Hot on the heals of the successful Brydge Kickstarter campaign, Utah-based CruxCase has come up with an eye-catching high-end aluminum laptop-style iPad case of their own.

For the last two years, CruxCase has been selling a successful polycarbonate keyboard case for each generation of iPad called the Crux360. Marrying form and function, these cases have a full-size QWERTY Bluetooth keyboard and allow for a multitude of positions for typing, media consumption and a tablet mode, where the keyboard folds 360 degrees to rest against the back of the iPad, making it suitable for both reading and gaming.

The folks at CruxCase were looking for a way to be able to offer a version of the case to their consumers that would retain the beautiful metallic aesthetics of the iPad, that’s when they came up with the CruxSKUNK™. With a base that is just 6mm think and 19mm overall, the CruxSKUNK’s amazingly slim, yet full chicklet-style Bluetooth keyboard, complete with special keys will make your iPad resemble an Ultrabook or Macbook Air, yet retail all the portability and functionality of the tablet.

This isn’t our first rodeo. At Crux we’ve been busy making keyboard cases for your iPad® for about 2 years now. Needless to say we’ve learned a lot about design, manufacturing, and getting a product to market. The CruxSKUNK™ is the culmination of everything we’ve learned. There is essentially no other keyboard case that can touch the fit, finish, attention to aesthetics, and detail that we’ve put into the CruxSKUNK™. We’ve done a lot of work in this space, in fact we have over 8 patents pending on all of the technology that comes in the CruxSKUNK™. We think you’re gonna love the result. We really hope you’ll join us in getting this product to market and into your hands!

The company recently launched it’s Kickstarter campaign and with 44 days still to go, they’ve already reached over one-third of their goal of $90,000. They have a number of reward levels still available, but the first two heavily discounted levels have already sold out.

If you are interested you can still pre-order your own CruxSKUNK™ (w/ leather sleeve) for $175, which is less than what the case will retail for when it is offered publicly in December (should the project get fully funded).

Check out their Kickstarter video and image gallery below.

This looks like an absolutely stunning case (if you have the money)! The main benefit I can see it offering over the Brydge is that the iPad can still be used in tablet mode while it is in the case. You can check out their Kickstarter page here.