KickStarter Spotlight: Phorce

KickStarter Spotlight: Phorce

Nov 21, 2012

A few months ago I did a KickStarter Spotlight on the EverPurse which was a purse with a phone charger in it. I was very impressed with this idea and I have passed over similar KickStarter projects recently, but today I found one that goes miles beyond the EverPurse and is truly deserving of its own post. The project that I have been raving about is called Phorce, and it is billed as the world’s first smart bag. They aren’t just blowing smoke by saying that it is a smart bag, this bag has built in Bluetooth which allows it to communicate with any smartphone or laptop through a handy app. Of course, just like other similar bags it has a built in battery that allows for easy charging of a MacBook or any smartphone or tablet. The app allows the user to not only check the battery status of the bag, but also it will send push notifications if the bag leaves Bluetooth range.

Flexibility is one of Phorce’s biggest assets and my favorite feature of the bag is that it can be easily switched from a briefcase to a messenger bag to a full on backpack. I love this feature because it really makes Phorce one of the most accessible charging bags out there. The ability to switch between these different functions allows the Phorce to be utilized all day and for any job. Adding further flexibility is the fact that there are two separate versions of Phorce: one that simply includes 3 USB ports for phones and tablets, and the other that has a built-in MacBook charging connector. Also impressive is the battery power which has enough life to power a MacBook Pro for over 7 hours or to fully charge 3 iPhones at once.

The Phorce would have to be pretty ugly to keep me from buying this bag and luckily for all of us nobody will have to make that decision because the Phorce is gorgeous. Made of high quality fabric the bag looks fantastic and, at least from initial looks, seems incredibly well constructed. As an added bonus the clever wire manager makes sure that everything is accessible yet organized. While the price is steep at around $200 for the USB version and $300 for the MacBook model; from what I see now the Phorce seems to be completely worth it and a must have for any urbanite who is constantly on the go. Of course, like all KickStarter projects it cannot become available unless it receives the necessary funding; so get out there and help make the Phorce a reality.

KickStarter Spotlight: EverPurse

KickStarter Spotlight: EverPurse

Oct 10, 2012

It is very rare on Android Rundown that we give a shout out to the ladies. Tech blogs tend to be a very male-centric medium and in that nature there is not a lot of attention cast in the direction of some more feminine products. So with that in mind I present EverPurse, which really is exactly what it sounds like, a purse with that charges a smartphone. But what makes EverPurse so great is that it really rises beyond that and becomes something that is so much greater than just a purse with a battery.

The first aspect is that the phone slides gently into a slot or pocket on one side in the purse. This pocket has guides at the bottom that easily brings the phone onto the charger so there are no messy cords to deal with. Simply side the phone in and it is charging instantly; could not be simpler.

Secondly, the way the internal battery charges is ingenious. Using inductive charging, or more simply, wireless charging, the EverPurse is able to be placed onto a charging mat and it is automatically charging right away. There is no need to grab a cord and plug something in, and it can be charging for an entire night or just on a quick trip upstairs. Just like before, this really could not be simpler.

Another reason that I am excited about this project, even though I do not regularly carry a purse on me is that I appeals to the shift in the way that electronics are used now. There has been this shift and people need their phones to work all day and maybe they will not be at their house for a few hours during the middle of the day to charge their phone. By being able to quickly charge while on the train or walking to class is such a big advantage, and being able to do so discretely and stylishly in a major plus.