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Coming Soon in January 2014…ChesterKeys&Case for the iPad Air

DSC_1850At Chester Creek Technologies, staying on top of technology trends is vital to our business and livelihood.  Plus, it’s fun to learn about the changing world of technology!

We are thrilled to announce our latest product innovation – the ChesterKeys&Case for the iPad® Air!

ChesterKeys&Case for the iPad Air features an adjustable Bluetooth keyboard with a rechargeable battery for 120 hours of continuous use.  The new iPad Air case is a soft faux leather case that closes securely with a magnetic clasp keeping all controls, ports, microphones and camera easily accessible.  The Bluetooth keyboard includes all the function keys you would need with an iPad such as, Home, Volume, Search, Internet, Select All and more!

ChesterKeys&Case for the iPad Air is available with Chester Creek’s color-coded keys for improved typing, speed and accuracy, or a black and white keyboard; both with extra-large, bold face font for increased visibility.  The iPad Air will rest securely with its built in, collapsible stand that can be angled for optimal viewing.

Contact us today to preorder your ChesterKeys&Case for the iPad® Air!

Chester Creek Technologies – 888-214-5450

ChesterKeys&Case Air Specifications:

  • Size:   10.39” x 7.17” X 1.22”
  • RoHS & CPSIA Compliant
  • Battery Life:   120 Hours
  • USB Charging Cable included
  • Bluetooth V3.0 compatible with iOS 3.2 and higher
  • Part #  TCK – Air (Black Keys); TCK-C – Air (Colored Keys)

iPad® is a registered trademark of Apple and not included.


The past few months have been a rush of travels for the Chester Creek team and we still have more to come!  We set out to learn more about our customers and find what you want and need.  We have been visiting with our customers and distributors as well as attending a trade show here and there.  Here’s where we’ve been and what we’ve been up to:

August brought us out to Boston, MA, to visit some of our best customers and to a Red Sox game!

In September we visited one of our largest distributors, D & H, and visited with other Pennsylvania customers.

October arrived and we traveled to Mashantucket, Connecticut, for the 9th Annual WB Mason Trade Show and Convention.  It was well attended and we had a blast!  Also, Connecticut has Fall Colors VERY similar to Duluth…just no Lake Superior.

Also in October, we traveled down to North Carolina to visit two education customers.  Another great trip with beautiful scenery like Duluth, but still no Lake Superior.  We really are spoiled up here, aren’t we?!?!

Here’s an idea of what’s to come for our travelin’ gang:

November we travel to Washington, DC, for the 2013 NAEYC Expo & Conference.  NAEYC stands for National Association for the Education of Young Children.  We are excited about this one as a lot of our customers will be here so we will get to visit with them, face to face!

In the New Year, we travel to Orlando, Florida, to attend the 2014 ATIA Conference.  The Assistive Technology Industry Association is a great place for us to be in January.

Lastly, in April we conclude our travels right here in Duluth, MN.  We will be attending the 2014 MACHE Home School Conference & Curriculum Fair.  The Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators is held at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) every year.

Let us know if you’ll be at one these events. We’d be happy to meet you!

Even though we are travelling, we still have a dedicated team at the office working hard to ensure everything runs smoothly!  We love meeting you, our customers, and hearing what you have to say about our products!

The Chester Shuffle

Lately, we’ve been busy sorting out prices, photos, flyers, and production of a whole slew of new products.  It’s kept us fairly busy, and you’ve seen some of the results of that.  This week and for the near future, we’re also busy with some rearrangements.  Paul, who has experience with school suppliers, has joined up, and we will hopefully have a graphic design artist joining us soon.  What that means is new desks, new computers, and a new living arrangement, if you will.  As it stands, Cari, Meg, Karen, Kathy, and Natasha share an office space, with Jim and Jack in offices, all attached to a central meeting space.  Soon, however, we will be rearranging. While Jim, Jack, and possibly Karen will be moving around in the two connected offices and a larger office upstairs, we will be juggling desks in here for a bit.   Please refer to this artfully drawn diagram.

