By “smart,” I mean a case that doesn’t require to be manually turned on – by flipping a dumb switch – when the smartphone runs low in power, and that can precisely display the battery level, beyond just flashing some LEDs on the side of the case!
The first app-controlled battery case
“The magic is in the app and some of the electronics that we’ve added,” says Remy Kone, the CEO of Twelve Monkeys. “The iPhone is in constant communication with the battery pack, sending very precise information on the energy levels and the phone consumption.”
A trick that allows the app to automatically start charging the iPhone when it runs low in power. No switch to flip!
Charges and synchronizes an iPhone with a standard micro USB cable
Another clever innovation is the ability to charge and synchronize the iPhone using a standard micro USB cable, whereas Mophie requires instead to pull the phone out of the case to sync it, using Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector.
“I can’t really say more than to point out that all Lightning connectors are not made equal, as the secret sauce is covered by the NDA we signed with Apple,” adds Kone.
The end results is that a USB cable is all you need now to charge all your gadgets on the go, including an iPhone.
A case charged with feelings
But what sets the Feeling Skin clearly apart from anything out there is its uncanny ability to express emotions via color pulsations, thanks to a light placed inside the case. Which explains it’s dome-like shape – a protuberance that doesn’t sit well in my pocket though.
“The goal is to let you stay even more connected with your closest friends, and share your real emotions. Which is really different from Facebook where most of the sharing is embellished and not really sincere,” explains Kone who also holds a PhD in philosophy.
The app allows you to share a “Mood Up” or a “Mood Down,” snap a short video and immediately share it among your closest circle of family and friends. “Interaction is all about sharing emotions and the Feeling Skin is the first wave of devices that makes this possible.”
The Feeling Skin is available for pre-order on Kickstarter for as low as $49, or more than half the price of a “dumb” Mophie. But you’ll have to hurry up!