Tablets are making their way into our daily lives more and more, and a new product called SideCar is created with the goal of putting them front and center – or actually, just a little over to one side. It allows users to take their iPad and attach it directly to the edge of a MacBook, creating something that feels like a dual monitor setup, but with a slightly different execution.
Basically, the SideCar clips onto the display of a Macbook, and then the user slides his or her iPad into it. It's only a physical link, so applications are still required to use the iPad as a second external display. This setup could also be useful for watching a movie on the iPad in the background while doing work on the laptop.
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The device is made from hard plastic with a silicone skin. The hard plastic gives it the rigidity to support the weight of an iPad, and the silicone allows it to grip while protecting the devices from scratches.
SideCar is available in two models – vintage and deluxe. Vintage works with second-generation MacBook Pro and third-generation non-retina display Macbook Pro. Deluxe fits third-generation retina display MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. Original iPad users are left out of this one, but all other models, including the iPad mini, will fit.
Venos, the company responsible for the SideCar is seeking funding on Kickstarter. It's still a ways off from its US$21,000 goal. Backers interested in purchasing a SideCar are required to fund a minimum of $16.
The Kickstarter pitch video below provides more information on SideCar.