While analysts try to decide whether the Apple iPad is eating into netbook sales, there’s on sure way to make their job a bit tougher — turn an iPad into a netbook. We’ve seen plenty of hackers take perfectly good netbooks over the years and turn them into tablets by adding a touchscreen display and ripping out the keyboard. Now a company called ClamCase is promising to bring out a kit this Fall that will let you turn an iPad into a laptop by inserting it into a slick looking case and connecting to the integrated keyboard via Bluetooth.

This isn’t the first attempt we’ve seen to turn an iPad into a notebook with the help of a docking station/case. The folks at LapDock are working on something quite similar. The difference is that LapDock has a working, but ugly protoype, while ClamCase has a sexy-as-hell, but completely imaginary concept video… which you can watch after the break.

via Gizmodo

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10 replies on “ClamCase concept turns an iPad into a laptop”

  1. Very similar in concept with the lenovo U1. If only the U1 lasts as long as the iPad…

    1. The difference is that the Lenovo U1 is actually two computers in one. The tablet has its own ARM-based processor, just like the iPad. But while the ClamCase is just a keyboard/dock, the keyboard portion of the U1 has a more powerful processor and runs a different operating system than the tablet — although it synchronizes your browsing sessions so you can pick up where you left off.

  2. If they can keep the price low and built quality acceptable then that could go a long way to making the iPad more useful. The ability to view it from adjustable angles for one and the built in keyboard providing for another, with the whole package making the iPad more portable.

    Though a Smartbook with touch screen would be easier to get and more affordable. A netbook too though a convertable tablet version may not be cheaper than the iPad.

  3. That’s actually rather innovative, but really more or less a knockoff of current tablets. . . without a mouse.

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