TOCA is a smartphone sleeve that will help you to have a healthier relationship with your phone, protect your body from radiation and your mind from distraction:
Studies and other reasons why you should support TOCA
Smartphone radiation can lead to fertility damages CHECK STUDY
Your phone shouldn´t be in direct contact with your skin. CHECK REPORT, or read the instructions on the manual of your phone.
Smartphone radiation can also contribute to insomnia. CHECK STUDY
TOCA won´t let your phone distract you! Once you put it inside the Faraday Pocket, your device won´t be constantly trying to reach you anymore. You will have a better control about the right time to use it.
Distracted driving is one of the main reasons for car accidents. CHECK ARTICLE
Smartphone apps make us addicted! CHECK ARTICLE
Most people don´t know but even on airplane mode your receiving antenna such as GPS is still on and you can be easily located. When you put your phone in the TOCA there will be impossible for someone else to track your position.
If you have a car with the system "keyless go” your key can be copied, putting the key inside the faraday pocket will prevent this to happen. CHECK ARTICLE
What is a Faraday Cage?
Very basically, a Faraday Cage is an enclosure used to block electromagnetic fields. Its named like that because, in 1836, the English scientist Michael Faraday proved that this was possible by showing the following experiment: he built a room coated with metal foil and discharged high-voltages over the outside of the room. Then with an electroscope he could measure that there was no electric charge present inside the room.
Ok. And why do you need a Faraday Pocket?
Actually, to protect your body from smartphones radiation, you don’t need one. The Online Pocket with the two layers of metal fabric is already enough. But, if you do want to be offline for real, you need more than a Faraday Pocket, because:
Activating Airplane mode is not enough:
When activating airplane mode, your phone is just not sending information to the server anymore, but is still receiving. You are being tracked by GPS, for example.
Turning off your phone is not enough:
Even when you turning off your phone, it can still be sending and receiving information. For example: in a recent BBC interview, in which Edward Snowden talks about a technology called Dreamy Smurf capable to “turn your phone on and off without you knowing”.
A Faraday Cage will never guarantee 100% of blockage:
It always depend on the strength, frequency and distance between the receiver and the transmitter. The same works for the Faraday Pocket of TOCA, depending on where you are in the city and which kind of antenna(s) you are connected with, the signal can be stronger than the blockage level* of the metal fabric and find your phone inside it.
Will my phone fit?
most probably yes, just the following extreme big devices won´t fit: Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0; Huawei Honor Note 8; Sony Xperia Z Ultra; Sony Tablet P 3G; LG Optimus L3 E400; HTC Nexus 9; Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro or any bigger than (165mm x 82mm). There will be two different sleeve sizes, one for the smaller and one for the bigger phones. We will ask you about your phone size once the campaign succeeds.
Our suggestion so far:
To have a real offline experience with your smartphone - besides taking the battery out - we suggest you to activate the Airplane Mode, put inside the Faraday Pocket of your TOCA and fold twice until the magnets closed it. In this way, the smartphone not only stops sending information but also stops receiving information, because the metal fabric blocks* the signals coming from the antennas around you.
If our project grows, we want to be able to invest in our own researches to give you more detailed informations about these kind of subjects.
Thanks for your support !
Toca Team !
Risks and challenges
We have prototyped many different versions and rigorously tested our product. In order to produce it in a larger scale, there might be minor changes on it to fulfil manufacturer´s requiremen
We have also planned the delivery time with buffer, but we cannot discard the possibility of delay. Nevertheless We are ready for this challenge and truly believe in the message this product contain.
We hope you’ll join us in making TOCA a reality!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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