Two U.S. based developers are aiming to bring Microsoft’s famous Courier project to the iPad.
Microsoft canceled their internal Courier project shortly after the release of the iPad. The project was an innovative new tablet concept that had promised to combine a dual screen book design with finger and stylus input. The leaked promotional materials demonstrated various concepts that would have brought an unparalleled productivity tool to the market. Most media outlets and analysts felt the move to cancel the device was a mistake. Two developers also feel the same.
Trained engineers Benjamin Monnig and his friend Ricky, who both work full time at Boeing on the 737 aircraft, are aiming to raise enough cash to bring Microsoft’s Courier vision to reality. The pair have reached out to the Kickstarter community in an attempt to raise $10,000. “We would love to make our idea a reality and get Taposé on as many iPads (and possibly additional tablet devices) as possible,” says lead developer Monning. “Taposé brings the once hyped Courier functionality to the iPad. For us, it was an obvious decision to deliver such a superb product to tablet users. The creativity, productivity, and attractive user interface coalesce into one outstanding product.”
Both engineers need to take time off from work in order to make Tapose a reality. Monning is an aerospace design engineer and Rick a manufacturing engineer, who build mobile apps in their spare time. At the time of writing the pair have raised nearly $1,000 in just a week. If enough cash is raised then the Tapose application will be released in Summer 2011 but not for Microsoft’s Slate devices initially.