CES 2013: Canopy’s Sensus case adds touch controls to the back of your iPhone

By , Jan 7, 2013

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As CES marches on, it’s getting tougher and tougher to keep up with all of the different iOS accessory announcements. But we’re trying. Earlier today we saw the Hapifork from Hapilabs, and Griffin’s PowerDock, and now we’ve got an interesting case to show you.

The Sensus iPhone case, from Canopy, is very unique in that it has a 10-point touch sensor across the back, and built into the sides of it. This enables users to interact with applications and perform other tasks without actually touching the handset’s display…

“But it’s a touch screen device. That’s what you do is touch the screen.” Yes, but there are several ways this could benefit users. Think one-handed operation. Or better yet, think gaming. With controls on the back, your fingers wouldn’t block the on-screen action.

Actually, Canopy’s intentions for the case are much more noble. The Sensus comes with apps that are designed for the visually impaired, along with Braille entry on its touch panels. But the firm has also released a development kit for folks who want to build for it.

The case itself is a bit thicker than average, and is constructed from durable polycarbonate with rubber corners to protect the iPhone from drops and other mishaps. It has a built-in processor that monitors touch input, and it is powered via the iPhone’s charging port.

Unfortunately, the case is only currently available for the iPhone 4/4S, but the company is working on an iPhone 5 model. If you’re interested, Canopy’s Sensus case will be available during the Summer of 2013, and run you somewhere between $59 and $99.

What do you think of the Sensus case?

[via TechCrunch]

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  • http://twitter.com/jaredgibbs Armed in the Villa

    Novel idea!

  • Ali

    Nice! Can really change the way people use their iPhones; scrolling for example.
    It wouldn’t hurt to make it into a strong case as well.

  • iBanks

    This is DOPE!! I announced the idea of a touch screen back iPhone on my FB page back at the beginning of the summer and people thought it was crazy. The ability to have my finger out of the way in some cases is very appealing too me. The touch sensitive siding is lovely. I like it. I want this for my i5.

    • Honchos

      So did Sony, 2 years ago.

      • iBanks

        And one other phone as well and both were pure shit flops. An iPhone on the other hand…. Perfection.

      • THEBANDIT240

        Oh lord Jesus its a fanboy

      • iBanks

        True indeed.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Cannan/100000630162509 Steven Cannan

        We need to hand them I’m Android

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Cannan/100000630162509 Steven Cannan

    This is on the PS vita would a lawsuit come in of patants?

    • lebboytech

      Maybe but maybe not because it isn’t apple who is make this so it might bother them less and honestly i’m not sure sony has that patent

  • Guest

    Sue them Sony!!

  • http://twitter.com/wamid Mohammed Shehab

    I like it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jajidejumbo Justin Koopmann

    am i the only one who thinks this is useless?