There is this new Kickstarter project. It’s called Eye, and it’s a smart case unlike one we’ve ever seen. an iPhone owner who wishes to run Android operating system on their device but due to the security protocols laid down by Apple, it is not possible to do so. Then, this product could be the answer.
ESTI Inc., a company based in Tel Aviv, Israel has designed a case for iPhones called the ‘Eye’ that has built-in Android phone. In other words, ESTI has essentially attached an Android smartphone at the back of the iPhone with its case. The smartphone case will be compatible with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus.
The case is designed for iPhone users who don’t want to upgrade but still want some fresh tech, such as an AMOLED display or an infrared blaster. This stuff isn’t new to those of us using Android phones, of course, but it’s sure to open up a whole new world for iPhone users.
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It’s a very compelling concept and product, and for an early bird price tag of $95, it almost sounds too good to be true. Eye was able to quickly beat its goal of $95,000, and with over a month left to collect funds they should be able to fund all their development needs and have some room left over for unforeseen challenges.
The Eye case will come in both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch variants and is supposed to improve your iPhone experience in many ways. The Eye features a 5-inch Full HD display with Always-on functionality and is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU.
It will come with 2,800 mAh battery that charges the iPhone complete with wireless charging support, up to 256GB of extra iPhone storage via microSD, two additional SIM slots, an infrared blaster, NFC support, and even a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack. Eye runs on Android 7.1 Nougat, and will also have access to the Google Play.
Android exclusive features, like native call recording, the file explorer, customization, file transfers, and Android apps are all made available to iPhone users via the Eye case. The Eye will enable selfies with the higher-quality rear-facing camera of the iPhone by mirroring the iPhone’s display to the back of the device.
This allows for Portrait Mode selfies, according to the Kickstarter page. The creators also claim the case-phone-thing will get OS updates for two years, which is kind of difficult even for the established phone makers to provide.
The first Eye cases will ship in August 2017, which is a month before the iPhone 8 arrives. The case is eventually expected to retail between $189 and $229 for the 4G LTE version. However, the early backers of the campaign can get it at just $95 (without 4G).