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$1,286
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25
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, August 1 2011 1:48 AM UTC +00:00
$1,286
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
25
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, August 1 2011 1:48 AM UTC +00:00

About

Hi! Thanks for checking out our project. With your help we would love to make our idea a reality and get them in as many pockets as possible.

photo: Kirstin Lara getchell iOpener 3 for the iPhone 3G shown

iOpener simply transforms the iPhone into the world's coolest bottle opener. The idea to use the iPhone as a bottle opener was both obvious and ridiculous at the same time. An iPhone case with a bottle opener smacks of cheap novelty. But we wanted to create a protective case that was well designed, engineered and manufactured from premium materials and that complemented the impeccable quality of Apple products. Not just a bottle opener slapped on a cheap plastic case as an afterthought. We wanted to create a product that your friends and strangers would stop you and ask "WTF is that? And where can I get one?" iOpener makes everyone smile and say, "Why didn't I think of that" and that's the true test of a well designed product.

iOpener 4 for the iPhone 4

iOpener is a simple 2-piece slider style case. It allows the user to easily and securely slip the iPhone into the case. It cleanly and simply integrates the iPhone and transforms it into the most technologically advanced bottle opener on the planet.

iOpener 3 being assembled

As a free gift we created the BevConX APP that's available right now in the AppStore.  iOpener and the BevConX APP are designed and intended to be a premium conversion kit for people that enjoy finding new craft beers and sharing those finds with their friends.  After slipping the iPhone into the case, tap the AppStore ap for BevConX.  Once installed on your iPhone BevConX enables you to search for and record all those great brews you find.  The APP uses the iPhones accelerometer to sense the opening action.  With the flick of your wrist BevConX goes into action recording what you're opening, when and where.  BevConX comes pre-installed with over 1200 beverages.  You can add more as you find them, set a default for you favorite, play any song in your iPod library when you open a bottle and more.  BevConX remembers where you found that rare craft brew by recording the geo-location and dropping a pin in map view.  Want to let your friends know where to find it, or get them to come join you.  BevConX connects you to facebook and twitter.  Just tap the facebook button in BevConX and your most recent opening can update your status with something like, Clay's having a Corona in Cabo San Lucs, wish you were here".  You can create any statement you want with the location, brand and date automatically inserted. We even created an affiliate program so that you can use the APP to sell iOpener cases to your friends and earn a commission.

iOpener is is a thin lightweight suit of armor.  The case is molded from a proprietary PolyCarbonate/ABS alloy that is so strong we beat on it with a hammer to test it.  The opener is made from 16-gauge, 304 grade stainless steel.  With iOpener for the iPhone 3G we managed to keep the weight of iOpener to just 2 ounces and it added just .218" to the overall thickness of the iPhone 3G. iOpener 4 will be thinner and lighter!!!

photo credit: Justin Anderson

We designed iOpener in the United States and then took it a step further. iOpener is also 100% manufactured, assembled and packaged in the U.S.A.  By making iOpener here we've helped to create jobs at a rapid prototyping shop, a metal fabrication shop, a plastic injection mold shop, two different packaging companies and a corrugated box factory.  The development so far has employed three graphic artists, an iphone app engineer, two web developers and two industrial designers.  We're proud of the American jobs we're making and with your help we plan to make a lot more.

So here is where you come in. As inventors and designers our dream is to make a broad line of cases with unique functions like iOpener.  But raising the cash for manufacturing, marketing and distributing a new product is a whole different problem. Most inventors just don't realize how much money is required to setup a business, build a web site, advertise and package a product properly for distribution.  Then there's customer service after the sale and more.  Fortunately we came to this project with an experienced team. Kickstarter is the ideal way for us to realize the ideas that we have in our small studio that we know people will love but big companies just won't ever do. Creating fresh stuff without the big company red tape is a dream come true for us. We believe in the emerging power of community and the individual to bring ideas to life and we hope that this is just the beginning. By pledging at least $25 you are pre-ordering iOpener 4 or by pledging $50 you get a two-fer, one for you and one for a friend. By ordering the iOpener your helping make what we believe is a very cool iPhone accessory a reality.

With your support we can make iOpener 4 a reality. We hope that you are inspired and excited by the idea and choose to support the project. Either way please spread the word and share with your friends. Everyone has at least one friend that drinks something that comes in a bottle.

Thank you!

Note: iOpener will retail for $29.95. iPhone not included. iPhone, Apple logo and Apple are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. Facbook isa registered trademark of Facebook, Inc.  Twitter is a registered trademark of twitter, Inc.  Corona isa  registered trademark of
Cerveceria Modelo.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    iOpener Fan - Announce your support for grassroots design and inventors! Join our story and get your name chiseled into the iOpener Backers Hall of Fame both on the website and the “Making Of iOpener” e-book.

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    iOpener Kicker Level - Your $25 pledge has just pre-ordered your own iOpener, the iPhone case designed to "Protect & Serve". You are among the first on the planet to own one and have given a huge boost to independent design and creativity. Your name will be inscribed on the website and the “Making Of iOpener” e-book and you'll receive an iOpener valued at $29.95. Includes shipping within the USA.

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    iOpener Double Kicker Level - Get one for yourself and one to share (one black & one white) at about $10 bucks off list price. We’ll put your name on the website and in the "Making of iOpener" e-book. Includes shipping within the USA

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    iOpener Super Kicker Level - Get four iOpeners to share (2 black, 2 white) autographed & serialized by the inventors, an autographed picture of the inventors, plus the PDF e-Book “The Making of iOpener” highlighting the design and development of the iOpener with sketches, design drawings, and pictures to enjoy on your computer, iPhone, iPad or any PDF device. We’ll put your name on the website and in the "Making of iOpener" e-book. Now we're super kicking, you got four iOpeners and you saved about $20! Includes shipping within the USA.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    iOpener Mega Kicker Level - Everything listed in the Super Kicker level. You have given a massive boost to independent designers and grassroots inventors everywhere. We're a Montana company, so to show their massive appreciation, Tom, Clay & Jim will also send a gift basket of their favorite Montana gourmet treats. Clay will even include some of his favorite flies for fishing in Montana and reluctantly give you the name and phone number of his favorite guide service! And if you're in the Bay Area, stop by Portola Valley Garage and Master Mechanic Tom Ramies will personally change your cars oil. You really want to see us succeed, thanks for the Mega Kicker. Includes shipping within the USA.

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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    iOpener Inner Circle Level - Get 12 iOpeners! Your name will be listed on the website, and E-book You'll get the Montana gift basket and flies (Includes shipping within the USA.) Plus one or more of the founders (everyone here is voting for Clay) will appear at your event and speak on inventing, entrepreneurship, innovation and the process of making products. Great booster donation for your high school or college; or companies looking for an awesome inspirational and innovation event. We'll also review and provide our input of your invention or product and how we would go about getting it to market. We'll travel anywhere VirginAmerica or Southwest airlines travels within the USA and cheap accomodations can be found. If the event is in or around the San Francisco Bay Area we'll drive and bring the whole team. Contact us for details before making this commitment so we can confirm availablity.

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    iOpener Fantasy Level - Get a day of high performance race car driving at Skip Barber Racing School at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California with Indy Lights licensed racing driver Michael Ramies. Use of race car, helmet, racing suite and instruction from Michael proivided. The whole West280 team will be there to cheer you on to victory. Plus everything in the Mega Kicker Level as our gift to you.

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Funding period

- (30 days)