The Asus Transformer series is seeing massive success, so the idea of a case that does something similar for the iPad is always welcome. The Crux LOADED is – was – that case, being touted last June as a “coming this fall”-product that combined a case, Bluetooth keyboard, extra battery….and trackpad. As I pointed out back then, it seems very unlikely that anyone can make a trackpad for the iPad. It simple has no interfaces for anything like that, it’s not designed for it at all. Still, there are a few ways that the product description could still be somewhat true, and maybe they knew something we didn’t.
Well, last June was 8 months ago. “Fall” was at least 4 months ago. So, Crux, where is this thing? It still lists as “in development”, and they seem to have no problem taking pre-orders. Seems like my predictions were right and that this is either a simple scam or someone who thought they could do something that can’t be done.
Even if the Crux LOADED will likely never see the light of day, I think the design itself has merit. The ClamCase is another similar type of case, it just lacks that external battery. While a trackpad is fantasy, I’d really like to see someone pair this type of keyboard case with an external battery pack, and maybe even something else – like speakers or a camera connection kit for USB and SD connectivity. A lot of product ideas never make it to market, but few accessories have been as interesting (in my opinion)as the Crux LOADED, which is why I’m bringing it up after all this time.