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Swoppy - Turn your phone into fun!

Just swap it around onto your screen!
Just swap it around onto your screen!
 

Swoppy Phone Case:

  • Gameboy like transformation of your phone
  • Protects phone against knocks, drops and scrapes
  • 8 soft tactile buttons
  • No electronics or batteries are involved
  • Fully recyclable
  • Designed and made in New Zealand
  • Covers iPhone models 5, 5s, SE, 6, 6s, 7, 6 plus, 6s plus and 7 plus.
  • We add Android models once we reach minimum numbers, request your phone model here

Swoppy Web App:

  • Allows you to play your Gameboy games on your phone.
  • Just connect with Dropbox, load your games and start playing!
  • Runs on Android and iOS phones.
  • Especially designed for and included with every Swoppy case.

What is Swoppy?

A fun case that combines simplicity and functionality. Swoppy is for all of you that missed the buttons while playing games on mobile phones.

The Swoppy case uses great engineering and a durable material (most likely a material called Santoprene) to protect your phone but our tactile buttons that interact with your phone’s screen are the truly exciting bit. This combination alongside our Swoppy web app brings the joy of the past back to the now. Your phone is now also a handheld console.

Our Swoppy web app allows you to play your Gameboy games on your phone. This means you can play all your classics games like Pokemon, Tetris, Super Mario Land, Zelda and more! If you don’t own any games, no worries; there are plenty of free and open source games to choose from!

To get going with the Swoppy web app, all you need to do is download our app and connect to Dropbox! Most excitingly, our web app is compatible with most phones (Android and iOS) and is specially designed for and included with every Swoppy case.

The Swoppy case is fully recyclable, as well as designed and made in New Zealand. No electronics or batteries are involved! The setup process is easy: 

Step 0. Protect your phone!
Step 0. Protect your phone!

 

Step1. Download the web app to your phone’s home screen
Step1. Download the web app to your phone’s home screen

 

Step 2. Connect to Dropbox
Step 2. Connect to Dropbox

 

Step 3. Save games into Dropbox
Step 3. Save games into Dropbox

Don’t own any games? You can find some free and open source Gameboy ROMs from:  

  • pdroms.de
  • github.com/avivace/awesome-gbdev#games
  • google.com (Let Google be your friend!)
Step 4. When in the mood, select and play your stored games!
Step 4. When in the mood, select and play your stored games!

 

Step 5. Swap the case onto your phone's screen for the complete experience
Step 5. Swap the case onto your phone's screen for the complete experience

Why Now?

Simple; the classic games of the past still have their place today.

In our very hectic world, we all look for fun and escape from our daily lives. Often this is best done through looking back to the simple yet rich games of the past.

 

Why Swoppy?

Games should be able to be played anywhere, anytime. Straight from your pocket into your hands!

Smartphones have made this all possible by making portable gaming accessible to almost anyone.The problem is smartphones have sacrificed our ability to fully experience some of our games. Many classic 8-bit or 2d games were not designed to be experienced on a touchscreen, but with physical buttons instead. All we are left with now are many frustrating experiences; death by failed virtual button push anyone?

Tactile buttons provide the satisfying feeling of knowing your actions have the intended consequences; you know you are in control! By combining a protective case with buttons that can interact directly with your phone screen we have brought back tactile gaming. Swoppy allows you to play games that can only truly be experienced with physical buttons!

Gameboy emulators have been around for some time now. Yet many of us still are unable to play our Gameboy games on our phones! Why?

The key issue is emulators phone apps available today require you to go through a risky and time-consuming process (acquiring software “root” access). Who has the energy to figure that out? Generally, only hobbyist and geeks like us!

Our Swoppy web app emulator makes it simple to start playing your Gameboy Original and Color games.

Why Kickstarter?

Hardware is hard, especially for 9 different iPhone models. Because of the high costs involved in injection moulding the cases, we need to be able to fulfil a minimum order in order to be able to push forward forwards with Swoppy. We see Kickstarter as a great way to cover the expensive tooling/manufacturing processes for our cases.

We live here.
We live here.

We also live in Middle Earth (New Zealand) which is very far away from the rest of the world. While we are surrounded by beautiful scenery and awesome people, we want to open up and connect Swoppy with the world! We think everyone should be able to become a part of our story!

