This already-funded Indiegogo project delivers seven handy tools in a single slimline case. And early buyers get bodies for iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5.
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Despite measuring just 3mm thick, the ReadyCase includes a removable USB flash drive (8GB or 16GB), a removable multitool (with standard and serrated blades, a flat-head screwdriver, and a bottle opener), a lens ring for use with three interchangeable lenses, and a headphone clip for keeping your earbuds close at hand and tangle-free.
All that's pretty cool already, but the flash drive can double as a kickstand, propping up your iPhone in portrait or landscape orientations, and at multiple angles for each.
Also, lest you forget, it's a case.
The ReadyCase is designed for the iPhone 4/4S, but there's already an iPhone 5 version in the works. In fact, anyone who pledges at least $40 to the project will get bodies for both models, which I think is a pretty generous offer.
Several of the early-bird options are already sold out, but you can still get the base ReadyCase with an 8GB flash drive for $40, or a ReadyCase with lenses and a 16GB drive for $60. Retail prices will likely be higher -- though hopefully not much higher, because I think the current prices are pretty spot-on in terms of value.
My current kickstand case, the Zero Chroma Teatro, needs replacing, as the hinge that holds the stand is wearing out. Given that I'm already used to a sliver of extra bulk in my pocket, the ReadyCase seems like a logical killer upgrade. The only downside is I'll have to wait until February, which, according to a company rep, is the earliest these will ship. So much for getting Santa to put one under my menorah.
What do you think of the ReadyCase? I'm sufficiently excited about it that it just became the second crowdsourced project I've ever funded. (This is the first one.)