Local man invents sturdy case for iPhones

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If you have an iPhone, you know they can be a big investment.  That is why a lot of people buy covers for them.
  
However, many of the covers do not protect your phone well or they look bulky, which is why an Indianapolis man invented a device that is functional, unique and looks good.
  
Paul Hoopengarner said his latest invention could benefit millions of people who have iPhones and want to protect them from being dropped.
  
The name of the product is called Xrossbones.  The name represents the skeleton cross member frame that protects your very valuable iPhone.
  
Hoopengarner bought one of the phones, looked on line for hours, but did not like the covers he saw.  He said the covers looked nice and not very protective, or as he calls them, big rubber bricks. 

“I really didn't want a rubber brick, so I thought ‘well I'll just design my own,’” said Hoopengarner. “So, I designed it out of carbon fiber and aluminum and I came up with a nice back plate.  And it's very strong, yet light and I can still see my phone, it wasn't buried under plastic.”

The cover surrounds the iPhone and is raised just enough if you drop it, it will hit the crossbones frame instead of the phone.  Additionally, it is not one look for all.  You can pick and choose, creating your own online.  There are eight different back plates, seven different rail colors and seven different corners.  Design your own, here

However, the covers are not a done deal yet.  Hoopengarner is trying to kick off production using “Kickstarter.”  It's a website that helps to get funding for start-up ventures. 
  
If they like your idea and proposal, they let you put your product and the amount you need to get it going on their website.  Then, people pledge money. 

Why would people do that?  Well, they would get a product that is brand new and generally at a discounted price.  Right now, the pledge cost for the Xrossbones covers is $25. However, if and when full production begins, covers will be $55. 

“So everything is ready to go, and once these people pledge and we get that amount, we'll start production for those particular black or red or green corner posts they've chosen and the same thing for the back plates,” said Hoopengarner.

Here's the catch: if they don't get the amount of money they need to start production, Kickstarter.com cancels the deal and customer credit cards never get charged.
 
For Hoopengarner’s product, he'll need  $13,000 for 250 covers by the beginning of April.  So if you're interested in the iPhone covers, click here or click here.

If successful, Paul is also planning to make covers for other devices, including the iPad.

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