The aluminum enclosure of Apple’s(s aapl) iPhone 5 and 5s is sleek and thin, a design trademark of the company. So an aluminum case for the handset sounds appealing, no? There’s only one problem: Using metal as a case material can affect phone reception. It’s a problem that’s been solved, however: A Kickstarter project for the Kloqe aluminum case has a patent-pending design that won’t affect the iPhone’s multiple antennas.
How does this work? Separate sections and some intelligent use of different materials:
“The last round of prototyping called for complete separation between the three sections of the iPhone and case. To do this, we used injection molding along with Electric Discharge Machining (EDM). These methods, in addition to the patent-pending design, allowed Kloqe to keep its all-aluminum body while combating all reception issues.”
As a result, the Kloqe wraps the iPhone 5 or 5s in aluminum in a design that’s very similar to the iPhone itself. Here’s a video look at the case and its design, which adds a minimal thickness to iPhones.
With aluminum considered a premium material, don’t expect the Kloqe to come cheaply. Early birds can still get in on an $89 deal, but it appears the full retail price will be $99. Kloqe will be available in four colors: black, white, space grey and champagne. The project has topped its $25,000 funding goal and still has 12 days to go; the first cases are expected to ship in April.