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The CruxSKUNK™ Turns your iPad® into a powerful laptop — SKUNKS ALL OTHER KEYBOARDS!

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Forbes - "This Could be Apple's Answer to Microsoft's Surface"

Wired - "I also like the way the hinge lets you fold the iPad back down"

Mashable - "Cruxskunk Keyboard Case Turns Your iPad Into a Laptop"

CNET - "CruxSKUNK Dresses your iPad up in MacBook clothes"

Yahoo News - "Cruxskunk Keyboard Case Turns Your iPad Into a Laptop"

Macworld - "CruxSKUNK design is really something special"

Ubergizmo - "Turns it into a MacBook lookalike"

TUAW - "This looks like one of the best keyboard cases I've seen so far in terms of design and construction"

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Turn your iPad® into a laptop

This isn't our first rodeo. At Crux we've been busy making keyboard cases for your iPad® for about 2 years now. Needless to say we've learned a lot about design, manufacturing, and getting a product to market. The CruxSKUNK™ is the culmination of everything we've learned. There is essentially no other keyboard case that can touch the fit, finish, attention to aesthetics, and detail that we've put into the CruxSKUNK™. We've done a lot of work in this space, in fact we have over 8 patents pending on all of the technology that comes in the CruxSKUNK™. We think you're gonna love the result. We really hope you'll join us in getting this product to market and into your hands!

Apple's® aesthetic

The CruxSKUNK™ maintains the simplicity of the iPad® while staying true to Apple's® design aesthetic. It perfectly compliments the style of the iPad®. In fact, most of the people we've shown the CruxSKUNK™ to have mistaken it for a Macbook Pro®. We of course take this as a compliment since we want to give our users an experience that is seamless between the iPad® and the CruxSKUNK™.

Thin - Extremely thin

At 19 mm, the CruxSKUNK™ and iPad® combination is about as thin as a Macbook Air® and weighing about the same—it's just as easy to carry around.

Thin - Ridiculously thin

At 6 mm, the CruxSKUNK's™ base is the thinnest keyboard for your iPad® on the planet! Yes you heard correctly. 

Large keyboard

The CruxSKUNK™ features a full-sized QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard is raised above the plane of the surrounding aluminum—which makes it extremely easy to type on. In addition, you'll be typing on a full-sized keyboard with full-sized keys. You won't have to compromise on this keyboard since all of the keys are exactly where your fingers remember. Last but not least, we've added special function keys to the top for those functions you use most often.

Bluetooth® connectivity

Connecting to the CruxSKUNK™ couldn't be easier. You'll only have to go through the pairing process once with your iPad®. After that your iPad® will always remember your CruxSKUNK™ . 

Patent - Pending hinge

The CruxSKUNK™ features our patent-pending hinge which allows for 360 degrees of rotation. This special hinge allows you to use your iPad® in a multitude of positions and allows for ultimate control when adjusting your iPad® screen.  

Machined to perfection

The three main parts of the CruxSKUNK™ are machined from a single piece of aircraft grade aluminum in the exact same process that Apple® machines its Macbooks® and iPads®. The Aluminum parts are then sandblasted and anodized to give them the same finish as your iPad®.

PCB - Keyboard - Battery (internal components)
PCB - Keyboard - Battery (internal components)

Manufacturing Plan

We plan to have our first production samples coming off of the production line in the middle of October. Once all of the samples and components check out we'll begin full production late October. 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 CruxSKUNK™. We already have: The hinges, hinge covers, keyboard, buttons, rubber feet and pads, PCB, battery, weight, and other small stews and hardware parts ready to go. All we need to do now is start machining the aluminum parts.  In order to manufacture the CruxSKUNK™ we must first machine the 3 major parts out of solid pieces of aluminum. That aluminum is then sandblasted 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 PCB, keyboard, battery, weight, hinge, and foam padding, then packaged to be shipped. We plan to have the CruxSKUNK™ shipping at the beginning of December—just in time for Christmas!

Prototypes

The CruxSKUNK™ has gone through 3 major prototyping variations. We believe that it's now ready to be manufactured.

What you get

For pledging you will receive the CruxSKUNK™, a leather sleeve for carrying the CruxSKUNK™/iPad®, and a USB cord for charging the CruxSKUNK's™ battery. The 350 mAH battery need only to be charged once a month.

iPad® compatibility

The CruxSKUNK™ is compatible with both the the iPad® 2 and 3rd generation iPad®.

Smart cover

The CruxSKUNK™ automatically turns your iPad® on and off as you open and close the case.

iPad® padding

The CruxSKUNK™ features foam padding on the parts that touch your iPad®. You can be rest assured that the aluminum on the CruxSKUNK™ won't scratch the aluminum of your iPad®.

Design reliability

The various components of the CruxSKUNK™ have been tested and perfected over the last couple of years. You can feel confident that we won't dramatically change any of the the CruxSKUNK's™ components. We're confident that the production sample we've created is ready to be manufactured in volume. You'll get what you see!

CruxSKUNK - Powerful iPad® Laptop
CruxSKUNK - Powerful iPad® Laptop

*iPad® not included.

FAQ

  • The CruxSKUNK contains a lithium-ion battery. These batteries are considered "Hazardous Material". Because we are limited on international carriers for this, we have to pay a higher price to ship the SKUNK to you.

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  • We've considered putting speakers into the CruxSKUNK. However, the base is only 6 mm thin, which means we would be limited to very small and weak speakers. The sound quality produced by these speakers would be very poor. In addition speakers would drain the battery and add more weight. So for this product we have opted to leave them out.

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  • We've also considered putting an extra battery into the CruxSKUNK. This too, However, would drastically increase the size, weight, and cost of the case. So we've decided to leave them out on this first version.

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  • We've just changed our shipping price to Western Europe to $40. If you've already pledged and live in Western Europe, you can modify your pledge to reflect this. If you are a new backer, just add $40 to your pledge amount.

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  • We would love to do a backlit keyboard. The only problem is that it would cost us about 200K and 6 months to produce. So as you can see a backlit keyboard is very cost and time prohibitive for this version of the CruxSKUNK. But yes we'd love to do one if the future.

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