EscapeCapsule is a waterproof case that protects your iPhone4 from water, rain, snow, sand, impacts & anything else you can throw at it Read more
This project was successfully funded on September 21, 2011.
About this project
Thank you for being a part of this project!
It's official! The EscapeCapsule is now successfully funded and into production. To all of our backers on Kickstarter and supporters around the world, you have been amazing. We are clear that our success is a direct result of your generosity, ideas, comments, spreading the word and contributing to our project. Together, we have turned the EscapeCapsule from a possibility into a reality. This is a really important moment in our lives and we really appreciate you being a part of it.
If you missed our Kickstarter campaign, please visit Catalyst Lifestyle to order the EscapeCapsule and find out more about our products. We have plans to develop an iPhone 5 case after Apple announces its launch of the iPhone 5, so please visit our website to find out more. One of our Kickstarter updates shows a concept design for the iPhone 5. If you backed us on Kickstarter, your name will be listed as a contributor on our website.
If you would like to be added to our newsletter for the iPhone 5, send us an email titled "iPhone 5" to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information, images, videos and updates about the EscapeCapsule, Catalyst and our products, please visit us on Facebook or Youtube or Twitter or sign up for our mailing list so that we can keep you updated about new products.
Where do you put your iPhone when you go to the beach?
How about inside the EscapeCapsule, a waterproof case for the iPhone 4 designed to protect your phone from water, rain, snow, sand, mud, impacts, scratches and anything else you can throw at it. It is fully covered and sealed so that you can take your iPhone with you everywhere.
The most important design element of the EscapeCapsule is the fact that the housing is made from a high impact crystal clear polycarbonate. This allows the iPhone to be showcased rather than hidden by the protective shell. The clear shell also allows you to easily see the edge of the "O-ring" as it seals against the housing. This ability to visually inspect the watertight seal from outside the case allows you to confidently take your iPhone into any environment.
KEY FEATURES AND BENEFITS:
- Waterproof, rigid, high impact polycarbonate housing sealed with a silicon O-ring.
- The touchscreen works great through the built-in optically perfect high impact polycarbonate screen protector.
- The home, volume and lock buttons function through membranes that are built into the overall structure of the shock absorbing internal rubber bumper.
- The cameras front and rear both work through the clear housing and provide great quality photos and videos.
- Watertight plug that allows you to use your iPhone headphones to listen to music or make hands free phone calls.
- Specifically designed membranes allow sound to transfer through the case to make clear phone calls.
We felt it was important to make the iPhone easy to take in and out of the case. The lid of the housing snaps into place to provide a secure and sealed housing when in use. It literally takes a second to install or remove the iPhone.
The EscapeCapsule is our first product and we are excited to show it to you. We have not seen another case like it. We have spent months working through concepts, 3D models, refinement, engineering, material research, testing and refining several rounds of prototypes. It is been a long road and many late nights to get to where we are now, and we are very proud of what we have achieved.
The tooling required to create the plastic parts is quite complicated and expensive. Also, there are several post injection processes needed to assemble all of the parts into one precise watertight finished product.
We came to Kickstarter to raise a minimum of $30,000 over 30 days to get the EscapeCapsule into production. On Kickstater, our backers pre-ordered the EscapeCapsule and this provided the funding to help cover the costs of tooling and a portion of the production costs.
We developed a special Kickstarter Only Edition of the EscapeCapsule exclusively available only during the 30 day period of our Kickstarter project.
- Clear "Kickstarter Green" housing
- White glow-in-the-dark shock-absorbing rubber bumper
- Clear built-in screen protector
- Clear lid with a custom graphic with a special thanks from Josh and June (graphic image not depicted in images)
- Comes with a white glow-in-the-dark Custom Lanyard
If you support us at $25 or support us at the Share the Love tier or above, you will get a T-shirt with the Catalyst brand name & logo.
Thank you for visiting our Kickstarter page and for your support in turning this product into a reality. This is a really important moment in our lives and we really appreciate you being a part of it. If you support us on Kickstarter, we will list you as a contributor on our website.
Also, click on our Updates to see a concept design for the iPhone 5. If you would like to be added to our newsletter for the iPhone 5, please sign up for our mailing list.
Note: The EscapeCapsule will retail for $70 dollars when in full production. Apple iPhone, Apple logo and Apple are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.
Yes, the case is designed to accommodate a screen protector front and back if you choose to use one. However, you will have better response from the touch screen if you use the case without an additional screen protector.
The case has been designed so that it is quick and easy to remove the phone for charging.
We are not making any claim that the EscapeCapsule is waterproof as we cannot reliably test this until we have the final production version of the product.
Our objective is to create an iPhone case that satisfies the requirements for an IPX8 water resistant rating. The IPX8 rating is a water resistant rating that is designed to test preset submersion parameters of time and depth. We intend to test our case to keep your iPhone safe to a depth of 2 meters (6.6 feet) underwater for 15 minutes.
Our early prototypes repeatedly went down to 5 feet deep during the filming of the promotional video for Kickstarter. You can see from the video that the case also handled splashing, waves and just about anything else we could throw at it. The production version will be far more precise than the prototypes. We are certain the EscapeCapsule will perform flawlessly in any wet environment, from hanging out around the pool to staying connected in the middle of a hurricane.
