Tablets, and the iPad specifically, can be used in plenty of different ways. While some users carry them around as a method of entertainment, many others are using the devices as productivity tools. Modus is looking to take that even further with the introduction of Modus III, a workstation designed to make the iPad feel more like a computer in terms of functionality.
The Modus III features a full-sized Bluetooth keyboard that folds out when you want type. The keyboard can be placed in a few different positions, which is designed to make typing more comfortable. The position of the iPad on the docking station can be adjusted, so users can get the viewing angle that works best for them.
The device is not small, especially when compared to other iPad docking stations. The trade-off there comes from the extra functionality, which may or may not be suitable for all users. One example of the extra function is an additional dock on the side, which can be used for keeping smartphones charged.
The portion of the workstation where the iPad sits is removable, so when portability is a concern, users can have this part function just like a standard iPad protective case.
The device supports iPad 2 through 4, with the option to get an iPad 5 model later. It supports both Apple 30-pin connectors and Lightning, so it can be used with most Apple devices.
The Modus III also comes with front-facing speakers, which helps alleviate one of the iPad's biggest weaknesses – volume. It also includes a cargo area designed for carrying chargers, headphones, and other cables.
The designers of the Modus are seeking funding for their workstation on Kickstarter. The project is still a ways off from meeting its US$95,000 goal. Backers looking to get their hands on a Modus III of their own can do so for a minimum pledge of $169.
The pitch video below provides more information.