iShutter is an easy, discrete way to ensure your privacy by shielding your Macbook’s webcam
iShutter was invented to prevent those potentially awkward moments when your webcam is accidentally enabled during a Skype conversation or an online conference call. No one wants to get famous from an unintentional embarrassing or personal video going viral!
That’s why we created iShutter to be a simple, discrete, always-on solution. A magnetic metal strip that allows you to physically block the embedded webcam on a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air laptop, it's designed to be able to stay on your computer at all times, even when the lid is closed.
iShutter has an opening in the center of the strip that lets you easily enable your webcam by sliding the strip left or right, and then block the camera when not in use. Made from cold rolled steel, iShutter is mounted by leveraging existing magnets in your MacBook’s lid and it does not interfere with the laptop’s ability to fully close and stay closed.
The strategic placement and shape of iShutter makes it the perfect option for personalization as well. Company logos or custom messaging can be easily engraved on either side of the window for display whenever the computer is open.
Since 2008, all MacBooks now use magnets to keep the lids closed. These magnets are located the same distance from each other and the same distance from the built-in web camera. 11”, 13” and 15” MacBooks all share this common location of magnets.
Most MacBooks also have the web camera vertically aligned with the magnets except MacBook Airs and newer generation MacBook Pros. These have a vertical offset of 2.5mm. Because of this variant, we designed iShutter to have a wider aperture opening to accommodate all models with a single design. iShutter design is Patent Pending (US and International).
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The iShutter prototype is currently cut using high power CO2 Lasers. This process can leave rough edges that require post-processing treatments to make them smooth. Laser cutting also makes pre-coating a challenge, as coating material will have to tolerate intensive heat. If we can't make laser-cutting work properly, we will look into alternative options to optimize the process and quality. Options include using alternative materials that require less power to cut or using different cutting processes such as waterjet or stamping. Our team will ensure that a cost effective and efficient method is selected.
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