About this project
Thanks for stopping by! If you have missed our TAKTIK project on Kickstarter, please come visit us at LUNATIK, where you can pre-order TAKTIK. We hope you will continue to follow our progress! --Scott Wilson and the MINIMAL Team
Read what others are saying about TAKTIK:
"The beauty of TAKTIK is the fusion of this impressive list of features with 1) aesthetics (who are you kidding, your Defender never looked this good) and 2) virtually undisturbed functionality." - Core77
"Didn’t think you’d spend $100 to protect your phone? Here’s a strong case for why you should." - Fast Co.Design
"TAKTIK: A rugged case for the iPhone that doesn’t look like crap." - The Next Web
"In the world of iPhone cases, TakTik is Les Stroud to Otterbox’s Bear Grylls–except much better looking." - Cool Material
"Gotta be funded." - Gotta Be Mobile
"TAKTIK. No, it’s not a breath mint, it is in fact an incredibly durable iPhone case. Of course, I use the term case very lightly. In real talk: it’s a tank." - Today’s iPhone
"Some peace of mind for those with butter fingers." - UberGizmo
"Robust enclosure that considers the essential details that most often go overlooked." - designboom
"TAKTIK: An iPhone Case Fit For RoboCop" - Guys Gab
"Initiated by their self-professed ethos of 'redefining protection' ... the latest LUNATIK TAKTIK iPhone case." - HYPEBEAST
"Protection of the highest order." - Gear Patrol
"Creators of popular LunaTik iPod nano straps bringing their design to the iPhone with TAKTIK." - 9to5 Mac
"Built to withstand a full-on Cylon invasion." - iMore
Now available: TAKTIK iPhone 5 case pledge level
Using protection isn't always pretty. That's why we've decided to inject our LUNATIK design DNA into protective cases. This is the DNA that fathered the TikTok+LunaTik and the LUNATIK Touch Pen. By obsessing over all the details that others neglect like fit, finish, details, feel, display integrity, robustness and aesthetics, we are raising the bar again. From the high sensitivity display protection of our Gorilla Glass Lens to our patent pending shockproof suspension system, we have gone above and beyond to transform the iPhone into a refined and rugged everyday warrior. We want people to be excited about using protection.
If you are tired of the same old box with sloppy features, we've got you covered with the TAKTIK iPhone Case by LUNATIK.
Now available: "Shadow Ops" Black Anodized Aluminum TAKTIK case
TAKTIK: Transformational Design
With TAKTIK we have focused on making a case that exceeds user expectations in the rugged case market and one that balances strong iconic aesthetics with innovative performance features. There is no reason you have to settle for one or the other. With TAKTIK you get both: a case that takes a beating and can turns heads at the same time.
TAKTIK transforms your iPhone through bold design, precision engineering and the best performance materials available.
Shockproof Suspension System
TAKTIK's shockproof suspension features a patent-pending 9mm Impact Truss silicone perimeter compressed between two durable Ballistik polymer bezels or anodized aluminum bezels. The front bezel includes an adhered compression seal liner to protect from rain seeping into the case. Our design for the rear bezel features an open, unobstructed camera pass through that maintains brilliant photo and flash quality almost as if the case wasn't there. This sandwich construction compresses the silicone truss creating a suspension system to cradle your iPhone like the precious baby it is.
Gorilla Glass Lens UPGRADE
Gorilla Glass is the hardest, thinnest, most durable glass that the iPhone uses for its display and it has defined the future of tactile interaction with mobile devices. Our biggest complaint with any tough case is the plastic display film that makes you feel like you are using a 1996 Palm Pilot. So we are doubling down with an optional upgrade: a sealed GORILLA Glass protective lens on the front bezel including anti-glare and anti-smudge coatings. You won't even know you are using protection and there's no loss of sensitivity or performance. Maintaining the interaction quality of the iPhone, it's soul, is essential and we have spared no expense to achieve this. Our Gorilla Glass lens alone costs more than our competitor's entire cases.
Gore Acoustic Ports
From spills and driving rain to the occasional toilet, the slightest bit of fluid can permeate your phone and cause the Apple Genius to say "no iPhone for you!" Someday soon all iPhones will be naturally water-resistant via nano coatings, but until then we are using GORE, the leader in environmental protection,to create a hydrophobic barrier for our speaker and mic porting.
