Excuse me iPad, may I cut in?

[LostSpawn] loves his clamshell keyboard for the iPad, but he had one major beef with the design. When the tablet is installed in the landscape orientation there’s no way to plug in a dock connector for charging or other uses. He pulled out the cutting tools and altered the case to meet his needs.

The case is a Rocketfish iCapsule which provides a Bluetooth keyboard when you need to do a lot of typing. The hard shell does a great job of protecting the iPad, but who wants to pull it out to charge it? The thing that we can’t believe is that there’s a slot milled in the other side of the bezel so that you can plug in headphones. How did they overlook the dock connector?

To add it himself, [LostSpawn] started by drilling a dotted line along the portion that he wanted to remove. He finished shedding material with a Dremel and then set about sanding it flat. To make sure it didn’t look too much like a hack he used Bondo to build up the working edge and then sanded and painted for a factory finish. Now he can plug in the cable or an SD card adapter like the one seen to the right of the keyboard.

Comments

  1. Paul Potter says:

    Really odd that they had not thought of that.

  2. obsoehollerith says:

    Nice! The days of proprietary and penitentiary tech are given one more busted window. Bring up the artillery!

  3. Hirudinea says:

    Just correcting a bad design, he should make a little rubber plug for it though when the hole isn’t in use, just to look nicer.

  4. therian says:

    if he wanted a netbook why he get an ipad?

  5. nope says:

    “if he wanted a netbook why he get an ipad?”
    I’m so glad someone else said this.

  6. doragasu says:

    Just sell the iPad and buy a netbook.

  7. Dino says:

    It has now become even MORE magical! I hope he didn’t breath too much of the Unicorn dust when sanding! :)
    Good hack!

  8. John says:

    I am sure all the iTards out there are amazed by this. Next Hack Plz

  9. tampopo says:

    It’s better than a netbook. Now he have an neetbook and ipad in one.

  10. Echoes says:

    Nice idea. A laptop with a relatively small touchscreen. And a keyboard.

    I wonder if someday someone will ever create a computer like that.

    Maybe they could even add a few usb ports, who knows. In a few years, the tech progress may allow to do those wonderful things…

  11. Anons says:

    How is this story worthy of hackaday?
    I have an article, it goes like this:
    “The other day I bought a broom. The handle was too long so I drew a line for what size I wanted it to be, then used a hacksaw and some sandpaper to cut it. THE END”
    Now… Where is that tips link?

  12. Fallingwater says:

    Slow news day?
    Seriously, I have 20+ things I’ve dremeled to make them more suitable to my needs, and yet somehow I think if I posted them all here they wouldn’t get accepted. I wonder why…

  13. iPad says:

    It’s a notebook it’s an iPad , it’s a Notepad !

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