12/2/2011 Design Changes!
The CASELLET design team is excited to announce some design revisions that we have made in the last 10 days. After manufacturing the prototype, we stress tested all components and showed off the prototype to many local backers. Here were some features of CASELLET that has been revised:
•Card Slot - Many local backers felt the cover made it difficult to access the rear cards. The CASELLET team has re-designed the card slot so cards can be vertically inserted now. We also removed the DESIGNATED cash slot so now CASELLET can hold 3 Cards & cash like before, or 4 cards. This increases the versatility of the case for those of you that need to carry more cards.
• Mirror Removed - Due to the lack of response for the mirror, we have removed it as an option in order to make the case thinner. We shaved off another 1/32" of the total thickness of the case
• Live Hinge to Soft Hinge - The design team felt that the hinge was too weak and would be prone to snapping if the cover was bent back too much. We've installed a soft silicone hinge that will be connecting the two pieces of the case. This type of hinge will eliminate the chance of the cover being hyper-extended
• Front Glass Protection - The side barriers of the case has been extended to protrude the front screen. The front glass now stands a good chance from accidental drops.
•Release Button - Backers with bigger fingers, along with myself had trouble quickly opening CASELLET since the release button was small. It has been enlarged horizontally for easy, one hand access.
•Backing - Backers & the CASELLET team felt the 304 Stainless Steel backing was an overkill and was too heavy. We're now in the process of sourcing 28 gauge Anodized Brushed Aluminum backplates.
That's it for now! We're confident that all of these changes will satisfy everyone, but please leave a comment and let us know what you think! Thanks again to all my backers and let's get CASELLET funded!
- The CASELLET Team
CASELLET, simply put, is an iphone4/S case that doubles as a wallet. It has been designed to store enough items to eliminate the necessity of a wallet on a day to day basis. Unlike most phone case wallets, CASELLET can carry cash just as easily as it carries cards and it conceals all your items. With a polycarbonate shell, brushed stainless steel or wood back, and only adding 8mm of thickness, CASELLET truly is -- The Ultimate iPhone4/S Case Wallet--.
The Case: CASELLET is based off the popular thin profile case. The thin case provides maximum back, side and corner protection while leaving ample room for chargers or off-size headphone jacks.
Open Face: We all use our phones to text/call/email much more frequently than we use our wallet so we knew we didn’t want a flap or enclosure blocking the screen!
Cash Slot: This was a challenging task. If you line up a bill sideways to the iphone4/4S, you’ll see that the width of a bill is wider than the phone itself. Because of this, the CASELLET team has created a way to carry cash without having to manually fold bills into thirds or fourths. You simply fold the bill in half, insert it in the designated slot and closing the case will automatically fold the bills again. CASELLET can store anywhere from 6 bills to 12 bills depending on cards carried.
Card Holder: Almost every person that we surveyed agreed that having an ID card, credit card, and banking card would be perfect for daily use. CASELLET has a 3 card holder to fulfill this requirement while staying incredibly thin.
The Design: CASELLET has been through 4 design revisions, and we believe we finally got it. Every single piece was designed to ensure that CASELLET would be a top tier product. Whether it be the quick release clasp, the funneling opening, or triple hinge system, no detail was overlooked.
The Prototype: As seen in the video, CASELLET has a finished and functional prototype. Although the prototype does a great job of portraying the features fo CASELLET, please note that the prototype is made out of ABS plastic so it's rough around the edges and contain uniform groves on flat areas. This is in no way part of the design. The finished polycarbonate material will be 100% smooth with a matte finish as seen in the product renders and have 4 times the structural integrity compared to the prototype.
Funding: CASELLET is 100% ready for production. The funding goal has been set to quotes we've received from manufacturers. This include:
- Additional prototypes if needed
- Tooling for injection molding
- Lasercutting and etch engraving steel pieces
- Lasercutting and laser engraving wooden pieces
- Packaging & Shipping
So this is where you come in! In order for CASELLET to become a reality, we will need your help. Any dollar pledged would be greatly appreciated. Nevertheless, if you pledge $40 or more, you will be essentially pre-ordering and reserving one or more CASELLET's from the first batch of production! If the goal is met, our target ship date is mid January. If you're purchasing CASELLET as a holiday gift, we will ship out postcards so you can let your friends and family know their gift is on the way!
We’re not just another phone case, the product tells a story and we want direct feedback from the Kickstarter backers and our future revisions will be tailored to your input. We want the contributors to be part of the final product and all backers will forever hold a place on the "Kickstarter Backer Wall" on our website. Even if you can't back the project, please spread the word and introduce CASELLET to anybody that has an iPhone4/4S, or even if they don't! We hope that you are as excited as we are about CASELLET and choose to support our project. Lastly, our website will be constantly updated throughout the kickstarter campaign, so please check back often.
Official Twitter: @CASELLET
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