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Libra keyboard creator says it's talking to Brydge; Brydge says it's not



The maker of the Libra keyboard has told multiple Kickstarter backers that it's "communicating actively" with Brydge regarding a lawsuit filed over the device last week. Brydge's attempts to reach out

Brydge filed a lawsuit last week alleging that the Libra keyboard, which A MacBook Pro, violates a patent on it's own iPad keyboards.

There's some confusion in the lawsuit: there's almost no information out there about the company behind the Kickstarter campaign, named Sentis. So instead, Brydge sued Kickstarter as well as a company named OGadget, which may actually be behind the Libra keyboard. OGadget later told The Verge Sentis, through the Kickstarter campaign for Libra, says that it has not been Brydge. "That's possible, given that Brydge did not Sue Sentis. Though that seems to be Brydge does not know how. (Sentis also appears to be based in China, unlike Kickstarter and OGadget.)

Sentis adds "Hopefully, we can reach an agreement to benefit both companies." But Brendge, Brydge says it has not

The Verge has not heard back from Sentis in response to three messages sent last week.

The Kickstarter campaign for Libra has grown to be a small amount since Brydge's claims were made public on Thursday. It's added around $ 5,000 and 60 backers ̵

1; to around $ 225,000 and 1,760 total – but it seems to have lost a number of backers as well.

Libra's keyboard stands out from the other iPad keyboard attachments thanks to its inclusion of a trackpad. Apple added mouse and trackpad support to iPadOS last month – support is pretty basic and is buried inside of accessibility settings, but it's there for those who want it.


The current Brydge Pro is attached to an iPad Pro.
Photo: Sam Byford / The Verge

Brydge's iPad keyboards, though. Brydge claims that the keyboards are constructed in a U-shaped manner.

Brydge revealed a prototype keyboard with a trackpad. The company's CEO told The Verge last week that the device would start shipping in January or February 2020 in limited quantities.


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