About this project
Macgasm.net - "Is Backpack The Most Secure iPhone Wallet Case Yet?"
What is "Backpack"?
Backpack is a stylish silicone case for your iPhone (4/4S/5) that not only protects your phone, but also has additional features.
The main feature is the pocket located on the back of the case. It allows you to carry your ID, driving license, credit cards, business cards or cash, eliminating the need to carry a bulky wallet. The pocket is slick and discreet to help hide its contents.
IMPORTANT - There are other cases that hold ID, debit or credit cards and you will notice that most of them require the cards to be inserted in a slot, exposing them. Also other cases require to insert 3 cards at once to to keep them from falling out!
Backpack has a securable pocket, so you can put anything that fits in it, without worrying about exposing the content or it falling out during use.
Backpack for iPhone 4/4S has an extra feature that redirects the sound coming from the speaker, up towards you. This is great if you are listening to music, playing games or using speaker phone to talk.
The case was designed to give you the best protection for its price. I work in a shop specializing in repairing Apple's mobile products and have repaired hundreds of iPhones. I see a lot of people having the phone in a thin plastic case which doesn't do anything to protect your iPhone.
The Backpack case is made from silicone rubber with fairly thick walls to absorb the shock on impact. The edges around the screen have a lip over 2mm thick to protect the screen. On top of that, the corners of the case are raised for extra protection! Each case comes with a high quality screen protector to prevent the screen from getting scratched. The case covers most of the aluminum body to prevent scratching, exposing only necessary areas.
Why do I need Backpack?
You will be surprised by how convenient it is to have your phone, documents, credit cards all-in-one. No need to look for your wallet or purse, just grab the phone and you are good to go!
iPhone 4/4S model: 123.91mm x 64.50mm x 16.82mm
iPhone 5 model: 129.40mm x 64.00mm x 13.20mm
Pocket size 96mm x 56mm x 3.5mm (fits 3 cards)
"Backpack" will be available in different colors:
- standard - black, white and pink (silicone body and pocket same color)
- custom - black or white silicone body with different color pocket (red, pink,orange)
Here are some pictures of prototypes I have. These are for display purposes only, the final product will have a lot nicer finish and materials.
"Backpack" for iPhone 5 (3D printed prototype). One more prototype will be printed during kickstarter campaign, pictures will be posted.
Where are we at?
At this point we are ready for production molds and to get the production running.
Tooling will take around 4 weeks to get first samples. I do expect to have at least 2 rounds of corrections to make the final product ready. In the meanwhile other manufacturers will start making pockets and packaging for the case
After the molds are done my factory estimates another 4 weeks to ship packaged product.
My manufacturer has been very good at communicating and making the corrections on the prototype mold so the whole process should go relatively smooth.
Kickstarter and Backers
Kickstarter is a great place with great community. Thanks to backers amazing products came to market. Feedback and support from backers is essential for this project. I've taken the Backpack as far as I can on my own. If this campaigns goal will be reached, initiating the production of molds, tools and parts will become a reality and Backpack will be available at a very reasonable price.
If you like the Backpack, please pledge and spread the word! You will have part of bringing a great product to life!
Just for Kickstarter Backpack is available at discounted price and free shipping in US.
Risks and challenges
The case is made out of silicone for which it's hard to make the mold for. Silicone shrinks during molding and it's hard to control that, so it may take time to get the mold fine tuned to make nicely finished cases. Delays may happen and if so I will definitely keep you updated on anything that is happening.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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