"If Frank Gehry combined an iPhone case
and a wallet, you'd have these cases
from Basic." - LA I’m Yours
"Not having to carry something extra to have your wallet essentials around is awesome and they are 100% made in the USA with recyclable plastic. All we are saying is back this Kickstarter project, we did!" - Über Apparatus
Lose Your Wallet
If you really think about it, most of the time you're only using a few cards on a daily basis and maybe some cash, and the Apollo cases are meant to hold just that.
The Apollo series is a collection of two cases that solve the problem of how to get rid of your wallet without losing what you need. Not having to carry something extra to have your wallet essentials around is awesome! But when you're asking people to give up their wallets for something so tailored in application, we knew everyone wouldn't have the same needs, so we made two:
The 3C carries a maximum of three credit cards or anything equivalent in thickness, and the 4C+ will carry a maximum of four cards and 2 bills or anything equivalent in thickness.
They both come in 3 colors: Matte Black, Matte White, and Champagne Gold.
The Champagne gold color will actually be created by using a mixture of metal flakes within the colored plastic to give it a dynamic appearance in different angles or lighting conditions, compared to our Matte colors which will appear more consistent.
They're also brand-less.
We don't really appreciate it when brands mark up their work with big logos or use them to make otherwise generic products interesting, so we chose to practice what we preach. We wanted to add something unique to the experience of owning the product, but not be obnoxiously present during daily use, so we are planning to add some details inside the back of the case which only the owner will see. We're also considering adding some imagery that would have some variation from case to case, or possibly giving you, our Kickstarter backers, a place to sign your work for helping bring these cases into this world.
How They Work
The cases operate by using your fingers to push content in and out of the case and rely on good old fashion friction to keep your content safe, because nothing is easier to use or more dependable than physics and your hands. The trustworthy hold is achieved with the structurally rigid body and precise pocket tolerances designed to securely carry credit cards, drivers licenses, or anything else of that shape no matter if there is one card inside the case, or it's full.
How They Compare
Above: Other brand iPhone 5 case holding 4 cards and 2 bills (left) vs. Apollo 4C+ holding the exact same load (right).
Above: Other brand iPhone 5 case which holds nothing (left) vs. Apollo 3C which holds 3 cards (right).
The Apollo cases give you the functionality of a wallet with capacity and ease of use that has never been seen before in an iPhone case, at a thickness that is hard to believe.
Check out our video comparing our cases to many other popular cases on the market (below):
An Inseparable System
Thin, strong, simple, efficient and beautiful are hard qualities to bring together in one object, but we think we achieved this with the Apollo cases and we did so by not letting any element of the project serve only one purpose. Each feature of the cases relies on another to exist:
The single contiguous and curvaceous surface gives the material strength superior to a more common orthogonal design by removing concentrated stress areas and more evenly distributing loads across the surface as needed. This is how the cases can be so thin without the risk of being brittle.
Knowing that this kind of 'crest' detailing was necessary to achieve the thinness that we wanted, we again made this work for us in another way: By tailoring the placement and shape of the two crests in conjunction with the overall proportions of the case, those crests now serve as support for your thumb when moving content in and out of the case, and make the case comfortable and secure to hold.
All Things Considered (& Reconsidered)
Each Apollo case has been meticulously designed to be user-friendly and efficient, in the most simple and thin form possible. And like many of our favorite things, we believe they beautifully "wear in" rather than "wear out" due to their non-mechanical operation and paint-less construction and are proudly 100% made in the USA using simply an environmentally friendly and highly recyclable plastic.
Efficient & Natural
If you're into carrying less but also having what you are carrying do more, then the Apollo cases were made for you.The greatness of the Apollo series is reflected not only in their ability to let your most versatile daily-carry item (your iPhone) now serve as your wallet too, but also that they do it in a way that is instinctual, efficient and comfortable to hold.
On top of being convenient, simple and easy to use, what also makes these cases so enjoyable is the fact that they are so thin and almost more importantly, that they feel thin too. Our three card carrying model (the 3C) is barely, if at all, thicker than other people's plain rubber cases that carry nothing, and the Apollo cases also taper at the corners to further create the experience of thinness. So really you're getting a tactile sensation that's even better than what you're used to, but now your phone holds cards too.
Apollo: Inspiration and Namesake
To put it simply, we began this project out of the frustration of looking for something like the Apollo cases for so long, and finally deciding we could and should make the one we imagined instead. The thought of making a case we could be proud of and would love to use ourselves is what has brought us to this point and we couldn't be more excited about it.
The overall aesthetic of the case was inspired by the dynamic forms of sand dunes and their diverse ability to be both very simple and uniquely beautiful. Sand dunes also lack a predefined shape and instead are naturally formed by the environmental forces which interact with it (like the wind). All of these traits we have embedded in the Apollo cases: they are both minimalistic, yet uniquely beautiful, and are contoured for strength but are also shaped based on the human hand that uses it.
When looking to name the cases, we wanted something which would credit the beauty of the desert and its maker and that's what led us to 'Apollo'. Our deserts would not exist without the sun, and according to Greek and Roman mythology, there would be no sun without Apollo riding his chariot across the sky each day. (Plus it's mystical and we like that).
After Kickstarter Ends (Funding Successful)
After the successful funding and close of our Kickstarter, this is what's left to be done before we can get the cases into your hands:
1. Create and refine the steel molds for production.
Our manufacturer is fully informed on the details of this project and we have already discussed mold mechanics and areas of possible issue to account for in detail, as well as creating an estimated timeframe for production and refining of the molds.
2. Test the quality, finish and coloring of the final plastics.
This is all done with the same manufacturer, and takes much less time then making the steel molds, but could possibly take up to a couple weeks to get the perfection we're looking for.
3. Make test batch runs of the product and check for consistency of quality and functionality.
If there are any errors here, the molds or how the product is produced must be tweaked until we get a consistency that is dependable. The chances of there being an issue with mass production compared to our test runs is low due to the consistent nature of the material and process that is used to create the cases, however, if there are any issues that arise at this point, the manufacturer has stated that they will rectify any inconsistencies until we are happy with the product being created.
4. Make final run cases to fulfill orders.
This is a completely automated process, and should only take a couple of days depending on the volume.
5. Assemble packaging and distribute!
Depending on the volume of the cases we sell, we will either be packaging and shipping the products ourselves, or going with a third party packaging and distribution company which we have arrangements made with in order to expedite the process.
And thats it!
We wanted to list all of this in detail because we've been in experiences through Kickstarter where the product has taken much longer to produce then what was expected, and we wanted to give you the knowledge that we are very aware of what's coming up on a real level, and how to get it done so that you don't have to worry that this project could become one of 'those' projects.
And after all of that is complete, you receive your pledge rewards at your door with a giant THANK YOU and, if you live in LA, a real smiling person will deliver it to you with a real hug (hug is optional).
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