CellVanish: Secure your cell phone from spying & data theft
CellVanish: Secure your cell phone from spying & data theft
A case for Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Motorola Razor, BlackBerry, Droid, HTC & LG. All Android, Symbian, Windows, & iOS smartphones.
A case for Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Motorola Razor, BlackBerry, Droid, HTC & LG. All Android, Symbian, Windows, & iOS smartphones. Read more
About this project
Thank you to all of our backers and to those who have sent words of encouragement. We appreciate your terrific suggestions. We are so pleased to be involved in such a helpful and supportive community.
After carefully considering the pros and cons of completing this funding round, we have decided to put this project on a short hold to do some fine tuning. If you have already pledged, we apologize for any inconvenience. Rest assured that your credit card will not be charged.
When we launch the new project in early May, we encourage you to pledge again so you can be a part of the new opportunity. We look forward to sending your CellVanish case to you soon thereafter.
Thanks again for your support.
Your Vanishing Solutions Team, Jim, Aaron, and Lore
Introducing the CellVanish
Today your cell phone has multiple cameras, microphones, and other sensors that make it a sophisticated bugging device. And the web is an amazing source of spy software that allows anyone to remotely access your phone, track where you are and where you have been, listen in on your conversations and even read your texts and emails -- all without your knowledge.
Since 2005, cell phones sold in the US (and many other countries) must have the ability to be located as part of the E911 directive. New standards for even better accuracy went into effect in 2012. Now your cell phones' highly accurate GPS can “pin-point” you to less than a 10 foot radius. Your location information is stored in your phone and your carrier periodically downloads that information. If your cell phone is with you, “they” know where you are.
Links to news reports about cell phone spying:
“Being Stalked Through Your Cell Phone”
“Cell Phone Stalking”
More reports can be found here:
Who is watching you / why should you care?
Maybe no one is watching you. Maybe this is not a concern for you right now. But… your phone is still recording everywhere you go and what you are doing. And that information is provided to your network. What happens to it after that is unknown, but it is out of your control at that point.
Placing the phone in a shield is the obvious answer. The problem is that carrying two cases for one phone was unrealistic. And having the protection readily available when needed is the key.
The CellVanish is the result of the need for simple, effective protection that is always available and easy to use.
One simple action allows you to decide if the CellVanish is a security enclosure or a standard carrying case.
The defining feature of the CellVanish case is the flap. When the flap is out, the case acts like a standard leather carrying case. Your phone is fully functional. You receive all calls, texts, and emails as normal.
When the flap is in, the case acts as a shield, effectively blocking all signals from reaching your phone. You are “off the grid”. You cannot be tracked, traced, monitored or hacked.
How the CellVanish blocks signals
In the “blocked” configuration, with the flap folded in, the CellVanish is a Faraday cage (a shield). A Faraday cage is an enclosure formed by conductive material that blocks electric fields. It is essentially a metal box. It can effectively block everything from lightening to radio signals, like those used by today’s cell phones. The signals travel on the outside of the box instead of reaching whatever is inside. This is 175 year old technology works fantastically well.
Here is a Link to MythBuster Adam Savage in a Faraday Cage to give you a better idea of how effective a Faraday cage can be. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvmHCARMqjY
The materials we use in the CellVanish case have been specifically developed and refined to look like common fabric, yet they ensure that signals are completely blocked.
How the CellVanish receives signals
The innovation of the CellVanish case is in the flap. Building on the idea of the standard Faraday cage, the flap on the CellVanish case redirects the signals traveling on the outside of the shield into in to the case, so a phone inside can receive a signal. This essentially allows it to act as a standard leather case. When the flap is out (exposed), it creates a break in the conductive shield. Think of it like a crack in a waterproof container where a little bit of water can get in. But our flap also contains a signal transfer element that directs signals into the enclosure. You can think of this like sticking a pipe through the crack in the waterproof container. Now a lot of water, or in our case radio signals, can easily get in.
It is the position of the flap that determines whether the CellVanish case functions like a normal case or like a shield.
Vanishing Solutions, Inc. and the CellVanish™
Vanishing Solutions, Inc. was formed to develop, commercialize and market our unique technology. Over the past two years, we have designed the CellVanish case and developed the necessary specialty materials to ensure performance. We filed for a patent and trademarks and have forged a relationship with a major manufacturer of cell phone cases for our production. For the last two months, we have been extensively testing pre-production samples. The next step is to move forward with production.
Kickstarter supporters are passionate and enthusiastic about new technology. Starting with a savvy community that easily understands the issues will allow us to get a foot-hold in the market while we develop our marketing and educational materials for the mass market.
Small CellVanish fits the following phones:
Inside Dimension (inch) 5.0 x 2.5 x 0.5 - (mm) 127 x 63 x 12.7
Apple - iPhone 3, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, Motorola - Razr i, Razr m, Nokia - Lumia 800, Sony - Xperia U
Large CellVanish fits the following phones:
Inside Dimension (in) 5.55 x 2.95 x 0.5 - (mm) 141 x 75 x 12.7
Risks and challenges
Our greatest challenge is educating the users of cell phones about the potential security risks and the need for implementing security measures before they become victims.
Our second greatest challenge is quality control. This is a security device and it must work properly. Initially 100% inspection and testing is required to guarantee proper performance. These are time consuming and costly steps, but they are necessary. As our volumes ramp up, we intend to automate the process.
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