PopSockets is an iPhone case with expanding buttons for propping, gaming, holstering, headset management, and looking good.
Thanks for your interest in my project! I've spent the last year developing a better case for iPhones. After nearly 60 cycles of designing, prototyping, and revising, I teamed up with the engineers and industrial designers at Speck Design. With their help, my case is now ready for manufacture. (The cases that you saw in my video are just appearance models.) Your pledge will help me to raise the money I need to pay for the manufacturing tools. By pledging $25 or more, you are essentially pre-ordering your own PopSockets case -- if I reach my $12,000 goal, my project will be funded, and I'll send you one of the very first cases -- for iPhone 4/4S or iPod Touch, your choice -- as soon as they are made (late February / early March for 4/4S; March/April for iTouch).
[Update: I reached my $12K goal in only 5 days. I'm ecstatic about all the support for PopSockets! What I raise beyond $12K will be used to pay for my initial inventory of PopSockets -- the more I raise, the greater variety of colors and designs I'll be able to offer. So my new goal is $20,000. Thanks for your continued support, and for spreading the word!]
My case has two expanding sockets that function as a kickstand, a headset management system, a pocketless clip, a gaming cradle, a shoulder stand, and a one-hand stand (illustrations below). The sockets are replaceable and come in a range of designs, so it's easy and fun to control the look of the case.
PopSockets cases will come with two solid-colored sockets. I'll offer designer sockets, with graphics, separately. You can help me pick the initial color schemes and socket graphics by answering a survey that I'll send you if you support my project. I'd love to hear what you think. Here are a few candidate color schemes, compliments of my sister, Christine:
And here are some socket graphics, compliments of my friends at BRAINBOWINC):
Below are PopSockets with their sockets fully collapsed and fully expanded:
Thanks again for visiting my page! One of the best ways you can support my project is to spread the word by sharing my Kickstarter link with your friends and family.
Special thanks to Lawrence Carlson for his help in the early development of the socket mechanism.
Finally, a huge round of applause for Adam Pérou Hermans for his countless hours shooting and editing my Kickstarter video. It was great working with you, Adam!
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If all goes well, yes. It's in the plan. I just need to get things rolling with the iPhone and iPod Touch. Then I hope to expand to the Android market.
If all goes well, yes. I've already got the initial design.
2.4 inches wide x 4.7 inches long x .6 inches thick, with sockets collapsed. The .6 includes a protective lip around the front of the iPhone. I've tried my best to keep the case as thin as possible without compromising functionality. To give you a few points of reference, one case I like, the http://www.case-mate.com/iPhone-4-Cases/Case-Mate-iPhone-4-4S-Tank-Cases.asp, is .75 inches thick; another, the https://www.speckproducts.com/candyshell-card-for-iphone-4.html, is .8 inches thick; and another, the http://www.otterbox.com/iPhone-4-Defender-Series-Case/APL2-I4XXX,default,pd.html…, is .67 inches thick. The PopSockets case is thinner and includes two functional, expanding, sockets.
PopSockets has patent pending status.