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Leotego EON : The Ultimate iPad Keyboard • Case • Stand

Luxury Performance iPad case. Featuring high tech keyboard, carbon fiber shell, and a ultra sleek design.

Leotego EON : The Ultimate iPad Keyboard • Case • Stand

Luxury Performance iPad case. Featuring high tech keyboard, carbon fiber shell, and a ultra sleek design.

$5,268
pledged of $74,500pledged of $74,500 goal
25
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, December 21 2013 4:59 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated December 21, 2013

About

A new class of iPad accessory designed with performance and luxury in mind. Ultra sleek, revolutionary design, and exceptionally beautiful

Today our lives are highly dependent on technology, which has become our window into reality. We now regard technology as our guide, companion, partner and much more. Leotego was created to be the premier choice in luxury and performance accessories. Our belief is that they are more than just accessories, but actual tools to enhance our experience with electronic devices. Leotego Eon offers the ultimate package in design, craftsmanship and material, making it second to none in performance and quality.

  • Carbon fiber structure
  • Aluminum hinge and mechanics
  • Portrait and landscape mounting
  • Hard cover design
  • Magnetic cover closure with auto sleep
  • Wireless, LED backlit, Bluetooth keyboard
  • Inverted key technology for improved typing
  • Easy accessory attachment system 
  • Ultra slim and light weight

Leotego Eon comes in 2 styles.  The first features a solid back plate with hard cover, while the second style incorporates a solid back plate with an Inverted Keyboard, cover and stand.  Both models are available in 3 fabrications. 

EON snow - white zebra wood finish with white leather and aluminum accents.

EON night - black zebra wood finish with black leather and aluminum accents.

EON carbon sport - carbon fiber finish with brushed aluminum accents.

Invert Keyboard (LX) - his keyboard features a pioneering approach to touch typing. Due to the unique design of the keys, typing is simple and easy for even novice users.  The raised spaces in between the keys make finger memory and navigation as simple as using a traditional keyboard.  An ultra slim design makes this keyboard feel virtually non-existent as it magnetically snaps together with the stand and acts as a screen cover when not in use.

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With the new release of the iPad Air you can now get a revised version of the Eon case that will support this new product.   The Eon case supports iPad 3, iPad 4 and iPad Air.  We will be rolling out a design for the iPad Mini in the near future.

At the very start of the development process, our goal was to design an extravagant accessory and create a new market class all of its own.   When we started to compile the original specifications for the iPad case, we knew that it would need to feature a carbon fiber, structural shell. As a material, carbon fiber would allow us to keep the weight and thickness at a minimum.  This was extremely important in building a case that would feel light during everyday use, but durable enough to withstand extended wear.

However for the perimeter edges of the case, carbon fiber did not provide the look and feel we wanted to achieve and we opted for a strong and contrasting look. Consequently, we designed a rigid aluminum band that would stretch around the entire perimeter of the case.  Not only did this satisfy the visual appeal of the case, but also opened up new directions for us to take the design altogether.  By including a locking groove along the entire aluminum band, we created a unique system of attachment and customization for a wide range of complementary accessories while keeping the design ultra sleek and lightweight.  From then, our design efforts were exposed to a whole range of new possibilities.  

The initial design concept was born about 2 years ago when our team began an exciting project to create a performance iPad case that would be able to protect the expensive device and also have an outstanding look and feel. Leotego started with a collection of sketches which explored different shapes and curves that would communicate performance and class.

After meticulously sorting through iterations of various sketches, we 3D printed a physical prototype for further testing and refining of the original concept.

Once we successfully completed the initial prototype stage, we introduced engineering to address the mechanic portion of the hinge, groove and cover.

With a strong emphasis on performance, it was important that the moving components were simple yet reliable.  We spent a considerable amount of time and effort to engineer, then CNC cut the aluminum elements of the Leotego Eon case.

Over the next 12 months, we developed different methods of carbon fiber molding to explore the most optimal version. For the accessory groove configuration, we tested different woods and leathers for comfort, ultimate appeal and functionality of the back plate, cover and keyboard.

Once the physical attributes were decided, we began engineering the electronics for the “Invert” keyboard.  This portion of development went surprisingly quick as we were able to leverage 3rd party applications which when combined with capacitive touch sensors, gave us the intended user experience of this final product.

After we refined the design, materials and functionality of the Leotego Eon case, we filed for patents and evaluated several foreign and domestic manufacturers to source the necessary components.

We were able to choose and partner with well-established leather and wood veneer suppliers, to limit the amount of labor and tooling required for the final assembly.

At the present time, our team has the essential tools, CNC, molding forms and oven etc. to facilitate the manufacturing process.. This lab is equipped to handle a production capacity of 800 carbon fiber elements and the physical assembly of the Eon case.

In the event that we exceed our goal of 800 units, we have a warehouse facility on standby that will accommodate an additional medium size shop.  We are also partnering with a production/manufacturing consultant to insure that we have a smooth and uninterrupted delivery of our product to you, our backers. 

The Leotego Eon case is comprised of four basic materials which are aluminum, carbon fiber, wood and leather. Vendors specializing in their own particular fields will complete the manufacturing and preparation of the raw materials.  The initial vendor specializing in alloy and steel manufacturing will produce the aluminum perimeter component, hinge, cover, and keyboard through CNC and die casting processes.  Once completed, the parts will then ship to western NY for final assembly.  On arrival, the wood and leather vendors will produce the finished components that are already surface treated, formed and cut to our specifications.   For final assembly we are partnering with a larger composite manufacturing company to assist in administering the final assembly process..

For assembly, we will layer all the individual components and fuse them using carbon fiber and resin in a single step. Afterwards the final parts will be delivered to a local CNC shop to cut the ports and perform a cleanup of the excess materials. Once the assembly process is complete, the product will arrive back at our facility for final shipment to our customers. Due to the intricate design aspects of the Leotego Eon case, we have subcontracted the majority of the manufacturing to expert vendors who are able to produce the level of quality that this project demands. We will specialize in the manufacturing of the carbon fiber elements of this project to deliver a first-class product at a competitive price to achieve our market success.

We are very excited to finally make this amazing product available to the general public.

Risks and challenges

After much refinement during the prototype phase, we are very confident in the product we have now created. The main challenge we foresee is maintaining the high production standards we have developed to ensure our user satisfaction.

Though every venture has it’s unique set of challenges, our goal is to provide each customer with the same level of quality that we imposed during the design, prototype and testing stages of the Leotego Eon. We are looking to raise the bar on every level and want to assure potential investors that we are totally committed to the success of this project and seeing our product achieve market success.

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    EARLY BACKER SPECIAL - A special low cost for helping us get started. The iPad case/keyboard will retail for $359. Select from 3 styles- EON SNOW LX (white zebra wood + Invert Keyboard), EON NIGHT LX (dark zebra wood + Invert Keyboard), EON CARBON SPORT LX (carbon fiber finish + Invert Keyboard)

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