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  • NO CHARGING REQUIRED
    WriteCase is powered by the iPad.  No batteries or re-charging necessary

     
  • NO BLUETOOTH
    WriteCase does not need to be paired with the iPad - just plug and play

     
  • BETTER SECURITY
    when compared to Bluetooth keyboards. Scammers using specialized software to intercept your Bluetooth signal and hack into your device - called "bluebugging" can't do this on a WriteCase

     
  • QUANTITY DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE
    •  K-12 Schools
    •  Higher Ed.
    •  Medical Field
    •  DoD/Military





 

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WriteCase:  Wired keyboard folio
Easy to use plug and play design.
Typing made simple on your iPad 2 or Retina iPad



 

Hi.  My name is Frank Rizzo and I am the Lead Developer of the WriteCase, a wired keyboard folio for iPad.

There are many keyboard cases for iPads on the market. I know this first hand since I have purchased many sizes, styles and kinds over the past few years in search of just the right one.  Two issues keep coming back to haunt me with regards to the stack of old cases I have sitting on my shelf.

  • They need to be charged.  How often I would have a big meeting that I wanted to take notes with my latest Bluetooth keyboard case and my iPad only to have the case run out of juice halfway through. Think of all of the things you have that require charging - cell phones, laptops, a cordless phone at home, handheld games and of course, iPads.  Another frustration is that the little cord required to charge the Bluetooth keyboard case is usually something that I've misplaced after the first week.
  • They use Bluetooth.  Bluetooth is less secure when compared to a wired keyboard.  Bluetooth technology solves the issue of connectivity, however, at the cost of security.  Hackers can intercept what you type between a Bluetooth keyboard and your iPad.

The quote "Necessity is the Mother of Invention" spurred the idea for the WriteCase. The WriteCase provides ease of use (no charging) and peace of mind (no Bluetooth) with a keyboard on the iPad 2 or Retina iPad.  It is ready to type when you are!


The WriteCase utilizes the Apple 30-pin connector eliminating the need for it to be charged or paired via Bluetooth. Once the connector is plugged in, the iPad will power the keyboard which means it is truly plug and play…or better yet, plug and TYPE!

 

HOW WE GOT STARTED

WriteCase is a son-in-law (Frank G. Rizzo) and father-in-law (Wayne Keller) partnership.  We each bring a unique set of skills and expertise that compliment one another in the development of this product.  When I (Frank) first met Wayne he told me "If you ever come up with an idea for an invention I can get it built!"  I was very happy to make that initial phone call to Wayne back in late February of this year with my idea for the WriteCase and take him up on that offer he made me years ago.

Our first concept/prototype was made of cardboard and basically was a keyboard with an attached iPad stand.  

First WriteCase Concept/Prototype (March 2013)

The WriteCase keyboard stand was not a practical solution especially for Education. It would be difficult for schools to store the device in addition to all of the iPads.  The keyboard stand provided no protection for the iPad as well. We were concerned it would be too easy to knock off an iPad from the stand onto the floor.  We decided to modify the original concept to enclose the iPad into a folio case.

Our first step in starting to develop a true working WriteCase prototype was to contract with an engineering company that Wayne had worked with on many previous products.  The engineering company has access to many factories that produce high quality electronic goods. We continue to work with our engineer to define the specifications of the WriteCase during the process of refining and designing it. In turn, the engineering company communicates those specifications to the factory to manufacture the two working prototypes shown below.    

Second Prototype (May 2013)

The Second Prototype was our first real working model but it had two areas we wanted to improve.  The keyboard itself needed to be larger.  The keys were too small and very close together.  We also wanted to improve how the iPad fit into the folio case by utilizing a back that the iPad would snap into snugly.

The Third Prototype solved both of these issues.  We continue to improve on the model by shortening the 30-pin cable and enclosing the center storage area in fabric (see below).

 
Third Prototype (June 2013)







Updated version of WriteCase with shorter cable and middle area in fabric



WHO IS THE WRITECASE DESIGNED FOR?

Individuals - Anyone that wants an easier experience using a keyboard with an iPad. We bought a relative a Bluetooth keyboard for his iPad as a gift, but he lost the charging cable shortly after he got it (I am starting to think the affinity for losing power cables is genetic).   Even when he had the cable he couldn't remember he had to charge it.  It's a little like pulling out a flashlight when the lights go out only to remember the batteries in it were dead the last three times you needed it to work.



K-12 Education & Higher Education - I am currently the Director of Instructional and Information Technology for a K-12 School District in Upstate New York.  We presently support over 600 iPads in our District.  For my schools we purchase iPads and place them into portable charging carts on wheels.    


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My teachers like the iPads but have commented that they would be much better with keyboards. 

WriteCase: Approved by a real K-12 Spanish Teacher!
WriteCase: Approved by a real K-12 Spanish Teacher!

How do I charge 25 iPads and 25 Bluetooth keyboards at the same time?  Logistically that would be a nightmare.  The WriteCase solves that problem simply and efficiently.  



The WriteCase complies with Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced (SBAC) Testing Guideline Requirements aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS).


Medical - There is a huge increase in the use of iPads in Doctor's Offices.  A medical office that is using Bluetooth keyboards can run the risk of breaches in data security. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or HIPAA requires adequate safeguards of medical information.  A wired WriteCase keyboard provides better security over Bluetooth.


 

Department of Defense and/or Government Offices - Wired keyboards are ideal solutions for government offices that require Bluetooth to be deactivated due to concerns with improving the security of their information systems. For example, the U.S. Department of Defense April 2011 publication of DoD Bluetooth Peripheral Device Security Requirements which mentions “Bluetooth devices must not be discoverable (responsive to inquiry messages from other Bluetooth devices) unless absolutely necessary. Ideally devices should never be discoverable.”   The WriteCase is a perfect option without having the security issues of Bluetooth.


SPECIFICATIONS


WHAT IS AN APPLE MFi?

Apple's MFi licensing program (Made For iOS devices) enables the development of electronic accessories that connect to iPod, iPhone and iPad.  Since the WriteCase utilizes the Apple 30-pin connector, it is required that the factory complete the MFi certification process.  To date, it is about 90% complete and is working with Apple to make sure the keyboard is compliant with those specifications.  

WriteCase keyboard being tested for the MFi license
WriteCase keyboard being tested for the MFi license

© 2014 WriteCase. All rights reserved.  Patent Pending.
iPad® is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. 
Bluetooth® is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.


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