Plug those Holes
Both the headset port and 30-pin connector are protected with gasket plugs that won't tear off after a few uses. Our iconic port cover for the headphone jack, inspired by Panerai watches, is machined from anodized aircraft grade aluminum and provides solid visual and tactile assurance that your port is secure. The 30-pin flap features a machined aluminum port plug ensuring better sealing and durability.
So many durable cases neglect the importance of silence. For uninterrupted quiet when your are ready to get down to business, we’ve provided easy access to the ringer switch. We wondered why the silence switch is always buried instead of being as simple as throwing a safety mechanism on a gun. Our patent-pending Silence Switch makes it fast and painless.
Why trust us with your baby?
From life-critical to lifestyle, we have designed dozens of performance products over the years and several products with durability, protection, and ruggedness ranging from point-of-care EMT ultrasound machines to intrinsically safe tools for hostile environments. We’ve learned a ton in the process: user needs, new materials, creative construction, fabrication techniques, and also plain old common sense. Whether it's survival, shocks, scratches, spills, slopes, or kids – and it's mostly kids– we’ve applied our experience in protection to TAKTIK.
iPhone 5: Future Proof
We all know it's coming. Many of us will make the jump to the iPhone 5 because we can't help ourselves. And many (millions) will stick with the 4/4s as well. We want to put everyone's iPhone 5 anxieties to rest, so we are developing both cases.
You will also get to experience the MINIMAL behind-the-scenes pre-announcement strategy, the Apple keynote hysteria, the post-announcement design and development frenzy, and the on-the-ground factory work needed to get the iPhone 5 product to market for Winter 2012. Protection never gets old, and new things need it the most.
TAKTIK iPhone 5 case
Pledge for the TAKTIK iPhone 5 case + UPGRADED Gorilla Glass lens (design, color, material and finish TBD) * US Shipping included. Add $20 for international shipping. **Est. delivery date for TAKTIK iPhone 5 case will be approx. 3 months after the iPhone 5 launch.
While the TAKTIK 4/4S case is offered in many colors, materials, finishes and upgrades, it's difficult for us to say we will be able to offer those same choices for the TAKTIK iPhone 5 case. We promise to deliver something worthy of the TAKTIK 4/4S product- color, finish and materials to come.
Future Proof Pack
The Future Proof Pack provides immediate protection for your 4/4S and lets you come along for the entire design and development for the iPhone 5.
Pledge for the Future Proof Pack and receive one TAKTIK iPhone 4/4S case (choose from Black or White Polymer Bezels or Silver Anodized Aluminum) and one TAKTIK iPhone 5 case + UPGRADED Gorilla Glass lens(choice of plastic and metal colors TBD). The TAKTIK iPhone 5 case will ship separately from TAKTIK iPhone 4/4S cases. Estimated 3 months after iPhone 5 launch.
Mix 'n Match Pack
Pledge for the Mix 'n Match Pack and receive one set of Serialized Black Anodized Aluminum Bezels with our UPGRADED Gorilla Glass Lens, one set of White Polymer Bezels with UPGRADED Gorilla Glass Lens, four Silicone Impact Trusses in Black, LUNATIK Yellow, Hot Pink, and Glow in the Dark (yep, we're with you even in the darkest of places), four 3.5 Port Covers in Black, Silver, Red and Orange and (1) Key chain hex tool all for iPhone 4/4S case.
Riding dirty with the TAKTIK Bike Mount
A case this rugged deserves a nice ride. We designed the TAKTIK Bike Mount for the urban dweller, trekker and mountain down-hiller to be with you wherever and however you roam. The three-piece design – holster, clip and mount mechanism - provides freedom of movement and placement on most bikes. The perforated holster is detachable for future accessory lines and attachments. Like the TAKTIK case, the mount doesn’t compromise any functionality of the device. It's an option, but we think its essential.
Add $50 to any pledge level to receive the TAKTIK Holster + Bike Mount.
This item will ship separately from TAKTIK iPhone 4/4S cases at no additional cost to Backers. Estimated shipping Sept. 2012
After clicking any pledge Level, simply add an additional $50 to the pledge amount on the following screens. If you have already pledged and would like to add the Holster + Bike Mount, click the blue "Manage Your Pledge" button and add $50 to the amount in the box.
