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SMART BAGS: Disposable Protection for Your Smartphone

Use your smartphone while protecting it from dirt, grease & water. Smart Bags are 100% biodegradable, antistatic, and water-resistant!

SMART BAGS: Disposable Protection for Your Smartphone

Use your smartphone while protecting it from dirt, grease & water. Smart Bags are 100% biodegradable, antistatic, and water-resistant!

$3,845
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, May 9 2013 4:26 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated May 9, 2013

About

Disposable Protection for Your Smartphone

Smart Bags are the first disposable pouches made to fit your smartphone. Smart Bags allow you to use your touchscreen and make calls while protecting your most valuable tech from dirt, grease and liquids! Smart Bags give you the protection you need when you need it. Use them while you're at the beach, on the slopes, near the water, or while jogging, running, and marathoning. They're great for mud runs, adventure races, triathlons, biking, cycling, kayaking, tornado chasing, and Bigfoot hunting! 

Keep your screen clean even when you're not!
Keep your screen clean even when you're not!

Made from Earth-Friendly Bioplastic

Smart Bags are safe for the environment! Every part of the pouch (film, zipper, etc.) decomposes into organic material. The LDPE material is regulated and documented to be ASTM D5511 compliant. Learn more about the geek stuff here! They're also recyclable so they're 100% Captain Planet approved!

Would you do this with one of those expensive cases?
Would you do this with one of those expensive cases?

Antistatic

Smart Bags are made with an antistatic property to prevent static eletricity build-up, eliminating the possibility of electrostatic discharge. So when they're in your pocket while you're on the movie, your phone won't blow up! Even better, the touchscreen is not affected by this characteristic. Science rules!

Smart Bags may or may not make you a better rider.. Lol
Smart Bags may or may not make you a better rider.. Lol

Water Resistant-ness

Smart Bags are super-duper water resistant. Use them by the pool, on the boat, or in the bathroom. Protect your smartphone from the elements while updating Facebook on the slopes or tracking your pace & distance during an intense mud run! They're perfect for every adventure! Check out the Risks & Challenges section to learn more about why we aren't able to classify them as waterproof yet!

Not Your Grandma's Sandwich Bags..

Smart Bags are thicker than a conventional sandwich baggy so it won't bunch up when you use it. They are also custom made to fit your smartphone so no more folding up a giant freezer bag in your pocket. Look for your smartphone in the rewards section. If you don't see your device, send us a message and we'll see if one of our sizes will fit!

Custom Recycled Packaging

We care about the environment and that's why we're utilizing post consumer recycled cardboard for the packaging. We have tapped local artist, Gabe Felice, to create a fantastic design for the packaging. His design will be cut into a large rubber stamp and used to imprint each package by hand with acid-free soy ink. We feel it's our responsibility to make a quality product that promotes sustainability.

Recycled packaging with Soy Ink by Gabe Felice
Recycled packaging with Soy Ink by Gabe Felice

The 411

We were sick of using oversized freezer bags to protect our smartphones while getting rad at the beach, the slopes or in the shop. So in 2010 we bought an intermittent heat sealer and started making our own. Now anytime we're elbows deep in gear oil or updating FB on the mountain we don't have to worry about ruining our screens, buttons, knobs, or ports. Click here to see our first blog post and prototype of Smart Bags in November 2010. 

After two years of designing and redesigning we decided that Smart Bags should be available to everyone. And since they take way to long making them by hand we started looking into mass production. After a few weeks of absorbing ourselves into the plastic baggy industry we found a US manufacturer to spit these bad boys out by the truck load. Now we just need your help!

We must sell exactly 749 packages to break even on the project. After successfully funding, we will place our order with our US manufacturer. While waiting for delivery of our custom sized pouches, we will prepare the packaging by stamping Gabe's designs on each and every package and printing the USPS shipping labels. As soon as we receive the tons and tons of pouches we will stuff said pouches into the packaging and ship them to the World. All we ask for you to do is get rad and share your adventure with us!

When the dust settles, aka post Kickstarter, we plan to expand with more sizes to cover every smartphone and other gadgets like the iPads, Kindles, and Nooks. Then we'll travel the country in a classic VW minibus passing out Smart Bags at beaches, ski resorts and mud runs!

Making Smart Bags by hand in the lab.
Making Smart Bags by hand in the lab.

The Crew

Donald Meteny - As an avid mud run participant, mountain biker, and bearder, Donald has been Capt. Kirk-ing this crew of talented individuals since developing the idea over 2 years ago. Facebook Twitter Instagram

Deron Williams - Our resident film professor slash philosopher, Deron not only created two of our Kickstarter videos but he also designed the Smart Bags logo. He will be assisting in future product testing videos and commercials. Facebook Twitter

Pat McCulloch - Social Media and Marketing is his middle name. Part time mechanic, downhill biking enthusiast, and financial planner.. Pat can jump, fix, ride, and sell anything. Instagram

Joe Matercowski - A passionate mugician (a musician who preforms magic), mountain biker, and art professor; Joe has been working on product testing and can grow a pretty sweet mustache. Facebook

Gabe Felice - A visual artist with a strong interest in exploring extrasensory perception and remote viewing. Gabe has designing the stamp artwork for the packaging and will be offering his artwork to high-level supporters. Facebook Twitter Flickr

From left to right: Donald, Deron, Pat, Joe, Gabe
From left to right: Donald, Deron, Pat, Joe, Gabe

A Greater Cause

By purchasing a reward and sharing this project with friends, you are making a statement that says you are adventurous and you care for the environment. When you use a Smart Bag, you are not only protecting your smartphone but you're also protecting the environment. Please protect the environment so that we all can continue to enjoy it!

If you can't support us by purchasing a reward then simply join the cause by liking our Facebook page! If you have any questions, comments or concerns; contact one of us on Facebook or Twitter so, we can get back to you quicker.

Thank you for your support!

Smart Bags In The Media

04/23 - Referenced in Article by Pauline
04/23 - Referenced in Article by Pauline
04/22 - Featured Article by Pat
04/22 - Featured Article by Pat
04/18 - Featured Article by Juli Monroe
04/18 - Featured Article by Juli Monroe
04/18 - Featured Article by Mark Guim
04/18 - Featured Article by Mark Guim
04/17 - Featured Article by Joseph Bertolini
04/17 - Featured Article by Joseph Bertolini

Risks and challenges

We've spent months using math, science and engineering to sort out all the details in this project to minimize risk. Here is some helpful information:

1. In order to keep the cost of the Kickstarter project as low as possible, we cannot afford the insurance to guarantee that all bags are "water proof" i.e. factors like improper closing of the zipper by end user could result in us being held responsible. Therefore, we must advertise that Smart Bags are water-resistant.

2. We have designed the dimensions of Smart Bags to fit within a specified tolerance, accounting for variances in the manufacturing process; therefore, the pouches will be the proper size to accomodate each smartphone's manufacturer specifications. As we expand, our product line will consist of additional sizes. Contact us if you don't see your device in the list.

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    Get five Smart Bags for only five bucks! Don't worry, we'll follow up with you to find out which smartphone you have so you get the right size!
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