Indiegogo Project: TaskOne – The Swiss Army Knife of iPhone Cases

Posted in Apple News, iPhone on 21/11/2012 by Chris Hauk


Now, you know you’re going to want this… Ex-Apple engineer Addision Shelton is launching the Swiss Army knife of iPhone cases with his new Indiegogo product called “TaskOne.”

The case is made of aircraft aluminum and polycarbonate, (read that as “sturdy as hell”), and the enclosure has 16 tools enclosed in it.

The tools are as follows:

  • 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

From the TaskOne website:

Now you can carry a fully functional, high-quality multi-tool built right into the case of your iPhone.  And at 89 grams you won’t even notice it is there. Utilizing quality hardened tool steels, aircraft aluminum, and polycarbonate, TaskOne is the next generation of multi-tools. Sixteen of the most useful tools are engineered into a package that adds no more thickness to your phone than a standard case.

The site claims that the total thickness of the case is as thin, or thinner than many other cases, and comes in a variety of colors: Slate Grey, Cherry Red, Jet Black, and the Indiegogo only color Orange Flame.

The tools are housed in a light but strong precision machined aircraft aluminum enclosure connected to the phone via molded outer polycarbonate bands. The tools are secured via custom spring assemblies. Extend them via the low-profile buttons on the back of the phone, and the tools are automatically fixed in the extended position during use. The raised bezel on the front of the case keeps the screen safe from damage.

More information about the tools included in the case is available on the Indiegogo website, as well as some great photos of the tools in action.

As is usual in this type of offering, various pledge levels are available, ranging from $25 (you’ll receive a holiday thank you card),  all the way up to $6,250, (The Mega Distributor Pack. One hundred TaskOne cases, with free shipping in the US.) The Early Bird Special will probably receive the most action at first, where for $75 bucks you’ll get a jet black TaskOne for either the iPhone 4/4S, or the iPhone 5.

This looks like a really cool project, and I’m hoping it will get off of the ground. I’ll be making a pledge as soon as I finish writing this article.

If we can get our hands on a TaskOne we’ll be sure to give you a full and complete report on it.


Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine and the Internet.