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Deal Of The Day: 14% Off On DodoCase

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Oh no, not another iPhone case, right? Yeah, well it is. But that’s ok because we so rarely cover them, and well, this one’s kind of neat. The DodoCase makes your iPhone 5 and 5S look like a little book.

Handcrafted in San Francisco, each iPhone case features a book-like exterior made from high quality fabric, an innovative, reusable adhesive for attaching the device to the case, and an elastic strap to hold the case securely closed.

Remember dead tree books? They’re still around, and there’s a certain nostalgia in disguising your modern breakfast-logging machine as an old-school booklet, so we kind of dig it. There are 8 colours available, and instead of having to pay $35 for it, you can have it for $29.99.

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This iPhone Case Will Light Your Cigarete

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There are iPhone cases for just about any function, and you can now add ‘cigarette lighter’ to that list. The Supernova iPhone Case contains a heating element that gets hot enough to get your cancer stick going… and that’s all it does. The advantages is that none of your friends will steal it, the way that lighters tend to get “misplaced” once they’ve been lent out. It’s rechargeable through MicroUSB, just like most gadgets out on the market today.

$35

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SMS Case Sends Smoke Signals

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This is an iPhone case that makes messaging less, not more, efficient. The SMS, by artist/hacker Dennis DeBel, stands for “Smoke Messaging System” and it uses a rather bulky oil vaporizer to generate wisps of smoke on command. You then record these “signals” on the rear facing camera and send the video over to your friends for interpretation. We suppose that if you want to communicate secretly, in a made up smoke signal system, this is the thing for you. But the problem is it’s not a real product, only something of a prototype that has no real plans for commercialization.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ NoPuedoCreer ]

UpperCup: Because Phones Are Like Cars, And You Can Never Have Too Many Cup-holders

Really, how much commentary is necessary here? You’re looking at an iPhone case that doubles as a cup holder. Just insert your Starbucks liquid crack in there, and text away without having to find another place to put your drink down on. Is it necessary? No. Is it useful? Marginally. Is it cool? No comment. Will you even be able to hold your phone properly, with the weight of the coffee pulling it forward? The physics department is still in discussions.

We’ll tell you this: it’s $25 for the iPhone 4/4S and $5 more for the iPhone 5. And it might not even come to market, unless the IndieGogo campaign reaches $25,000, which it’s very, very far from at the moment.

Will people buy this in droves just because of the novelty, and the ability to walk around looking like a tool? Or will we just snicker a little, tell our roommates “hey, check this out!” and move on?

[ Product Page ] VIA [ BitRebels ]

These iPhone Cases With (Fake) Swappable Ears Are, Well, All Ears

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Ever wanted to appear like you aren’t on the phone even when you actually really are? Well, at least at first glance, anyway? Then you’ll probably want to check out these All Ears iPhone cases by Fred and Friends that are literally all ears. This isn’t the first time that someone decided to make a phone case featuring the body part where they’re likely to be used on, but these are probably some of the quirkiest ones I’ve ever seen.

These will also give you more bang for your buck because you’re sort of getting six different cases in one. The All Ears case comes in two versions: the guy version and the girl version. Each comes with a hard-plastic clear case and six different ear inserts that range from tame ears to wild and crazy-looking ones.

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PopSlate – An iPhone Case With An E-Ink Screen

Why would you want a screen on your iPhone 5 case? So you can snap a picture of whatever you want and use that to personalize the case, of course. Don’t wanna snap a pic? Just use one of at least a dozen pictures you can find on the Interwebs. The case uses an E-Ink screen which sips a tiny bit of battery to change the picture, but at no other time. This means that unless you’re constantly updating the display, it’ll barely have an impact on battery life.

The related application also allows you to exchange pics with your friends, and manage your pictures. Finally, there’s a feature that uses the phone’s accelerometer to help you cycle through your pics by just double tapping the back of your phone. We’re not sure if this is an always-on thing that would have you accidentally changing pics all the time, but we doubt it. And since this uses the Lightning connector it is limited to the iPhone 5.

$99 gets you a case, but the company needs to reach their funding goal beforehand. They’re a little over halfway there, so it might happen.

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Thanks for the tip, Radu.

Sensus iPhone Case Adds Two Touch-Sensitive Surfaces

Here’s a product we’d love to see succeed but for which we have little hope. It’s called the Sensus and is technically yet another case for the iPhone. However, it’s got a couple of features that could make it pretty awesome: its surface is touch sensitive. The idea is that it could add PS Vita-like controls to your phone. So you could play games and control them with your fingers resting on the back of the device rather than directly on the screen, which has always been a chief complaint amongst mobile gamers. Another use would be reading, and being able to turn pages without smudging your screen. There are two separate touch surfaces, one on the back and another along the edges, and it even contains a processor of its own that’s dedicated to processing the touch inputs. This could in theory free up processing power on the iPhone itself, so it could focus more on non touch-related tasks.

It all sounds pretty cool, so why are we a little hopeless? Well, mainly because the Sensus’ success will depend on developer support. It just won’t work if developers don’t code their applications with the Sensus’ functionality in mind. And while the company claims to have “excited developers” on board, that’s a claim that’s easy to make. Until we see who and how many, it’s dead in the water. Still, you should know it’ll be available for $59 in Q1 2013, but you can pre-order now for $39.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

The Readycase Is The Swiss Army Knife Of iPhone Cases

iPhone cases?! Yaaawwn!! Amirite? But hear us out: the Readycase doesn’t look like your average, run-of-the-mill case. Although it is primarily a 3mm thin protection for your mobile, it also doubles as a multipurpose tool. It’s loaded with a bunch of things that could actually be useful now and then. For instance, it’s got a “headphone clip; a magnetic quick-snap ring for interchangeable camera lenses; a 8GB/16GB USB drive which doubles as a multi-orientation, adjustable kick-stand; a multi-tool with a bottle opener; serrated blade, and screwdriver.”

Right now it’s a fully-funded project on IndieGoGo and $40 will get you started. At that price you get both an iPhone 4S and 5 body, as well as a 8GB flash drive.

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How About A Little Wood For An iPhone Case?

The iPhone 5 is nigh, and its relatively minor cosmetic changes mean that the entire accessory ecosystem gets to start churning out a new generation of products once again. We’ll soon be flooded by new docks, clocks, robots, and teddy bears that work with the newest iPhone. Of the first batch of these, we really like the above Miniot Book. It’s made from hand crafted wood and gives your phone a kind of organic chic that we feel serves as a good counterbalance to the phone’s industrial coldness. A slotted hinge along the side lets you turn one side of the cover into an angled stand so it’s kind of dual-purpose as well.

Of course, the words “hand-crafted wood” don’t typically find themselves in the same sentence as the word “cheap” (well… except here), and the Minion Book is no exception: $143 once it’s launched.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]