Published On: Sun, Jul 20th, 2014

Smartphone Users Get New Handle on their iPhones

People have used this method throughout history to turn rocks, metal and bone into axes and hammers.


Fonhandle
iphone users might want to take advantage of the new Fonhandle, a smart phone cover with an extended rubber handle which lets the user get a better grip while no longer needing to hold the phone itself. It is designed by Israeli entrepreneur Yonatan Assouline, who is currently seeking funding in a Kickstarter campaign.

Fonhandle’s creator says the device is inspired by hafting, the act of attaching artifacts to a handle to turn them into useful objects. He says that people have used this method throughout history to turn rocks, metal and bone into axes and hammers, and a bit later on – simple lenses into magnifying glasses.

The company’s website states that, “It opens a world of new photographic and videographic opportunities, better ergonomics, easier web browsing and other functionalities that have yet to be discovered.”

The Kickstarter campaign has 62 backers so far, who have pledged $2, 674 out of a goal of $22, 000. The campaign has another 41 days to go. Investments can range from $1 to $250 with different gifts given to backers. A $250 investment gets you the first Fonhandle manufactured by the mold. It is due to be available for sale by the end of the year.



The device comes in Black Mamba, White Stallion, Smoked Water, Poppy Pink, Deep Wood and Lucid Lime. The lime is a Kickstarter limited edition made of transparent yellow-green acrylic for the company’s backers. The Deep Wood model is individually CNC milled from Cherry woodblock, hand finished and lacquer coated.

The handle also makes it much easier to take selfies. Currently made only for iPhones, it will eventually be offered for a variety of smartphones.

Assouline said it took him a year of sketching, modeling, sanding, printing and CNC-ing to develop the product. He says that he is “looking for the real magic that happens when imaginative concepts are formed into products that challenge and intrigue you. Products that make people smile and think – this is my mission.”

 

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