With the barrage of smartphones releasing every month, the phone case
manufacturing industry is thriving and constantly innovating.
Manufacturers are trying different things to attract users ranging from
battery packs on the case to solar-powered charging cases. There is no
dearth of options.
Two manufacturers recently announced
innovative cases that dare to think different. One of them is an
established player in the accessories segment and the other is a fairly
Modular smartphones may
become a reality in the near future (read: Project Ara),
but Logitech on Thursday introduced to the world a unique modular
iPhone case - Case+. Logitech's Case+ essentially acts as the system's
base and has an exposed back metal plate which works as a magnetic
mounting point for accessory add-ons. There are four '+' add-ons that
are currently available.
The +Tilt add-on for the Logitech
Case+ resembles an iPad Smart Cover and is offered in two different
cover materials. It features a magnetic mounting system that attaches a
connected iPhone to any metal surface. It can also be converted into a
kickstand for viewing videos and headphones can be wrapped around the
phone and locked in place in one of the tri-panel. The +Energy is an
external battery pack that can be attached to the iPhone for charging
The +Drive is a standalone product which features a
twist-to-lock suction cup base that can latch onto a windshield or
dashboard. A universal adapter is also included for use with any other
device. Finally, and as the name suggests, the +Wallet lets users carry
credit cards, keys and cash on the back of their phone. The accessory
manufacturer states that a 'Magnashield' technology will block the Case+
from demagnetizing cards with magnetic strips.
Logitech Case+ iPhone case is expected to go on sale in the U.S. later
this month for a hefty price tag of $200 (approximately Rs. 12,042) and
will include all the '+' accessories. We have no word on whether users
will be able to purchase individual attachments separately later.
is a kickstarter project of Concepter based out of Ukraine. This
interesting iPhone cover
uses LEDs to display notifications on the cover using the
electromagnetic energy emitted by the phone.
explain how the electromagnetic energy conversion works. 'Electronic
devices emit very small amounts of electromagnetic energy. The energy
surrounds most technological products in our daily life. People have
endeavoured to harness this energy and make it usable. We decided to
transform the unused energy from the iPhone into a notification system
on the back of the phone. Thus, we started to use the unused.'
Lunecase does not have any internal battery and just needs to be
snapped on for it to work. Also, it only works on GSM networks. The
notifications do not identify the caller when someone calls or display
any line of the text message, however.
Concepter has already
reached its goal of $50,000 dollars on kickstarter and interested users can head to this page to back the project. We are
intrigued by the tech on offer here and can't wait for its fruition.