An interesting new iPhone case is garnering some attention in the tech world right now. It’s called the Lunecase, and it features a built-in LED alert system that can let you know when you are receiving a phone call or text message via a glowing icon.

That may not sound like a big deal, but the real trick is that it’s able to do this completely wirelessly, without the need for any batteries or a connection to your iPhone. And it pulls this off by utilizing the electromagnetic energy emitted by the device…


Here’s the developers’ description of the tech:

Electronic devices emit very small amounts of electromagnetic energy. The energy surrounds most technological products in our daily life. People have endeavoured to harness this energy and make it usable. We decided to transform the unused energy from the iPhone into a notification system on the back of the phone. Thus, we started to use the unused.

Some folks have expressed concern over the fact that their devices are emitting enough ‘invisible’ energy to power LEDs, but it’s worth noting that phones today emit far less electromagnetic energy than they did 5-10 years ago. It’s a very tiny amount.

So how does it work? Well the case itself is made of a hard, durable material, and features a snap-on design. Once attached, the case will alert you of an incoming call or text message, before it pops up on your iPhone’s screen, using light-up LED icons.

The group already has a working prototype, and has taken to Kickstarter to raise money for production. Unsurprisingly, the project has already surpassed its $50,000 fugoal with 36 days left to go. You can still get on the pre-order list with a $40 pledge.

The Lunecase comes in both white and black colors, and is available for all GSM models of the iPhone 5, 5s and 5c. Domestic shipping is included with the pledge price (add $5 for International), and the accessory is expected to be ready to go by August.

So, what do you think of the Lunecase?

  • Donovan


  • Linton Findlay

    Does the back change for each type of notification? It’s not clear and I’m not sure there would be a difference in energy for the case to tell the difference between notification type

    • mahe

      You can differ between SMS and calls because of the signal.

  • Lhu

    cases are boring

  • Likii111

    Its nice case but not very useful.. I dont put my iphone with face down

    • onesimpleclickk

      same here. your just asking to have your screen scratched.

      • romeodesigns

        Why do you not have a screen protector on yours? Do you prefer a virgin phone; no case or screen protection?

      • CS

        Screen protectors are awful. Just get a small case that lips over the front of the phone so it doesn’t scratch the front screen when face down…

      • VitoM

        Screen protector from MediaDevil, crystalclear one: very useful.

  • Vijay Panjwani


    • Guest

      it’s plastic. I thought we were supposed to hate the feel of plastic? Or it’s ok for an iPhone

      • Vijay Panjwani

        Lol! Nobody hates plastic (or mostly). If plastic is done right, you could get a beautiful phone. Like an iPhone 5c,or the lumia 1520 or you can even date back to the time of htc one x. The plastic used by the s3/4/5 and g2/g flex looks like it was imported directly from a dump yard!

  • Aris Adrianto

    I wish the led is around the case. That would be cool

  • Franklin Richards

    I like the Apple tribute style pitch. But I still prefer my phone naked.

  • Ethan Humphrey

    Just a side note, you might want to change intention to attention in the first line.

  • Innes

    I can see this being handy if your phone is face down all the time but if not then why would you want this except as a novelty item?

  • JulianZH

    $40…. And it’s useless.

  • Uhm, fancy, but pointless. What stops you from looking at the sceen when it lights up? Plus don’t you already have different alert tones for your calls and messages?

  • Dynamic

    Useless. Also, I’m pretty sure everyone in that video is a robot.

  • Qasim

    I used to have a small chip like thingy on my nokia 3310 which started emitting lights whenever i got a text or call which i remember i gir for around 25-50 cents

  • Jonathan

    Wow. I think this is the most amazingly designed smartphone case yet! The fact it has no batteries or wires, and just picks up the electromagnetic waves. I find that very impressive.

  • Chris Gilmore

    -_- Seriously? I showed y’all this on twitter the other day…

    So it only works on GMA? I have the Verizon version.

  • Telco Biru User

    Apple gonna buy this company.This case had a bright future

  • Shan

    With all due respect to the designers of this case….i ll never ever put down my iphone upside down…no matter its with or without screen protector….so..for ppl like me its yet another oh a new case..ok..move on…kinda…

  • Master

    Wow how amazing ……..NOT!!!! We used to have this thing in south africa back in the Days of Nokia 3310……..but because it’s on an iPhone all of a sudden it’s like WOW!!!……..*BS*

  • Technocrz!

    Wow thats inovatoin, but ill not buy this untill iPhone 6 and they make one for iPhone 6

  • onebyone_

    seeing the leaked pictures of the backside of the new iPhone model (Air or 6) may this will come with a light on the apple logo on the back like Macbooks has, if is true, they should control this light to turn ON just when your are in call or ” turn it OFF” from this…

  • Zzyzxd

    Looks fancy but…overpriced. I used to have one such electromagnetic LED pendant. Bought from Chinese for at most $5…

  • Too bad your phone has to be face down for this to be of any use. When your phone is face up, you’re already seeing the built in alerts in iOS.

  • E = mc^2 MISfit

    This tech has potential, but I agree that it seems pretty useless considering I can just read the alerts on my screen for even more data than the case provides. Not to mention that with a release date of August, seemingly 1 or 2 months before the release of the new iphone(s), it will instantly become obsolete.

  • Smeltn

    digging it

  • Frank Lopez

    Seriously who in the world put the face screen down? Plus wtf is the point of the case? stupid idea.

  • @dongiuj

    This is like the attachments for phones that used to have the retractable antenna. Put the attachment on to the antenna and it used to flash every time a call was coming, about 1-2seconds before the phone rung. I used to have one about….12 or so years ago.

  • Nice… But it is from Blackberry inspired… Nothing Fresh Idea, just copied

  • Matthew

    What’s the third app icon on the back? It looks a like a curved line.

  • Dan Alexander

    This is something that the iPhone should just do