A metal case the iPhone likes
Metal cases and the iPhone historically don't play well together. No one has successfully made a metal case that works well with antennas in the US. We knew making our bezels out of metal might work in Hong Kong and China where their wireless infrastructure is far stronger than the US. To our surprise, however, the metal housings are working without issue in Chicago and we plan to test them elsewhere during the project. Essentially, it works the same as if you were using the iPhone in your bare hand without a typical case. So if you are looking for something to disrupt the conversation even more, go for TAKTIK Aluminum.
We have designed the TAKTIK with military specifications in mind, leveraging our past experience designing field medical equipment and intrinsically safe gear and tools. We are currently testing our prototypes. The next step is to test production parts in a certified lab to quantify and validate the final rating level. This is part of the process of designing environmentally resistant products.
Kickstart us the rest of the way
LUNATIK is a brand conceived and validated via crowd funding. We were born on Kickstarter and love the community we've built and value your input and loyalty. We’re excited and extremely fortunate to be back in 2012 launching our 3rd KS project.
Our backers - more than 17,000 of you to date - are the reason for our success. You propel us to design premium products for the mobile, connected, active, tech-savvy consumer.
Kickstarter is a great way for us to test and realize many of the ideas we think people will love. We believe in the emerging power of community and the individual to bring ideas to life and challenge convention. In the next 30 days, we will be turning our prototype parts into reality. Here are some areas where your pledge money will help to make the product a reality:
- Tooling & Development
- Testing for MIL STD 810G at certified labs on the protective features in our case
- Minimum Order Quantities (Factories often require MOQs in the thousands of units per design)
- Development trips over the next several months to manage and oversee development with our partners.
Delivered and in your hands
With your support we are targeting to have TAKTIK iPhone 4/4S case to every backer by mid-August and iPhone 5 before the holidays. We hope that you are inspired and excited by the idea and choose to support the project. Either way, please spread the word and share with your friends.
The dimensions are 133mm x 77mm x 18mm and size does matter. The 9mm Silicone Impact Truss around the perimeter of the iPhone is critical for protection. This truss is exposed and designed to compress. However, in order to maintain usability, the design of the impact bezels are tapered for a more ergonomic feel and easier insertion into pockets. The TAKTIK is comparable in thickness to other ultimate protection cases in the market.
The weight of the of high impact polymer case without Corning Gorilla glass is 95g and with Corning Gorilla glass is 105g. The weight of the aluminum case with Corning Gorilla glass is 135g.
You can customize your bezel color ONLY. Choose to receive 2 polymer bezel set (Black or White) OR 1 polymer (Black or White) bezel set and 1 anodized aluminum (Silver or Black) bezel set. The pack includes enough pieces for two complete cases. The number of variations you could create is over 40 and we hope you enjoy them all.
LUNATIK stands behind its products but glass is only strong as its largest flaw and on the iPhone 4S the exposed edges of the glass are especially susceptible to damage. Since Corning Gorilla Glass material is strong on face impact but weak on edge impact, our design does not expose the edge of the Gorilla Glass. While Corning Gorilla Glass provides exceptional performance and protection, it will not protect against sharp direct impacts. However, the second layer of Corning Gorilla Glass adds another buffer of protection for the iPhone 4S glass while still maintaining excellent touch screen sensitivity and accuracy response.
The base TAKTIK model that comes without the Corning Gorilla Glass Protective Lens Upgrade still offers premium protection to iPhone 4S glass by protecting the edges through the 9mm Impact Truss and High Impact Bezel Design.
No. The TAKTIK was designed first and foremost for protection. 30-pin extension cables are available for dock compatibility.
No, the second layer of Corning Gorilla Glass maintains excellent touch screen sensitivity and accuracy response. The additional benefit is a exceptionally clean, smooth, flat surface with outstanding optical clarity – something you just don’t achieve with other plastic screen protectors and layers. Should we add the anti-glare and anti-smudge?
Yes, please contact customer service at email@example.com.
We designed for MIL STD 810g dust, impact and water resistancy, but the short answer is NO. It is water and dust resistant, which in practical terms means it will protect against limited exposure to rain, water spray and possibly an accidental drop in the toilet or a puddle. It is NOT fully enclosed and designed to be submerged. There are some areas of the case that we do not want to fully enclose because it would degrade the performance of the iPhone 4S – one area is the camera opening. We have designed TAKTIK to meet these standards but will need to verify performance through a 3rd party testing house once we have received production quality units for lab and field testing.