However, it is important to be reasonable in how you utilize this case to protect your iPhone from water. It is not designed for extended periods of submersion for activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, or surfing in heavy waves. To avoid disappointment, we advise you to use your EscapeCapsule responsibly.
The most important design element of the EscapeCapsule is the fact that the entire outer shell is clear. This allows you to clearly see the edge of the o-ring as it seals against the main housing. If there is any small grain of sand or hair that might disrupt the seal of the o-ring, this will be obvious from a visual inspection of the case before you ever take it into the water. This ability to visually inspect the seal will allow you to confidently take your iPhone with you everywhere.
The phone will be fully covered inside of a polycarbonate shell with thin membranes to allow the transfer of sound. In our early prototype testing the call quality was about 85% relative to normal. We have made several more improvements in materials and features since then, and are very excited about the final engineering version.
You will be heard clearly and can clearly hear others through the case. You can also make handsfree calls using your apple headphones or a blue tooth headset.
The Shipping and Handling costs are already calculated and shown in each tier, which covers a flat rate for registered airmail to anywhere worldwide from Hong Kong. We really want to make this product as simple and easy to order as possible for anyone in the world.
Check our Updates to keep updated. Please complete the backer survey we send you through Kickstarter to get information on colors for EscapeCapsule orders, T-shirt sizes and your mailing address.
The EscapeCapsule is a brand new product so the manufacturing, assembly, packaging and fulfillment processes are still being perfected and we will keep you updated on the delivery date by posting in our Updates. Orders from Kickstarter backers are our top priority and will be entirely fulfilled before any retail orders are processed. Thank you for your support as we build our new business
Visit our website at http://www.catalystlifestyle.com for more information about the EscapeCapsule, videos of the product in use and new products. You can also order an EscapeCapsule from our website.
Yes, check out our post for Update #7: What will the new iPhone 5 look like?
In it, we show you what a concept design for the EscapeCapsule for the iPhone 5 might look like based on the rumors we've seen online as of Sep 13th.
If you want to be added to our mailing list so that we can let you know when the iPhone 5 version is available, send us an email titled "iPhone 5" to http://mailto:email@example.com/.
Will I be able to use the touchscreen, make and receive calls, listen to music, and take photos or video when using the EscapeCapsule?
Yes, the EscapeCapsule is designed to maintain the functionality of the iPhone through the fully covered case.
Pledge $1 or more
YOU ROCK! Thank you for your support in turning this product into a reality. This is a really important moment in our lives and we really appreciate you being a part of it. You will be listed you as a contributor on our website.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $10 or more
GET CONNECTED: Get a custom rubber lanyard designed by Catalyst specifically for wet environments in your choice of black, green or white (glow-in-the-dark) for $6.50 plus $3.50 for shipping & handling. Use it for your EscapeCapsule, camera, cell phone or anything you need to secure. For multiple purchases, please click this reward multiple times.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $25 or more
EVERYBODY LOVES A T-SHIRT: Thank you for supporting us in getting our first product launched. We will send you a Catalyst T-shirt in the size of your choice for mens (M, L, XL, XXL) or women (XS, S, M, L) for $16.50 plus $8.50 for shipping & handling.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $50 or more
THE GREAT ESCAPE: Pre-order the EscapeCapsule (which will retail for $70) in your choice of black or blue with a Catalyst Lanyard for $44 plus $6 shipping & handling. Check out our project video to see the video/sound quality inside the EscapeCapsule.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $80 or more
KICKSTARTER ONLY EDITION: Pre-order the EscapeCapsule in a "Kickstarter Green" housing over a white glow-in-the-dark shock-absorbing rubber bumper. You will also get a matching glow-in-the-dark lanyard and a special graphic thank you message from June and Josh printed on the lid for $74 plus $6 shipping & handling.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $135 or more
SHARE THE LOVE: Pre-order the Kickstarter edition green glow-in-the dark EscapeCapsule and a regular EscapeCapsule in your choice of black or blue plus get 2 Custom Lanyards and a Catalyst T-shirt for $117 plus $18 for shipping & handling.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $185 or more
THE FULL DEAL: Pre-order the Kickstarter edition green glow-in-the dark EscapeCapsule plus 2 more EscapeCapsules in your choice of blue & black and get 2 Catalyst T-shirts and 3 Custom Lanyards for $160 plus $25 for shipping & handling.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $8,888 or more
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ANGEL SUPPORTER: We think you are a pretty special human being and we love you! Your generous support will have a big impact on our ability to launch the EscapeCapsule. In return, we are going to give you an iPhone 4 32G unlocked and 10 EscapeCapsules in your choice of colors. On that note, we want you to be involved in picking the color of the next EscapeCapsule, which we will send you when available. And furthermore, we felt it would be fun to talk about colors after a brief tour of the factory, so we are going to include a trip to Hong Kong so you get to see where the product is made. We will fly you from LAX to HKG and put you up in a hotel for 7D/6N. While in Hong Kong, we will take you out for a beach BBQ and a night out on the town for dinner and drinks. Also, there are a few hidden beaches, waterfalls and epic rock climbing spots that we would love to share with you. Sound fun? Of course, it's the ultimate escape!Estimated delivery:
- (30 days)