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  • TidyTilt: Smart Cover for iPhone 4/iPhone 4S

    Want a Smart Cover for your iPhone 4/iPhone 4S?

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    There have been several attempts to make a Smart Cover for the iPhone, but here's a cool one. It's called the TidyTilt and it's expected to be launched by January 29th of this year. The designers behind the product are two design students from Chicago named, Derek Tarnow and Zahra Tashakorinia. The design is nearly similar to that of the Smart Cover for the iPad 2, except there's one major difference, the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S don't have that magnet engineering that the iPad 2 does. To make the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S work with this cover, there is actually a mount that has to be placed on the back of the iPhone. It is a stainless steel band that is stuck to the iPhone's rear end with sticky adhesive. The colored TidyTilt is magnet-integrated, so it clings to that stainless steel band that you put on the rear end.

    It's called the TidyTilt because it can be used for two things. One, is that you can use it as a tilt so that you can view your iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S at and angle, the same way that the Smart Cover allows you to see your iPad 2 at a slanted angle if you lay it down with the cover mangled up. The second use is that because the TidyTilt is free-standing from the stainless steel band, you can use it as a headphone tidier, which you loop your headphones around and then close with the magnets on the edges. It can hold headphones or a USB sync cable. You can see it in action in the image below:



    If you're worried about magnets around your precious iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S, then have no fear, because the iPhone uses flash memory instead of magnetic hard disk drives. You won't have to worry about anything damaging your storage. The creators of TidyTilt warn though that the magnets from TidyTilt will affect the Compass application because it uses a magnetometer to find North, however you can return the compass's actions to normal by removing the magnetic TidyTilt while you use the Compass application. The only thing that I would worry about might be that adhesive - we don't know exactly how sticky it is or if it's bad for the back of the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S because of the oleophobic coating on the glass.



    Basically, you can use it for many things, like sticking the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S to surfaces that are magnetic, which makes things easier depending on what you're doing. One example in the video is someone sticking the iPhone to a white board so that they can read it while they write on the white board - probably to copy what is being displayed on the screen. So the TidyTilt is capable of not only making your iPhone easier to see at angles, and storing your wires, but also for making it accessible in difficult locations. You will also see that the stainless steel bezel that is put on the rear of the iPhone lifts it from surfaces, so that means that it will protect the back from getting scratched when you lay it on a table. They also show us how it can be placed on the back of hard cases as well as the rear of the iPhone itself.

    TinyTilt appears to be made out of the same materials as the iPad 2 Smart Cover. It includes a hole for the camera lens (which personally I would recommend removing the TidyTilt for pictures). The cost for this accessory is $19 and you can select a color of black, blue, green, or pink. It's great for steadying your iPhone for a FaceTime call or watching a video. I think that this might be a cool little product to have for just $19, but there might be better alternatives out there if you look hard enough. I think I might pick one of these up. What do you think about the TidyTilt? Share in the comments.

    Sources: KickStarter via Redmond Pie
    This article was originally published in forum thread: TidyTilt: Smart Cover for iPhone 4/iPhone 4S started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. Maverick00's Avatar
      Maverick00 -
      Want.... Only one problem: I don't have an iPhone 4....
    1. R.Mortera's Avatar
      R.Mortera -
      Then why'd you read and reply? ^

      This is really nice, have this for my iPad and it works phenomenal.
    1. DefJammable's Avatar
      DefJammable -
      Just bought me one as soon as I finished watching the video. Very interesting & can't wait to get my hands on it
    1. JS52's Avatar
      JS52 -
      This looks very intriguing. The design is very simple, which I find appealing for accessories of Apple products. The cheap cost is also very nice. Thumbs up for young entrepreneurs!
    1. petrusk's Avatar
      petrusk -
      Quote Originally Posted by R.Mortera View Post
      Then why'd you read and reply? ^

      This is really nice, have this for my iPad and it works phenomenal.
      I love my iPad smart cover (using it now heh) but frankly I don't see how tilting your iPhone is that great seeing as how you can just hold it in your hand... Still neat idea
    1. chad daddy's Avatar
      chad daddy -
      Always wanted one of these knew it was comin sooner or later.
    1. haibane's Avatar
      haibane -
      This looks dumb. I don't use earbuds, but I do have IEMS. My phone needs a more realistic case, and I really don't like that it kills the compass. Try a bit harder and I might buy this.
    1. lkailburn's Avatar
      lkailburn -
      Wonder what grade of stainless is used if its magnetic...

