Lunecase Uses Electromagnetic Energy to Display iPhone Notifications

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Apr 29, 2014.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Ukrainian company Concepter today debuted a new Kickstarter project for the Lunecase, a new iPhone case that uses electromagnetic energy emitted from the iPhone to detect and alert users when a text message or phone call is placed.

    The Lunecase does does not require a battery or a connection with the phone, but it is able to determine when the iPhone receives an SMS message or a phone call, at which point it lights up an LED on the back of the phone to create a visual notification.

    The case is smart enough to tell the difference between the two types of notifications and the LED in the case is powered by energy emitted by the iPhone itself. Eliminating the need for a battery allows the Lunecase to retain a thin form factor while being able to provide notifications. Lunecase was initially shown off at CES 2014, where it received positive reactions.

    Currently, Concepter is creating Lunecases for the iPhone 5/5s and the iPhone 5c.

    A limited number of black Lunecases can be preordered on Kickstarter for $30, with a white Lunecase also available for the iPhone 5/5s for a pledge of $39. Personalized engraving is available for $99, and all Lunecases are expected to ship in August of 2014.

    Article Link: Lunecase Uses Electromagnetic Energy to Display iPhone Notifications
  2. Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    My iPhone has a builtin screen that can display the same information and more.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2011
    1 Infinite Loop
    Exactly. Kinda cool, but also kinda redundant.
  4. macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    It has not a battery nor a connection? Surely this uses some form of dark sorcery!
  5. macrumors 65816

    Dec 29, 2011
    Yeah this seems like very interesting technology
  6. macrumors 603


    Jan 20, 2010
    I blame Professor Snape
  7. macrumors 65816


    Apr 27, 2010
    Provo, UT
    I use the LED to notify me of messages when the phone is muted. It works fine, but can be a little intrusive. This might be cool for something a little more subtle.
  8. macrumors 6502


    Mar 30, 2009
    Kinda cool, but by the time it will ship I'll probably be looking at the iPhone 6 lol
  9. macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2011
    This is a little scary - the fact that this case can power its LED off of the background electromagnetic emissions of the iPhone tells you that there is fair bit of energy to exploit there. Makes you wonder if there is a genuine cause for concern.
  10. Guest


    Apr 26, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    It looks cool, but who rests their iPhone on its screen for this to be useful?

    A lot of Android phones (including my Nexus 5) have a notification LED which slowly pulses different customizable colors for different notifications, which I personally think is the way to go.
  11. macrumors 68000


    Jan 30, 2008
    Kinda cool.

    Maybe not immediately essential but could be an interesting starting point.
  12. macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2012
    Apple Logo

    Am I the only one that would love for this to be a Apple Logo just on :)
  13. macrumors 65816

    Jun 13, 2009
    Parts Unknown
    On one hand, it's cool to see accessory manufacturers go in new directions. On the other hand, I have no inclination to buy this when it might be delivered about 1-2 months before I upgrade my phone.
  14. macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2011
    I agree that it's a cause of concern that it can be powered by electromagnetic energy released from the phone, but I'm no physicist. Cool technology though.

    You know what would be cooler? Apple turning the Touch ID capacitive ring into an LED notification. Just imagine a glowing home button.
  15. macrumors 601


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    What do you mean? Are you concerned that the iPhone isn't using 100% of it energy efficiently? Because nothing does, including your body.
  16. macrumors 68000

    Apr 24, 2006
    If your phone didn't emit electromagnetic energy, it wouldn't *work*. That's what radio waves are. It looks/sounds like it's leeching power off your phone's transmit antenna, which 'powers up' when there is an incoming call or text.

    If I'm right, I can't imagine this is going to do good things for signal strength/reception, and that'll cause your battery to drain faster.

    I agree that it's a cool bit of tech, though. Even if maybe not practical.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2011
    I thought about the LED flash as well, and thought "what's the point?"

    The case might be more subtle, but I ask again: "what's the point?" The one time subtlety might be important is if your phone is lying face down on a table, in a meeting.

    Or perhaps when you are sneaking into a super-villain's lair, and you don't want an incoming text message to alert his minions/goons until you can render them unconscious with a Vulcan nerve-pinch.
  18. macrumors 68000

    Apr 24, 2006
    I tried using the LED flash as a notification light for about a week. My wife wanted to kill me at night because it was so freaking bright. I didn't blame her.
  19. macrumors 68030


    Oct 6, 2008
    I'm pretty sure you can power an LED off of a potato, so I wouldn't be too concerned.
  20. macrumors 65816


    Apr 27, 2010
    Provo, UT
    I find it fairly useful, like when I'm in a meeting I will put my phone face down on the table or on my lap. Then it catches my attention through my peripheral vision. I have email set to not vibrate, so it doesn't make any sound at all.

    What's kind of funny is that I can see the LED through my jeans pocket, so when I miss the vibration (don't know why I can't always feel the vibration) or if it's an email, I see the flash.
  21. macrumors 603


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
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  22. macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2012
    Alright. This is nothing new. I used to buy the sticker stuff of this for $1 when I still had a Nokia 3310. I doubt this will be as effective as people think it is. Sure, the case will be able to distinguish AND detect signals for SMS and calls. It's just a matter of duration of the signal. HOWEVER, it would not be able to identify normal notifications like email, iMessage, Facebook chat, or basically any internet based notification since those use a different frequency and emit a different type of signal. So yeah.. Sorry guys.
  23. macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2006
    Where I live
    Nah, CNN is all about the plane these days!
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2011
    I can understand her annoyance. But, I have to ask: how would this case with a muted light be any better?

    Unless you happened to be lying awake with your eyes open, you won't notice it. And if you were, you would could achieve the same thing by putting the phone on its back, so you could see the screen light up.

    This seems to be a solution in search of a problem. And I don't see a problem. Sure, it's a cool demonstration of technology, but once beyond you get beyond the "science project" concept, there's nothing there.
  25. macrumors 6502

    Apr 22, 2011
    Does the screen light up with do not disturb on?

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