successfully designing, engineering and developing mobile computing and other products for manufacturing via overseas contract manufacturers for nearly 20 years. Some of the names they are associated with include: HP, Toshiba, IBM, Targus & Belkin.

World Class Manufacturing Our partners have long-standing manufacturing partnerships with multiple overseas contract manufacturers to build the products they develop. 

Awards Our partners have  received many design and engineering awards including: CES Innovations Awards • Best of Comdex Award • IDSA Silver Idea Award • Three ID Magazine Design Excellence Awards • DesignFax FiveStar Product Design Award • Mobility Award
 
 

How It All Started - The Story Behind The Story

It all began with an idea and an entrepreneur who wouldn't quit.
It all began with an idea and an entrepreneur who wouldn't quit.

D.J. Sherman is a graduate of Colorado State University where he was captain of the hockey team.  With his global view - having been immersed in the Korean education system - and a brain that streams creativity non-stop, D.J. is just the person to bring comfort, flexibility and versatility to your evolving work environment.  

Co-Founder D.J. Sherman playing beach roller hockey in Santa Monica
Co-Founder D.J. Sherman playing beach roller hockey in Santa Monica

As the iPad becomes more universally used as a bonafide productivity tool, the features of the work space we use also evolves. D.J., a patent-holding inventor, looked for the optimum environment to optimize the power and convenience of iPad. Finding nothing adequate, D.J. has designed something that's 10 times better than anything out there.

It's called Modus III.

We think you'll love it.

We have come so far and have a clear plan to cross the finish line. Part of that plan relies on you. We have calculated that we need $95K in order to produce Modus lll in bulk and bring it to market. If you're interested in seeing the Modus lll being made and would like to receive one of the first editions, please pledge.  Thank you!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Being successful with contracting, materials sourcing, bidding, tooling, manufacturing, packaging, shipping and logistics is not about beginners luck.

We are going to engage full production on a new product for our backers who are paying for it in advance. That's not something to just hope or even believe you can accomplish. You have to know you can.

As you have read in our progress & production plan, we have been blessed with a product development company who has a proven track record of success time and time again with all the aforementioned. These same top-notch engineers who built the prototypes will also overseeing tooling and production and managing the entire process.

We have purposely positioned ourselves so no additional special permissions or licenses are required to produce Modus lll.

We simply asked our product development team directly, what are the risks & challenges? Their response was challenges will arise but most of the time you won't even know it, that's what we get paid for. We have a reputation for coming through with outstanding products much more complicated than Modus lll.

Even with high confidence in our production plan, weather doesn't care how confident you are. Foul weather can delay shipments. Plus, since we're planning to be very successful on Kickstarter, that's a lot of units to deliver. They can't be shipped in one day so some will get their Modus lll before others.

One thing we can say is we'll keep you updated every step of the way and should a snag emerge, we will be on top of it and you will be not kept in the dark. We believe free flow of information always leads to better results, even if the information sometimes isn't exactly what we want to hear.

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    MODUS lll CLICK OUT CASE. Get a spare for a friend and let them click into your Modus lll (No fighting or we'll put you both in time out). Or, just have an awesome iPad case for yourself without the workstation. You'll get to specify classic black or gloss white after the campaign ends. Free USA shipping when you also choose a $169 or higher reward and/or share this page on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr Google+. Otherwise, shipping is $10. Thank you! NOTE: Please add $20 to ship outside the US & Canada Estimated delivery: Dec 2013

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    MODUS lll IN GLOSS WOOD BURL DESIGNER FINISH. Click the rewards image to see more. This high-strength finish is extremely durable, scratch resistant and looks simply AMAZING. Free USA shipping when you share this page on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr Google+. Otherwise, shipping is $20. Thank you! NOTE: Please add $40 to ship outside the US & Canada

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    MODUS lll IN GLOSS CARBON FIBER DESIGNER FINISH. Click the image under the 'Rewards' heading to see more. This high-strength finish is extremely durable, scratch resistant and looks simply AMAZING. Free USA shipping when you share this page on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr Google+. Otherwise, shipping is $20. NOTE: Please add $40 to ship outside the US & CanadaThank you!

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    MODUS lll IN ANODIZED GOLD ALUMINUM FRAME TO MATCH THE iPHONE 5S GOLD PHONE. Includes your name monogrammed on the frame. Click the image under the 'Rewards' heading to see more. Free USA shipping when you share this page on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr Google+. Otherwise, shipping is $20. Thank you! NOTE: Please add $40 to ship outside the US & Canada

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