About this project
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CoolMaterial - "it’s designed like a cellphone. It’s optimized for your pants [...] It also doubles as a cell phone stand and has a secret compartment. Come on. Who doesn’t love secret compartments?"
GizMag - "The Cobra Wallet is an incredibly thin wallet [...] What really makes it special, however, is the fact that it can also be used as a stand for your smartphone."
and many more!
The Cobra Wallet
We are entrepreneurs and frequent travelers. Josh works day to day with CAD models to bring hardware designs to life. Alex works day to day with product design and software.
We spent years searching for the perfect wallet and since we couldn't find it, we decided to design it ourselves. The Cobra Wallet has fine curves, designed to match your phone. It's under half an inch thin and can hold at least 8 cards and a couple bills.
The wallet is inspired by the industrial design of modern mobile devices and our experiences with using over a dozen different wallets and card cases. Now let's take a look at specific areas of the wallet.
The Form Factor and Materials
Most phones either have a curved back or a very thin profile. These form factors help minimize the phone’s outline in the pant pocket. We chose to go with the back curved form factor for the wallet, because it does two things: 1) the curved part hides well from the outside perspective by reducing pant creases, and 2) the flat part holds well against the leg. By having one side flat, the wallet is held consistently in the pocket, so when you take it out you'll know in what order to expect the cards without thinking about it!
The Cobra Wallet has two 316 stainless steel cores for rigidity, corrosion resistance, and RFID protection. The stainless steel is spring tempered to allow the wallet to flex and snap back into the right shape. The cores also form the hinge and clasp so you can be sure that they will last. The cores are covered with a unique plastic material called thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), which is commonly used in cell phone cases. TPU is the perfect material for a wallet! A plastic material that is flexible yet is durable and has excellent resistance to abrasion, oils, and grease. This plastic skin gives the Cobra Wallet its curved shape, smooth finish, and a perfect fit in the pocket.
Based on our research and experimentation over the past 2 years, the wallet has to accommodate at least 8 cards. Eight cards is enough for most situations. The flexible bumpers on the sides of the wallet prevent the cards from rattling no matter how many cards are carried.
We’ve tried over a dozen different business/credit card cases and wallets, new and old. Most of them require you to take out all the cards and shuffle through them to find the card you need. This attracts attention and takes time. When you open the Cobra Wallet, your 2 most used cards are on top for quick access. If you need to shuffle through the rest of the cards, you can slide them onto the open top cover inside the wallet, or you can easily pop the full card stack into or out of the wallet base.
Cash and Bills
While cards are a popular method of payment, it’s good to have some cash for emergencies. We added a hidden compartment inside the Cobra Wallet to hold a few bills. This secret compartment is inside the top cover of the wallet. You can also use this compartment for a key, a memory card, or anything else you might want to keep in your wallet.
We want the Cobra Wallet to make a statement. It should match your phone, your style, and your personality! You can choose from any of the colors we have available: royal blue, orange soda, sizzling red, arctic white, and the limited edition of Kickstarter Green.
Compliment Your Phone
When we say that the Cobra Wallet compliments your phone, we don’t mean just in looks. We designed the Cobra Wallet to let you stabilize and hold your phone for watching videos and taking pictures. It works whether you have an iPhone or an Android. It even works if your phone is in a case!
Pair your wallet with your phone to watch a video hands free on a desk or table, share with friends and even take a picture or video with the help of your Cobra Wallet!
Personalize Your Wallet
The back of the wallet contains a metallic opening, which is perfect for engraving. So you can take the wallet to a local shop that does engraving and have a truly personalized wallet. Our favorite is the gold electroplated Cobra Wallet with a black laser engraving!
The Cobra Wallet requires four fabrication tools to be built for mass production; two sets of stamping dies for the two stainless steel cores, and two sets of injection mold tools to encapsulate the stainless steel cores with thermoplastic polyurethane and complete the top and bottom overmolded components that make up the Cobra Wallet. The tools are expensive, but we have found manufactures in Asia that are lined up to produce the tooling and the components that we need.
Where You Come In
We had high quality prototypes manufactured using real stainless steel and polyurethane materials to test out the design and have been using them for weeks! With a few tweaks to the prototypes to update the logo, adjust the phone stops, and accommodate 2 additional cards the final design is completed and ready for production tooling! With your help we can hit the minimum order needed to manufacture the first run of Cobra Wallets.
Did you know that Kickstarter is an all or nothing deal? This means that if we are unable to meet our funding goal, then no money will be collected.
Our funding goal is $30,000 which is required to pay for the expensive tooling used to make the Cobra Wallet. With your support we can meet our goal and share this awesome wallet with the world!
We hope you choose to make the Cobra Wallet your wallet. Thanks for checking us out!
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Missed our Kickstarter campaign? Pre-order at CobraWallet.com!
Yes! Look for our upcoming iPhone 5 update for pictures of the Cobra Wallet being used with an iPhone 5.
The wallet is designed to work with any phone! The phone positioning features aren't specific to any brand and there are multiple sets of hold points to accommodate phones of various widths, lengths, and contours!
Sure! Alex recorded a video for you of him using the original Cobra Wallet prototype! Take a look http://youtu.be/J_KO3I0zXeg
The stainless steel cores form the clasp and hinge which hold the wallet closed and allow it to open. It snaps open and closed by pressing the top and bottom together/apart. Clean and integrated.
The wallet is designed to have some flex so that it contours the body making it super comfortable in any pocket. The plastic is a TPU which is flexible. The steel is thin and acts like a spring to flex and return to its original shape.
Yes! Please go to our web site at www.CobraWallet.com to find out how.
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