About this project
Hey Kickstarters! Welcome to our funding page! We have a great idea but we need your help to turn it into a real product. The Opena will have a RRP of around $39.95 but you can now get one for just $30. Awesome!!
The Opena is a protective iPhone4 case with an integrated slide out bottle opener.
If you're anything like us you like to travel light. The one thing we always have on us is our phones. The one thing we always seem to be looking for is a bottle opener. Some of our friends carry bottle openers on their keys but there are times when you don't always have your keys with you. If you're drinking should you really be driving anyway?
After consuming a few ales one sunny afternoon we came up with a solution. Why not put a bottle opener into an iPhone case...? Brilliant!
We've spent a considerable amount of time designing, prototyping and testing our ideas to create a super smooth, clean crisp product which we've called the Opena.
So why do we need YOUR help? Simply put, manufacturing is expensive. We need to use a process called 'injection molding' to create the iPhone case and the metal blade needs to be stamped from large sheets of stainless steel. Both these processes provide very high quality parts but they also have very expensive tooling and set up costs.
By pledging at least fifteen dollars (if your quick), you will be essentially pre-ordering your very own Opena, and helping turn our project into a reality.
When we started on this project we had three clear design goals we absolutely had to meet:
1) The case had to be as slim as possible, no one likes a fat phone in their pocket.
2) The case had to protect iPhone and there had to be no chance of the bottle opener scratching the iPhone.
3) The opener had to open bottles with out putting any force on the iPhone.
The Opena has been designed and engineered using the latest in 3D CAD technology. We've had numerous prototypes machined from solid blocks of ABS plastic (the same material we'll use for the production parts) so we could test the strength and durability of the design. The bottle opener blade was laser cut from stainless steel in various thicknesses ranging from 1mm - 2.5mm so we could decide on the best strength without adding too much bulk to the case.
We have tested prototypes of the final design non-stop over the last month and we're proud to say the Opena meets all our design goals. 100's of beers have been opened and the Opena is showing no sign of wear or fatigue.
The Opena case will be manufactured from ABS plastic with a fine textured surface finish. This material feels great to the touch, and holds the phone securely. The bottle opener blade will be punched from food grade stainless steel. Both of these materials are recyclable.
The Opena was conceived, designed and developed by Robert Ward and Chris Peters. We've put a lot of thought and energy into this project. Everyone we have shown the prototypes to loves it and wants one of their own. We hope you'll like using it as much as we do.
Additional information can be found at www.opena.com.au
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Kickstarter Limited Edition Opena, laser etched with a unique backer number. Only 200 available. Also you will get an invite to our funding party which will be held in the Opena head quarters in Melbourne, Australia. Details will be provided to Limited edition backers once/if we are funded so tell all your friends to become Limited edition funders so they can join in on the fun!
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