This case turns your iPhone into a Swiss Army knife, literally

By , Nov 22, 2012

Smartphones are often referred to as Swiss Army knives. They’re digital cameras, and movie players. And with their vast app selections, there’s little else they can’t do — much like the popular pocketable multi-tool.

But the new TaskOne case takes the term a little more literally. With its built-in 2.5″ drop point blade, bottle opener, wire cutters and host of other tools, it actually does turn your iPhone into a Swiss Army knife…

The TaskOne is the brainchild of Addison Shelton, a former Apple engineer. He describes the case as a “super sleek shell with more functionality than James Bond’s watch.” And judging by its feature set, he’s right.

Believe it or not, the case includes the following tools:

  • 2.5″ knife with 0.75″ of serrations
  • 1.8″ Sawblade
  • Small flathead screwdriver
  • Large flathead screwdriver
  • Medium Phillips screwdriver
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • 6 metric Allen wrenches
  • Wire stripper
  • 120mm ruler (110mm on iPhone 4/4s)
  • Bottle opener
  • Kickstand

The tools are housed in a machined aircraft aluminum enclosure and each one is secured via a custom spring assembly. To use one of them, simply slide up, or over, its corresponding switch on the back of the case.

Shelton says that the tools are built to be used, and are designed to withstand the abuse of real life. He assures they’ve been tested, retested, and tested some more for their appearance, functionality and performance.

If you’re interested in the case, you’ll want to check out its indiegogo page (similar to Kickstarter). A pledge of at least $75 gets you a TaskOne for your iPhone 4/4S or 5. The accessory should start shipping in April.

I think Mr. Shelton has done something really cool here, marrying all of these tools with an iPhone case. And while I probably won’t be getting one myself, I can see daily pocket knife/iPhone carriers giving it a shot.

What do you think of the TaskOne?

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  • http://twitter.com/itsa_virus Virus

    Ommm…. Ya….…

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.tilden.9 Jamie Tilden

    Suddenly hundreds of scratches on the back of your iPhone…

    • nima

      no, it has a cover then the knifes come on it

    • Joxie

      All the tools are staying in a housing, they do not directly touch your phone, therefore, have no fear for scratches!

  • http://twitter.com/priyanknauni Priyank Nauni

    one forget to take out the case and carry it in airport , will love to see the chaos then :P

    • Joxie

      the knife is the only thing that needs to be removed and it can be done in 2seconds without any tools involved. You can put the knife into your luggage and it’s all set

      • River

        Or you can just put the case in your luggage and be done with it…

  • Plain Jane

    Its Realapps from New Girl!

  • http://twitter.com/Terhoence Terence Ho

    I thought I saw something like this on the New Girl Tv show. Wonder what TSA would do if you brought it a long.

  • http://www.facebook.com/derfaust.mobile Der Faust

    that is an awesome product….useful!…. i was thinking though……could you imagine trying to on to an airplane with that… :)….. security would flip out!…..lol

    • http://www.facebook.com/derfaust.mobile Der Faust

      it would be like the scene in Total Recall(the original one…..)…..where he is going through that xray sensor and they see his gun….lol….but instead of a gun they would see your phone…lol….funny……i dont know why but i cant quit laughing about it….

  • http://twitter.com/thegabrielk Gabriel K

    what if you shifted it in your pocket, and one of the blades came out? O_o

    • Joxie

      all tools are kept in places by a individual sprig. There is no way on earth they can come out without your control.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hien.metallium Xellos Metallium

    zombies apocalypse?… have no fear!! the new iphone case is here.

  • Thorasgard

    Hyperbole abounds here. James Bond’s watch has a laser cutter and a grappling hook. Call me when you figure that one out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sean.ahner.3 Sean Ahner

    Awesome! It can be very useful when you need a tool. I can use it in emergency.

    • Joxie

      exactly. You can support us by pre-order the case on http://www.indiegogo ( dot )com/taksone Thank you

  • Cameron

    Are they going to be made for the IPOD series as well?

  • Eric

    Do they offer a cover for the iPad?