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UPDATE: INSERTING AND REMOVING IPAD FROM CRUXENCORE!
The video below shows how to insert and remove the iPad® Air from the CruxENCORE™. As you can see inserting and removing is quick and effortless.
Here we are again! Don't call it a comeback....instead call it an encore. In fact, that's exactly what we're calling it -- The CruxENCORE™! The CruxSKUNK™ was a huge success and we'd like to do an encore to it.
The CruxENCORE™ is a natural sequal to our product line because we're already manufacturing many of its parts and components. This will allow us to get the CruxENCORE™ to market in record time. We hope you'll join us again on this journey to getting this remarkably beautiful new product to market and into your hands!
The CruxENCORE™ features stunning detail! All features and details have been designed with precision. The combination of which results in a product that is both gorgeous and highly functional.
The CruxENCORE™ features stunning airplane-grade aluminum (6063). Which is first stamped, then machined, and finally bead blasted & anodized for a beautiful finish.
The CruxENCORE™ features a 360-degree hinge which allows you to use the iPad® in 4 distinct modes or positions: Laptop Mode, Movie Mode, Tablet Mode, & Carry Mode.
The CruxENCORE™ features a rechargeable 360 mAh Lithium-ion battery which will give you over a month of use between charges. The Micro USB charging cable is included.
The CruxENCORE™ features the very BEST keyboard for the iPad®! In fact, our keyboard feels so much like typing on a Macbook® that you won't be able to tell the difference between the two. In addition, we've raised the keys in order to give you an even better typing experience. The end result is a keyboard experience that is second to none! We guarantee you'll prefer typing on the CruxENCORE™ over any other keyboard for the iPad®!
The CruxENCORE™ keyboard connects to your iPad® Air via Bluetooth 4.0
CruxENCORE™ boasts a new and improved hinge with a self-locking feature which ensures your case remains closed during transport.
The CruxENCORE™ has your back! The Aluminum and Polycarbonate back offers additional protection to your iPad® guarding against nicks and dings.
Crux™ filed its first patent an incredible 14 hours after the announcement of the iPad®. Since then Crux™ has been awarded 6 utility patents & 2 design patents. We are the only company that can bring this type of product to you.
The aluminum parts of the CruxENCORE™ are stamped and machined from aircraft grade aluminum in the exact same process that Apple® machines its Macbooks® and iPads®. The Aluminum parts are then beadblasted and anodized to give them the same finish as theiPad®.
We plan to have our first production samples coming off of the production line in the middle of April. Once all of the samples and components check out we'll begin full production in late April. The various parts will be manufactured and assembled in China. In fact, we already have built molds for and are currently manufacturing the various thermoplastic hardware parts for the CruxENCORE™. We already have the: keyboard, buttons, rubber feet and pads, PCBA, and other small screws and hardware parts ready to go. In order to manufacture the CruxENCORE™ we must first machine and stamp the 3 major parts out of solid pieces of aluminum. That aluminum is then beadblasted and anodized to give it a finish that is just like the iPad®. Those 3 parts will then be sent to another factory to be assembled along with the various components like the PCBA, keyboard, battery, hinge, and foam padding, then packaged to be shipped. We plan to have the CruxENCORE™ shipping by the end of May.
We're able to manufacture the CruxENCORE™ in multiple color combinations. Check out the stretch goals below to see what colors we'll be able produce at the various funding levels. If we're able to achieve our stretch goals, we'll be able to produce the CruxENCORE™ in 8 different gorgeous color combinations.
We'll be able to include an aluminum stylus if we meet certain stretch goals. This stylus is bead-blasted and anodized to match the finish of the CruxENCORE™. There are 4 different colors to choose from. Check out the stretch goals below to see what colors we'll be able produce at the various funding levels.
In addition, we'll be able to include a sleeve if we meet certain stretch goals. This sleeve is made of a beautiful combination of both wool and leather. It also features a reverse zipper giving it a very clean look. There are 3 different color combinations to choose from. Check out the stretch goals below to see what we'll be able produce at the various funding levels.
Finally, We'll be able to include a micro-fiber bag if we meet certain stretch goals. Check out the stretch goals below to see what we'll be able produce at the various funding levels.
That's right! You heard correctly....We will make the worlds first keyboard case out of magnesium. Be one of the first in the world to sport this ridiculously cool product. Limited quantities available.
Check the chart below to see the additional options and extras we're able to offer at the various funding levels.
At Crux™ we have a track record of delivering products that exceed expectations. The overall design and quality of our last kickstarted project should give backers confidence that we will exceed expectations on the CruxENCORE™.
Risks and challenges
The CruxENCORE™ potentially faces the followings risks and obstacles:
1) Delays: Since the CruxENCORE™ relies on a complex and long supply chain for it's various parts. There is the potential that one of these suppliers are delayed in their various components to the lead factory for final assembly. This could create a delay in shipping the product. We at Crux™ feel like this is a problem that we know how to manage since we've been manufacturing product in China for over 3 years.
2) Component compatibility problems: Since there are a lot of different components that make up the end product. There is the potential for there to be compatibility problems. The problems could include new components that have never been tested for durability and longevity. We at Crux™ plan on only using parts and components that have been tried and tested and that have a high level of quality and longevity. Also, we'll make sure that we carefully pick and choose only the best suppliers to work with.
3) Quality: Quality is always a concern when manufacturing products in China. We plan on managing this by personally checking each and every CruxENCORE™ before it is shipping. So in essence we are doing a 100% QC check on the final product. In addition, we will check each component and sub assemblies before they are passed for final production. Again, we have been managing quality on our products coming from China for over 3 years. We feel confident that we will be able to deliver a high quality product.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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