Feature Article

January 21, 2014

HOYO Smartphone Pocket Offers Crowdsourced Protection for Your Smartphone

While there is plenty of reason to stay away from tech projects that are crowd funded, the neat thing about this relatively new endeavor is that every once in a while, you can really find a diamond in the rough. Websites like Kickstarter have made it possible for inventors to bring their devices and applications to the public much quicker than they ever could have hoped. Projects that wouldn’t be big enough revenue generators for large companies can now also be funded thanks to there being enough people willing to pony up a small fee in order to see a project mass produced.

 One such project that is looking to be funded by the masses is the HOYO smartphone case. The project is on Kickstarter now and should it actually get the full funding, supporters of the device that ends it crowd funding run on March 16 will be the first to get a case that is fully waterproof. The HOYO is billed as a “pocket” for your smartphone that can allow you to take your iPhone or Android device almost anywhere.

Not every crowdsourcing project is going to be one that provides a tool that is useful in everyday life. For every one that puts together a new kind of iPad stylus or smartphone case there’s one that puts together an application that purports to be able to actually decode dog barking.

People need to be careful when offering up their hard earned money to these Kickstarters but the HOYO appears to be pretty legit. At least the case is promising something that’s actually based in reality. The HOYO is made of 100 percent waterproof and dustproof plastic. That means that the case not only allows you to take your smartphone into a swimming pool without worry, it also allows you to have it in extreme environments that are either really humid or really dry.  The best part is that despite the protection, people will still have full on touch screen compatibility.

The smartphone case also comes with a suction cup and strap so people can attach it to a smooth surface in case they want to stow it somewhere while they go to work in a wet or messy area. In order for this particular device to become reality, the designers need about $40,000 before the time runs out. 




Edited by Cassandra Tucker


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