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The crazy world of iPhone cases revealed

By Leigh D. Stark | 12:25 pm 05/02/2013

Apple isn’t the most used mobile operating system in the world, but it does seem to have a phone that has the most number of crazy oddball cases, with ideas ranging from a cup holder, a bottle opener, and even pepper spray.

Many of the ideas in this list started on crowd funding websites, such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo, while others have come from the depth of the net themselves. Which cases would you want on your phone?

Pepper Spray iPhone Case

Price: roughly $50

We weren’t aware how dangerous carrying a phone had suddenly become. Apparently, there’s a need for a case with pepper spray in it.

The makers of this case, Smartguard, have apparently integrated a safety tab so it doesn’t just go off, but if you do need to fire a burst of pepper spray, you can temporarily blind people when you remove the canister from the phone.

See this case…

Opena Bottle Opener Case

Price: $40

Invented by Australians and originally put up on Kickstarter, the Opena is a bottle opener in a case.

The mechanism for opening bottles slides out the back of the case and can be used on most bottles, but, unsurprisingly doesn’t include a corkscrew.

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iZZi Orbit

Price: $240

Another Kickstarter project, this one turns an iPhone into the shadow of an old Bolex film camera, complete with three lenses that mount over the top of the iPhone camera, the rotation switching between a 180 degree fish eye, two times telephoto, and a wide-angle lens.

It’s obviously not for everyone, and good luck sticking this in your pocket, but if you don’t care and love the camera in your iPhone so much, it might be worth checking out.

See this case…


Price: $80

Like the iZZi, this is another successful Kickstarter project, yet again based around the idea of photography.

This case works by being a converter, and making it possible to turn the iPhone into an eyepiece telescopes, microscopes, and binoculars.

Imagine being able to photograph what’s going on under the microscope, or hooking it up to a telescope and watching the stars. This case makes that possible.

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iMeshi Japanese Food Cases

Price: roughly $50

Food and phones go together like… well… accidents waiting to happen. You really shouldn’t drop your phone into your food, and that’s why these food cases confuse us.

These very unique cases will stick your smartphone in the guise of something someone wants to eat, such as barbecue eel, sushi rolls, fish, mushrooms, and fried chicken.

See these cases…

iFoolish Magic Drawing Case

Price: $30

Who doesn’t like an Etch A Sketch?

If you want to carry one around with you where ever you go, and haven’t yet worked out that an iPhone and any drawing app can essentially do the same thing, this is the case for you.

See this case…


Price: $14

We support anyone trying to raise money for breast cancer research, which these case-makers are doing, but this case is just… well… seriously?!

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Price: $30

Why anyone would want a cup holder for their iPhone is beyond us, but apparently, there are people out there who need to carry a cup of coffee and type on their phones at the same time.

This project was – at the time of writing – still trying to raise money. Whether it will succeed or not is anyone’s guess, but you can find it at Indiegogo.

See this case…

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