"The Chester Shuffle"

"The Chester Shuffle"

Update: More shuffling! After less than an hour of life, my beautiful diagram is already obsolete.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day, all!  Do we all recognize the stunning cartoon to the left?  No?  But it’s Carl Sagan! Amazing astronomer of great renown.  He was a huge part  of the space program, made great discoveries about the universe and solar system, and starred in the awesome mashup music video below.  Carl Sagan also has the dubious honor of being featured in my new favorite Valentine, as you may have noticed.

In other space-related news, spacecraft Stardust is making a historical second fly by of a comet. Twelve years ago it was the first spacecraft to collect dust particles from a comet.  Now, it will be flying past a second comet, with only a cup of fuel left, to take pictures of a man-made crater.  This is the first time one comet has ever been studied by two different spacecraft.
Other items of interest:
  • Since 1986, more than 295 billion gigabytes of data have been stored.  In case you were wondering, thats a whole lot.
  • Playstation hops on the mobile tech bandwagon with a new smartphone that will feature 50 games, including the popular Splinter Cell, Guitar Hero, Assassin’s Creed, and more.
  • A new human-aware computer is taking on Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, both champions, on a special episode of Jeopardy airing tonight.  Jennings commented at a press conference, “One of the first things I thought was, ‘This time, I’m not just playing to pay my mortgage or something, or to feed my kid’s college fund, I’m actually sort of representing 7 billion human beings against our new machine tyrants.’”
  • Research in Motion, makers of the BlackBerry smart phone, are releasing a new tablet, the Playbook, which will function on three different 4G networks.  This can be contrasted to the super-popular iPad, which is not yet available for the faster 4G.
  • Our new software bundles are in!  Each bundle contains five titles, which in turn contain fun and educational games or programs.Look for these up on the website soon!

Software Bundles

I know, I know.  We’ve been telling you all about new products that we’re coming out with, but actual introduction of the items for sale has been slow.

TextSpeak is up. This is a great, ultra-portable little Augmentative Communication keyboard device that allows people to talk through their keyboard, no computer required.

Braille Stickers are up.  These are the only Braille stickers for large-key keyboards, and are clear so that the large-print legend remains visible.

Headphones and the LittleMouse are new.  Chester Headphones are sturdy and adjustable enough for everyone, plus comfy and with convenient inline volume control.  The LittleMouse is perfect for kids still learning (color-coded!), or anyone who doesn’t want to worry about a scroll wheel.

Large-key numeric pad is up coming soon. This keypad is intended as a companion to any of our large-key keyboards for those who prefer the grid layout of numbers, but is also useful paired with any keyboard for those who like or need larger keys.  The keypad should be available by the end of the month.

The Wireless VisionBoard should be in by the end of the month, as well.  This keyboard is very similar to our VisionBoard, but includes f-keys, and will be available in black and white to start with.

We also have some great educational software bundles coming in soon.  We will be offering a pre-K bundle and an early elementary bundle, both of which will feature five titles.

The pre-K bundle will feature:

Baileys Book House
Millie’s Math House
Trudys Time and Place House
Sammy Science House
Thinking Things Toony the Loons Lagoon

Our early elementary bundle will include:
Mighty Math Carnival Countdown
Reader Rabbit 1st Grade
Typing Instructor for Kids Platinum
Reader Rabbit 2nd grade
Zoombinis Island Odyssey

Fabulous February

Well, February has rolled around again, and you know what that means. My birthday! And a whole bunch of other stuff.

Groundhog’s day was today, and groundhogs around the world are ready for Spring. As am I. However, some wonder whether we’ve been doing it wrong.  Despite good forecasts by the mammalia, a huge winter storm is pounding the Midwest and Northeast.

Other fabulous February events include Black History Month, remembering  important people and events in the history of the African diaspora, and encouraging today’s youth.

Also this month is the Mobile World Congress, an annual show being held in Spain featuring new technologies, as well as Valentine’s Day, a much lower-tech event on the same day.

In the astronomical field, February marks a large discorvery of exoplanets — some of which are pretty weird — by the Kepler Space Telescope, as well as the mock arrival of a mock space mission to a mock Mars.

Completely unrelated, a new Harvard report says that college shouldn’t be pushed quite so hard for students, the TSA is working on a less invasive body scan, and Google is accusing Microsoft search engine Bing of cheating – copying results from Google’s search engine.

What’s new for you in February?