iPhones have extended uses with many of them functioning as cameras, GPS, mobile computers and more, but they can be difficult to handle without blocking the lens, while wearing gloves or holding the device for extended periods of time.
Matt Parrill, founder of xDev Inc., agreed as he was personally inconvenienced and almost lost his iPhone (News - Alert) while trying to make a video while snowboarding – and that set him thinking.
The result? iXtreme, an adventure and gaming case for iPhones 4 and 5 via crowd-funding site Kickstarter.
iXtreme isn't an overnight product, but the end result of patient designing, engineering, testing and filing intellectual property for nearly two years. It's completely new and unique in the i-market and promises to raise the bar for smartphone cases.
Lightweight, rugged, protective, adaptable and mountable, the product has a tough composite outer shell and a shock-isolating inner liner that can be used as a daily-use case when the mounting features of the outer shell aren't required. The liner also holds the lens independent of the shell.
Moreover, it has water and dust-resistant sound portals, a three-element wide-angle lens, a lens guard and an integrated three-point mounting system with one-finger release. It also comes with a pair of iX Grips, four of the company's 0-degree and 90-degree adapters, and the iX Tripod Mount.
So what's special about the iXtreme? Its diversity.
Users can grip it, mount it or wear it. When they strap it on, they can capture wide-angle videos, click in iX grips and it simulates the feeling of a camcorder allowing them to make a HD video. The case can be practically mounted anywhere, leaving the hands completely free.
It allows access to the iPhone as a phone as well, and serves as a gaming console steering wheel. All this, with or without the lens!
The patent-pending design and three-point mounting system create tremendous mounting flexibility, and compatible with GoPro (News - Alert) accessories. Ixtreme is to be shipped to consumers in March 2013 and will retail at $99.
Kickstarter backers, however, will receieve a 50-percent discount to retail.
xDev, Inc. claims a cost-savings of up to 85 percent when comparing iXtreme to purpose-built POV cameras and protective phone cases.
Edited by Braden Becker