Apple's iPhone introduced a whole new category of technology and unlocked an endless stream of applications that put a computer right into our pockets. Today there are apps for banking, sharing, dating, and gaming. Sometimes though, we need something a little more -- well -- tactile.
These cases take utility to the next level, building additional tools into your iPhone. Some of them are for defense, while others are for drinking or watching movies. And some are just plain odd. Take a look at a few of our favorite choices for unique iPhone case design.
Opena, the iPhone bottle opener case. So you never miss a call -- or a beer, again.
Multi-colored LED lights on the Endliss Smartcase for iPhone 5 flash in different patterns to notify you of an incoming message. It's compatible with Twitter, Facebook, texts messages, phone calls, and emails.
4 of 12 FLASH
FLASHr LED notifications
This LED notifications case never made it to market. The Kickstarter project, which used iOS's "LED Flash for Alerts" feature, illuminated the edges of your phone for calls, texts, and push notifications.
5 of 12 iKnucks
You can download the digital designs (here) to make your very own set of iKnuck, the iPhone defense system from Thingiverse.
6 of 12 Mace Case
Spray it and say it
The Mace Case is pepper spray and an iPhone case in one.
7 of 12 Yellow Jacket
650,000-volt iPhone case
The Yellow Jacket iPhone case prototype combines phone protection with personal protection in the form of a built-in stun gun.
Looking to take your iPhoneography to the next level? The Orbit Pro is a case with built-in lenes. The Orbit has been meticulously engineered with significant innovations to phone protection and mobile photography. In short, the iZZi Orbit takes the iPhone’s built in camera to the next level!
Using Peripheral Motion Lock Technology the case rotates through four different optical lenses -- a 180 degree fisheye, a 2X telephoto, a 67X wide-angle, and a macro lens.