Momentum Case for iPhone with Fast-Loc Technology - No Tools

by Mark A. Donohoe

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About this project

With Fast-Loc, No Screws? No Tools? No Problem!

The beauty of the Momentum lies in its Fast-Loc hinged design. Unlike most aluminum cases, it doesn't use screws so you don't need tools! This makes it perfect for the times you need to quickly take off your case. However, you may not need to thanks to Momentum's...

Over-Sized Dock Connector Opening

[Hand-machined prototype showing the conceptual larger dock opening]
[Hand-machined prototype showing the conceptual larger dock opening]
[The larger dock opening in the final product]
[The larger dock opening in the final product]

The Momentum has a ginormous (yes, I just used that word) opening for the dock connector. Spanning almost the entire width of the case and with over 0.3" of vertical clearance, this makes the Momentum's dock opening one of the largest of any case in the market, aluminum or otherwise.

This allows the Momentum to work with a huge selection of cables and accessories where most other aluminum cases fail. And thanks to its low-profile design, it also works comfortably in a variety of docks and speaker systems, all without the need to remove the case. And on the rare chance it doesn't, you can just take it off!

Hey, Wait! Isn't this just the...

[Photo showing the X-Protector which is similar to, but lacks the advanced details and enhancements of The Momentum]
[Photo showing the X-Protector which is similar to, but lacks the advanced details and enhancements of The Momentum]

Some may look at this case and think it looks awfully familiar!  That's because it shares its pedigree with the X-Protector case; a very capable case but one that falls short in several design aspects such as comfort, compatibility, performance and usability (see above.) One thing the X-Protector got right however was their patented hinged mechanism, a first on an all-aluminum case. We liked it so much we contacted the manufacturer and licensed a custom version of the hinge for use in The Momentum!

Improving on an original

The Momentum however isn't simply a re-branded X-Protector!  Oh no!  The Momentum takes that basic design and improves upon it in several ways. The first, and most important of which is the addition of the larger dock cutout that can accommodate several larger accessories and docks where the X-Protector and most other cases fail.  The Momentum also has a larger, more ergonomic opening for the volume and mute area making it much easier to use, especially for thumbs or larger hands. The hinge mechanism on The Momentum is also a lower profile giving a more balanced look. And finally, there's the newly-added 'slotted frame' design, also unique to The Momentum, that not only reduces antenna attenuation but also provides a more secure grip when holding it.

Plus, we think it looks pretty cool too, especially in black! What do you think?

From Render to Reality

[SolidWorks Render]
[SolidWorks Render]
[Photos of production-ready prototypes]
[Photos of production-ready prototypes]

For the past eight months, we've been working on designing and refining the aspects of the Momentum Case. We've shaved off some weight, gone over several iterations of finish to get it 'just right' and even challenged the factory to improve tolerances for a very 'solid' feel.  You won't find any loose joints on this case!

Back in May, we even had a false-start here on Kickstarter, but thanks to the additional time it afforded us, we were able to go back and improve upon the design even more, adding the slots in the frame to further improve both signal reception and comfort. You can see these in the photos above.

But now the design is finally finished and we have our production-ready prototypes in-hand.  As such, we're again ready to launch!

All that's left at this point is to get these into production, and that's where you, the Kickstarter community comes in.  We need to raise enough money for a large production run so we can keep the product costs down and pass those savings on to you.

And of course, because we love our supporters and we love Kickstarter, we have a few special things just for you!

Inertial Loves Kickstarter

Our company, InertialDesign.com is in existence thanks to the wonderful concept of crowd-funding and the Kickstarter community.  We launched our first product, the aTrackt via this site over a year and a half ago and to this day it continues to be a much-sought after product.  Launching it here has allowed us to continue to design additional and innovative products such as The Momentum case as well as what's still to come!

As a special thank-you to those who support us through this site, we're offering two specials for the Kickstarter community. The first is the Limited Edition Momentum Case which you see above.  Each Limited Edition case will be laser-inscribed with it's specific number of the set showing your support for the product, our company Inertial Design and the Kickstarter community.

aTrackt-ive Bundles!

The second offer is a bundle of a Momentum Case of your choice (either solid or two-color) with either an aTrackt! or an aTrackt Go! Mk II all at a special discounted 'bundle' price which is even greater when you consider the savings in shipping cost alone.  This is our way of saying Thank You to the Kickstarter community! You're the best!!

So that's The Momentum, and we're Inertial Design.  We hope you like what you see.  Thanks for stopping by!

Mark A. Donohoe
Founder
Inertial Design, Inc.

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    You are ordering a DUAL-COLOR Momentum Case in the colors of your choice. You choose one color for the frame and a second color for the hinge. Available colors: Black, Gray Red, Orange, Yellow Green, Dark Blue. Light Blue, Purple and Clear Andodized. You will be asked for your color choice with your address survey when the campaign is over. Free shipping to the US. Add $15 for international shipping.

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    SPECTRUM SPECIAL: You are ordering a COMPLETELY CUSTOM COLOR (Up to four colors total) Momentum Case. You choose separate left and right halves of the frame as well as the hinge and latch.

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