There is a new Kickstarter project, Brydge, by Brad Leong that will come close to converting an iPad into a notebook with a hinged aluminum case and Bluetooth keyboard that looks a lot like a Macbook.

What makes the Brydge so special when compared to the various other folio keyboard combos out there, is the stunning design that borrows so much from Apple. Seriously, this ought to have been designed in Cupertino. It sports aerospace-grade aluminum, and has a MacBook-style keyboard. Two models are slated for an October 2012 debut, one with speakers, one without. So far the project is a roaring success. At the time of this writing, about midway through the project’s launch day, it had 650 backers and had already raised $136,070 well above it’s $90,000 goal.

Check out the video. If anyone wants in, pledge levels start at as $150 and secure the indie-investor early access to the Brydge when it is ready to ship.

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