      -Luke
    1. Hillefied's Avatar
      Hillefied -
      Quote Originally Posted by haibane View Post
      This looks dumb. I don't use earbuds, but I do have IEMS. My phone needs a more realistic case, and I really don't like that it kills the compass. Try a bit harder and I might buy this.
      You may not use earbuds, but everyone uses a charging cable. this just keeps the cable a bit more organized and "tidy" so you don't have to deal with tangles. This doesn't serve as a case. It's just a unique way of utilizing your phone as shown in the video. It's innovative and creative.

      And compass is not killed by this, it is temporary and unless you're incredibly lazy, simply removing the magnetic trifolding back, the compass appears to work fine.

      Did you even watch the video?

      Quote Originally Posted by lkailburn View Post
      Wonder what grade of stainless is used if its magnetic...

      -Luke
      The stainless steel rim that adheres to the phone is not magnetic. The trifold flap is what is magnetic. You need to watch the video closely to see that.

      All grades of steel can have magnetic material attach to it. FYI
    1. Colby21's Avatar
      Colby21 -
      How does that iphone stick to the wall and fridge unless that metal frame is magnetic too? And if that frame is also magnetic, then the compass would still malfunction even after you remove that dinky little cover.
    1. Hillefied's Avatar
      Hillefied -
      Quote Originally Posted by Colby21 View Post
      How does that iphone stick to the wall and fridge unless that metal frame is magnetic too? And if that frame is also magnetic, then the compass would still malfunction even after you remove that dinky little cover.
      Read my previous post and watch the video closely. The magnetic trifold is the only thing that is magnetic.
    1. Cellular's Avatar
      Cellular -
      I couldn't help but lol at "please view video content on a computer"
      Idevices don't like anthony and his articles video links :/
    1. Hillefied's Avatar
      Hillefied -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cellular View Post
      I couldn't help but lol at "please view video content on a computer"
      Idevices don't like anthony and his articles video links :/
      BB Code is much different than HTML. A link to the website address could have sufficed since the ModMyi app has a built in browser, but not for good ole Tony. Lol. I only jest. No offense intended.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Colby21 View Post
      How does that iphone stick to the wall and fridge unless that metal frame is magnetic too? And if that frame is also magnetic, then the compass would still malfunction even after you remove that dinky little cover.
      They dont show it, but when they stick it to the White Board, the cover/kickstand is probably on. They say in the video that the band that goes on the back of the iphone is stainless steal and that the tidytilt cover has 3 magnetic bands going through it.....
    1. rocketApe's Avatar
      rocketApe -
      All grades of steel can have magnetic material attach to it. FYI[/QUOTE]

      Not true. Depends on the grade of stainless. The amount of nickel or carbon can affect the magnetism. Iron is magnetic, but it also oxidizes rapidly, so nickel and carbon are added to counteract this, hence the term "stainless." The greater the nickel content, the more resistant to rust, and the lower attraction to magnets. FYI.
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      I love buying things online but it really does suck that the shipping cost is more then 1/2 the price not even including customs. Totally would have loved but not for 29+tax.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Shipping is FREE if you live in the states
    1. bigliquid530's Avatar
      bigliquid530 -
      F//K the compass.....lol
    1. Airwaves182's Avatar
      Airwaves182 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigliquid530 View Post
      F//K the compass.....lol
      Haha agreed! I Never use that crapp!
    1. boostin4hp's Avatar
      boostin4hp -
      Ok I'll sau it... Whats with the Purple Scarf!?