Rewards

Contributor Pixel

Own your pixel
Own your pixel

Swoppy Web App

Get our Swoppy web app for NZ$10
Get our Swoppy web app for NZ$10

What is it?

  • Allows you to play your Gameboy games on your phone.
  • Can play Pokemon, Tetris, Super Mario Land, Zelda and many more!
  • Just connect and plug your Gameboy Original or Color ROMs into Dropbox and start playing!
Supported phone models?
  • Guaranteed to work with iPhones: 5, 5s and SE 6, 6s and 7 6 plus, 6s plus and 7 plus. 
  • Designed to work with other phones including most Android phones. 
  • Disclaimer: Will not be fully tested with a guarantee for all Android phones.

Swoppy Pack

Swoppy Case & Web App Pack (AKA "Swoppy Pack")
Swoppy Case & Web App Pack (AKA "Swoppy Pack")

What is it?

  • Transforms your phone into a physical Gameboy.
  • Swoppy web app included.
  • Protects phone against knocks, drops and scrapes.
  • 8 soft tactile buttons. No electronics or batteries are involved!
  • Fully recyclable. Designed and made in New Zealand.

Supported phone models?

  • Swoppy cases only available for iPhones: 5, 5s and SE 6, 6s and 7 6 plus, 6s plus and 7 plus.

Party

All inclusive success party with founders in Christchurch, NZ. You will not leave thirsty or hungry!
All inclusive success party with founders in Christchurch, NZ. You will not leave thirsty or hungry!

Swoppy with USB Roulette

Get behind the scenes material and random stuff we enjoy on a USB
Get behind the scenes material and random stuff we enjoy on a USB

Hand Illustrated Swoppy

by the talented BeckyBoo

Every case will be unique!
Every case will be unique!

Swoppy with Mixtape

We love retro! What's nicer than someone making a mix-tape just for you?
We love retro! What's nicer than someone making a mix-tape just for you?

Swoppy Custom Case

Your custom case here!
Your custom case here!

What is it?

  • We will build a custom 3D printed Swoppy case that fits your phone.
  • We will create a custom Swoppy web app start screen.
  • Both Swoppy case and web app start screen will be customised to your preference.
Disclaimer. Will be subject to:
  • Your phone model’s technical specifications.
  • Our ability to measure and/or obtain your phone’s dimensions.

Stretch Goals

Let's make it colour!
Let's make it colour!
  • Want more case color options? Different colors will be made available when we reach NZ$79,000+
  • Want a Swoppy but don't have an iPhone? We add phone models as soon as we reach enough interest. Request your phone now!

How will Swoppy be delivered?

We'll get Swoppy in your hands asap!
We'll get Swoppy in your hands asap!

Product development went on for the last 9 months. We improved the product with lots of passion and attention to detail, invested time and our savings to get Swoppy ready to release it into the wild! Now you can help us get it to production.

Prototyping - our silicon mould
Prototyping - our silicon mould

With the Swoppy cases, we've organised production with a local manufacturer in New Zealand and put together multiple plans for international delivery. By building in New Zealand, we keep carbon emissions low while being able to deliver Swoppy cases using high-quality materials and processes. All cases will be fully recyclable, too.

Programming - our Emulator
Programming - our Emulator

With the Swoppy web app, all development is done in-house. The Gameboy emulator is ready to go! Our Swoppy web app will be accessible through our website so no need to wait for shipping!

Timeline

The past and future
The past and future
 

Who are we?

Team Swoppy
Team Swoppy

 

Our team of three is passionate and positive. We tackled all the challenges and jumped the hurdles and we are excited for the things to come

Regina is our Chief Unicorn Wrangler. She is a serial entrepreneur with a design background. Regina makes sure that the work gets done! She has built Swoppy's identity focusing on producing a sustainable product of high quality.

Aydin is our Lord Commander of Hacking. He loves making things! With a technical background in maths, science and engineering he is pushing to make Swoppy a reality!

Sara, is our beloved and invaluable volunteer. She came to our aid through thick and thin and has allowed us to make it to the other side!

Collaborators 

Our collaborators are vast and invaluable. We couldn't have done it without you! Thanks, everyone!  

