Logitech announces modular smartphone case system
By Darren Quick
May 1, 2014
Smartphones are going modular, so why not smartphone cases? That's just what Logitech is doing with its new case+ system. Designed for iPhone 5 and 5s, the heart of the system is the case+, a protective case measuring 127 x 61.7 x 12.4 mm that features a metal plate on the back to which the various accessories can be magnetically attached.
The add-on modules include the +tilt, a unit that adds a folding leather kickstand, earbud wrap and a magnetic mount that allows the phone to be attached to a metal surface, such as a fridge or filing cabinet. To prevent the inevitable tangle that comes from earbud cords when not in use, earbuds can be wrapped around the +tilt, which can then be detached and folded up to provide a handy storage solution.
For those whose iPhone serves as a central part of their in-car infotainment system there's the +drive car mount. This cylindrical unit adheres to the windshield or dash by way of a suction cup and locks in place with a twist. The phone, by way of the case+ then magnetically mounts to the unit, which also features a universal adapter that lets a second smartphone be used with the system.
Add-on battery packs are a popular accessory to extend the life of smartphones and the case+ system provides one in the form of the +energy, which snaps onto the back to double the iPhone's battery capacity. Power from the 2,300 mAh unit is transferred via a dongle that slots into the phone's Lightning connector.
The final accessory in the collection is the +wallet, which as the name suggests, turns the case into a wallet for carrying cash and cards. To prevent demagnetization of cards stored in the wallet, "Magnashield" technology is used to create a barrier between the cards and the magnetic mount. The +wallet will also work as a standalone wallet.
The case+ system will be released in the US this month for US$199, which includes the case+ and all of the aforementioned add-ons.