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Onboard storage of SIM cards & eject tool. Use any standard credit card or membership card as a stand. Sleek, low profile design.
Onboard storage of SIM cards & eject tool. Use any standard credit card or membership card as a stand. Sleek, low profile design.
Onboard storage of SIM cards & eject tool. Use any standard credit card or membership card as a stand. Sleek, low profile design.
922 backers pledged $21,559 to help bring this project to life.

A Long Overdue Update and a New Project

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Dear Backers,

Let me start with an apology for my silence. Many of you have inquired if and when there would be a SIMPLcase for iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and now of course 6s and 6s Plus. Sadly, there are no plans now to do a mass production updated version of SIMPLcase. That being said, I am in the process of refining a 3D printable version and hope to make that available to you soon. I don't know if many of you want a 3D printed product, but the fact of the matter is that LGCLDESIGNS and the qaramel brand failed to support itself as a sustainable business. Without going into details, I'll just say there were many lessons learned before my partner and I realized we weren't going to go the distance with this one. We're still proud of the design and of the product we shipped, but we also knew we had to call it quits. Between the challenges of the business as well as developments (positive ones) in our personal lives, we've both decided to move on.

So, Ed has moved his family back to London where I'm sure he'll do great things. As for me, since SIMPLcase, I've gotten married and most recently become a first time father :-) It's cliche' to say that becoming a parent changes your priorities, but it's definitely true! So, with my family's financial security at stake, I'm back to working a full time job. Fortunately, I still get to do what I love and the people I'm working with now are really great. I consider myself incredibly blessed and so very lucky!

SIMPLcase was a great learning experience, and the biggest insight I personally came away with is that I love being a designer... and that one good product and passion are not enough to create a business. SIMPLcase was a great project, but in hindsight we ought not to have attempted to turn it into a business. C'est la vie.

Now, onto the NEW PROJECT...

Before I found my new job, I started working on a number of different projects with a couple of other Kickstarter creators whom I met while both our campaigns were running at the same time. The guys at Innolifestyles, and their AEGLO brand, have already built a sustainable accessories business. To their operational professionalism, I brought ideas and my design skills.

One of the ideas I proposed started out as a simple credit card sized portable iPhone dock, but has evolved into a modular system to keep you powered, connected, and entertained anywhere and all without cables. We've been in development for over a year and I'm super pleased to tell you that the campaign is LIVE NOW!

Please check out STAQ and become a backer!

 Thanks for your support!

Simon

SIMPLcase has made it into Apple Retail !!!

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Dear Backers,

It's been a long journey, but today I'm really pleased to inform you that SIMPLcase is now available for purchase in select Apple Retail Stores online, starting in the Asia Pacific region. Later this month, you will also be able to find us in select Apple Retail Store locations in Hong Kong, Japan, and Australia. This couldn't have happened without you, our awesome Kickstarter Backers!

With Sincere Gratitude,

Simon

Apple Store Online - New Zealand
Apple Store Online - New Zealand
Apple Store Online - Korea
Apple Store Online - Korea
Apple Store Online - Japan
Apple Store Online - Japan

Fancy this: SIMPLcase featured on Fancy.com

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One May 31, SIMPLcase became a featured item on popular curated shopping discovery portal, Fancy.com. Already, over 3100 people have 'Fancied' the SIMPLcase, and we've had to prepare a second shipment of units to them :-)

Well Fancy That! :-)
Well Fancy That! :-)

We're really excited to be featured on Fancy, and we'd love it if you head over to our featured listing, and Fancy SIMPLcase as well. While you're on the site, you should check out some of the other really cool products they have, ranging from accessories and fashion to art and furnishings for your home.

A New and Improved SIMPLcase :-)

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SIMPLcase for iPhone 4 / 4s now available as a 3D printed object!

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Dear Backers & Friends of SIMPLcase,

It has been quite an interesting journey of learning and continuous improvement since we successfully funded our SIMPLcase for iPhone 5. Regrettably, there wasn't enough interest in SIMPLcase for iPhone 4 / 4s to fund an injection molded production version of it. However, we have not forgotten about those of you who still rock an iPhone 4 or 4s, and want the convenience and security offered by the unique features of SIMPLcase...

We are pleased to inform you that SIMPLcase for iPhone 4 / 4s has been redesigned as a 3D printable product! 

Instead of the rubber insert, small clips have been designed to secure up to 3 micro SIM cards, and the SIM eject tool. Additionally, the hands free card stand slots are also still there. 

You can purchase a 3D printed SIMPLcase for iPhone 4 / 4s at one of a couple of popular 3D printed products companies:

Both 3D printing companies offer similar materials and colors. We have already successfully ordered 3D printed SIMPLcases from both vendors.

Please Note:

  • If you're not familiar with 3D printing, please be aware that the surface finish of these objects is rather coarse, even if you select a 'polished' material. 
  • Colored 3D printed objects are color dyed, and the color will slightly wear and fade over time. 
  • Although a 3D printed case will offer scratch protection, the mechanical properties of these materials and resulting objects are not as strong as a typical, injection molded plastic product. That being said, we have been using and testing the cases on Ed's iPhone 4, and other than a bit of color fade, the cases have held up quite well to daily use. He's even dropped it once, albeit only from table height. Still, it was onto a wooden floor, and the case and phone survived without issue. 
  • 3D printed objects do not hold as fine a dimensional tolerance as a typical, injection molded part. Be aware that the finished product may be a little tighter or a little looser than what you normally expect from an iPhone case. 
  • We are unable to guarantee or control the quality or delivery of these 3D printed cases, as we are not the manufacturer - just the designer. If you order a 3D printed SIMPLcase, and it has any defects, please directly contact the 3D printing company from where you ordered the part. Out of 4 test prints, we received one (from Shapeways) that was warped enough that it didn't properly fit the iPhone. This is not usual, but it can happen.

If you do order a 3D printed SIMPLcase for iPhone 4 / 4s, we'd love to hear about your experience with it.

As always, safe travels... Bon Voyage!

Simon & Ed