Risks and challenges

As with any project, there are challenges and risks involved in delivering. We are not a special exception to this rule. We have aimed to make our Kickstarter as low risk as possible for you, our supporters, right from the get go.

We did all this by taking on all the responsibility for Swoppy over the last 9 months of development. During this time we have funded ourselves and pushed Swoppy through an iterative prototyping process.

We have actively sought after advice in manufacturing, distribution, legal and more and reduced risk to a minimum

Manufacturing:
As with all injection moulding processes, tooling and material decisions are critical. We have worked hard with our manufacturer in ensuring the buttons work well and the quality of the cases is high. However, just to be safe, we have allowed time for any unexpected changes or delays that may arise.

Location/Distribution:
We live in New Zealand, that is, if anything, only close to Australia. As a result, organising distribution and ensuring it all goes to plan is a big task. We have been putting together several options in case any one fails.

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    A pixel!

    Show your support with your own customised pixel on our contributors web page!

    NZ$1 ≈ US$0.72 ≈ €0.68

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    Web App Access

    ONE SWOPPY LICENCE to use our web app to play your GameBoy games!

    Disclaimer: Will not be fully tested with a guarantee for all Android phones.

    NZ$10 ≈ US$7.17 ≈ €6.81

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    SWOPPY CASE 48 hour Armageddon Special

    We are present at Christchurch Armageddon this year and want to celebrate that with a special 48 hour offer to you!

    GET OUR SWOPPY PACK FOR ONLY NZ$ 29.99

    NZ$29 ≈ US$20 ≈ €19

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    Party with Founders

    Come to the Kickstarter Success Party in Christchurch, NZ to celebrate with us! We'll look after you and make sure that you will have a great night!

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    Pledge NZ$ 40 or more About $29

    Super Early Bird Swoppy

    ONE SWOPPY PACK

    NZ$40 ≈ US$29 ≈ €27

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    Pledge NZ$ 50 or more About $36

    Early Bird Swoppy

    ONE SWOPPY PACK

    NZ$50 ≈ US$36 ≈ €34

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    • Swoppy Case
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    Pledge NZ$ 60 or more About $43

    Swoppy

    ONE SWOPPY PACK

    NZ$60 ≈ US$43 ≈ €41

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    Pledge NZ$ 110 or more About $79

    Swoppy Double Pack

    TWO SWOPPY PACKS

    NZ$110 ≈ US$79 ≈ €75

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    • Swoppy Case
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    Pledge NZ$ 120 or more About $86

    Swoppy with USB Roulette

    ONE SWOPPY PACK with a USB filled with interesting random content made by us!

    NZ$120 ≈ US$86 ≈ €82

    Includes:
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    • Swoppy Case
    • Swoppy Web App Licence
    • USB Roulette (Etched Wooden, 8GB Capacity)
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    Hand Illustrated Swoppy

    ONE SWOPPY PACK with case hand decorated by an artist to give a unique stylised look.

    NZ$150 ≈ US$107 ≈ €102

    Includes:
    • 15× Contributor Pixel
    • Hand Illustrated Swoppy Case
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    Swoppy with Mixtape

    ONE SWOPPY PACK with a mixtape custom made by us!

    NZ$200 ≈ US$145 ≈ €137

    Includes:
    • 20× Contributor Pixel
    • Swoppy Case
    • Swoppy Web App Licence
    • Personalised Compact Cassette Mixtape
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    Pledge NZ$ 750 or more About $537

    Swoppy Retail Pack (25 Units)

    Get 25 SWOPPY PACKS. You get to choose which iPhone SWOPPY CASE models you want.

    NZ$750 ≈ US$537 ≈ €510

    Includes:
    • 75× Contributor Pixel
    • 25× Swoppy Case
    • 25× Swoppy Web App Licence
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    Pledge NZ$ 1,300 or more About $931

    Swoppy Custom Pack

    ONE custom designed and built SWOPPY PACK. Case is 3D printed and web app start screen is customised to your preference!

    NZ$1300 ≈ US$931 ≈ €885

    Disclaimer: Will be subject to your phone model’s technical specifications and our ability to measure and/or obtain your phone’s dimensions.

    Includes:
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    • Swoppy Custom Designs and Made Case
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