Smartphone cases were originally designed to be Murphy repellent but over the years, we’ve seen some manufacturers add additional functionality as a way to stand out from the crowd (wallet and battery cases are two excellent examples).
Modular smartphone accessories like those from Motorola take this concept a step further although a new “case” seeking funding on Kickstarter may be the most ambitious undertaking yet in terms of boosting flexibility.
Eye is a “smart case” for your iPhone that more or less consists of an entire Android phone. It features a 5-inch, always-on FHD AMOLED display, two SIM card slots, a microSD card that supports up to 256GB of storage, a built-in 2,800mAh battery, Qi wireless charging, NFC, infrared and a 3.5mm headphone jack, among other features.
The case connects to the iPhone via the Lightning port which is said to offer transfer speeds up to 130MB per second. Esti Inc., the company behind the campaign, says it runs Android 7.1 Nougat on its own chipset although details on said chipset weren’t provided.
The oddity has already blown past its initial funding goal of $95,000 with more than $160,000 pledged from close to 1,200 backers as of writing (and there’s still 31 days to go). As such, it’s not a matter of if it’ll get funded but whether or not Esti will be able to deliver on its promises.
A pledge of $95 is needed to get your name in the hat for an August 2017 delivery.