Tablets are dandy just as they come, but sometimes you can really stand to have a keyboard at your fingertips. You can carry around something like Apple's wireless keyboard or a fat case with a keyboard built in. Or you can get behind the Nibiqu iPad keyboard project on Kickstarter.
I don't really know what Nibiqu stands for, but I do know it's mighty thin at less than a quarter inch in thickness. It doubles as a case, but the most compelling aspect is the full keyboard with keys that depress. The maker is advertising it as "the thinnest keyboard for your iPad," though it may have some .
There are no batteries and no need for Bluetooth. The keyboard connects into the tablet's docking port. The whole contraption weighs 7 ounces. The Nibiqu will be available with either an English or a Spanish keyboard if the Kickstarter reaches its $100,000 goal. Early bird pledges start at $89.
Overall, the Nibiqu looks like a sensible option for avid iPad typists who don't want to haul around a chunky keyboard and aren't satisfied with the heft of the currently available keyboard cases. It may be in the running for worst tech product name of 2012, but I won't hold that against it.