There has always been considerable confusion around this language due to the ratings you see on consumer electronics. Consumer electronics are classified based on the Ingress Protection rating system (IP) which rates the degree of protection from solid objects and liquids. The first digit rates protection against ingress of solid objects and the second digit rates against ingress of liquids. Based on the seals and acoustic vents we are using, we have designed for an IP6x rating which means total protection against dust. For protection against liquids, we have designed against an IPx5 which protects against low pressure jets of water from all directions; however, the case may also protect against a brief drop into water. Thus, our IP rating will be IP65 which is great for the reality of daily use both in the city and outdoors.
Another test standard that is often used is the MIL-STD-810G which is an updated revision of the previous standard MIL-STD-810F. This is a United States Army Standard that addresses a broad range of environmental tests to simulate conditions that the tested item will encounter in the field. This standard is flexible given the wide range of products it is designed to cover and all of the tests are not applicable. Plus, the iPhone 4S is not designed to MIL-STD-810F but the TAKTIK is designed to meet the standard when it comes to rain, sand and dust, vibration, shock, and drop. We have designed TAKTIK to meet some of these standards but will need to verify performance through a 3rd party testing house once we have received production quality units for lab and field testing.
We have no crystal ball for the iPhone 5 launch but we will not tool up any parts without first confirming the dimensions of the iPhone 5 with actual phones in order to deliver the quality and fit you expect from LUNATIK. We estimate we can deliver units within 3 months after the launch of iPhone 5.
The term shockproof refers to TAKTIK’s ability to absorb and withstand impact shock through the 9mm Silicone Impact Truss design when dropped. The high impact polymer and aluminum bezels also offer an additional layer of impact protection in the same way a helmet is designed.
We have designed TAKTIK to meet drop standards but will need to verify performance through a 3rd party testing house once we have received production quality units for testing.
The high impact polymer version has been designed according to Apple Case Design Guidelines and will not affect service or reception in any way.
For the Aluminum version, we suggest you watch the TAKTIK Antenna Video on the Kickstarter page. Apple Case Design Guidelines callout avoiding materials that absorb radio frequency energy that may impair or degrade antenna performance. Aluminum is one of those materials; however, to our surprise the aluminum bezels are working well with only a very slight degradation of the signal – about ½ a signal bar. We believe this minimal degradation is due in large part to the sandwich construction of the TAKTIK. The Silicone Impact Truss creates a buffer around the perimeter of the iPhone 4S exactly where the phone’s antenna lies thus the Aluminum bezel is offset from the phone so it doesn’t block the signal. We are willing to accept this to have a compelling, beautiful bezel option.
Current testing has been based on field testing with prototype units so we will need to verify performance of the Aluminum version through a 3rd party testing house once we have received production quality units.
Can I charge my phone, adjust volume, use my headphones, take a picture and hear the speakerphone with the case on?
Yes, we have maintained access to all ports and controls as per Apple’s Case Design Guidelines. We have also created a unique Silence Switch which allows for easy access to the ringer switch. The 3.5 HSJ port is compatible for headphones with at least 22 mm standoff (vertical height before any bend or increase in jack diameter).
Yes, TAKTIK has been designed with certain test parameters as our goal to define performance. Current testing has been based on field testing with prototype units so we will need to verify performance through a 3rd party testing house once we have received production quality units. Testing will be done to comply with applicable MIL-STD-810G and Ingress Protection test specifications.
Is the TAKTIK case compatible with the iPhone 4 and 4S ring/silent, volume and on/off buttons on both AT&T and Verizon models?
Yes, The TAKTIK case is designed with enough clearance to accomodate the subtle differences of button size and location between the 4 and 4S models and between AT&T and Verizon models. This was a must — we didn't want to comprise the function of our iPhones.
While we haven't tested all headphones and 3.5 devices, the TakTik will support newer headphones with small diameter casings like Apple's which many manufacturers are using today. For right angle headphones, if there is at least a 22mm stand off before the right angle, they will headphones will work.
This is also the case with other 3.5 devices (ie. Square reader). There must be at least a 22mm stand off before any larger diameter casing or component for the device.
Shipping to Canada is $15.
Yes, Gorilla Glass is included in the iPhone 5 case, that is, as long as we don't get any curve balls thrown at us. We promise to deliver something worthy of the TAKTIK 4/4S product- color, finish and materials to come.
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