A major trend we're seeing in iPhone cases is the combination of protecting your phone and protecting yourself. Previously, we've covered the Yellow Jacket, which turns your iPhone into a stun gun, and the Spraytect case, which adds pepper spray to your iPhone. A new product, called the Coyote Case, uses an incredibly loud siren as its method of protection.
The Coyote Case is able to emit an ear-piercing 100db sound. As a standard of comparison, that's about the same as a standard household smoke detector. That should be loud enough to alert anyone in the area, and hopefully scare a would-be attacker away. The idea is that it would have similar effect to a house alarm, where the attacker realizes there is too much attention being drawn by the noise, and runs off.
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Besides the loud noise, the case also uses Bluetooth to communicate with its app. This app, which is already developed, will relay your GPS location in a text message to the phone numbers you list as emergency contacts. When you trigger the case's alarm, the Bluetooth 4.0 technology wakes up the phone, launches the app, and sends the text messages automatically.The app will be available for free, so all you need to purchase is the case itself.
The case itself is surprisingly thin, at only a third of an inch (8.46 mm). That means it shouldn't add too much bulk to your phone. The case will be available for the iPhone 4/4S and the new iPhone 5. A choice of five colors is planned for the initial run, those being blue, red, pink, black, and white.
The creators are currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, with a goal of US$120,000. As of this writing, they are sitting at just over $2,000. There is still plenty of time, as the campaign runs through November 26. If you want to grab a case for yourself, you can still get in on the early funder special and pay $60. After that, there is a limited run of 400 cases for $67. Once that batch is gone, it will be $75 to get a case of your own.
The video from the creators below demonstrates the Coyote Case.