Hey, iPhone users: It’s 2018, Season 4 of Black Mirror just dropped, and Vine is making a comeback. What does this mean? That you don’t have the time to wait around for stuff to load due to crappy service or a bad Wi-Fi connection, that’s what.
All millennial impatience jokes aside, patchy cellular or crappy Wi-Fi is seriously inconvenient. Who wants to be worrying about missing or dropping a call and feeling the wrath of a boss, potential employer, or worse: a worried mom?
A Kickstarter project wants to help make sure that you’re never in a “Sorry, I didn’t have service” situation — and that you have a reliable connection to memes and Netflix (phew). Meet Firefly, a phone case with a built-in super antenna.
Firefly looks like an ordinary protective smartphone case, and it is — according to the Kickstarter page, the shell is completely shock absorbent and can prevent a cracked screen from a drop as high as 12 feet. Plus, the luminescent frame glows in the dark.
However, this case does much more than provide insurance for your clumsiness: its patented Super Antenna technology aims to strengthen cellular data, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connection, making for faster loading (and a decreased urge to throw your phone out the window). The idea is that you’ll be able to enjoy increased signal strength, coverage area, and frequency bandwidth — AKA less dropped calls, faster streaming, and non-pixelated FaceTime calls, even in areas that usually cause loading timeouts. And when your phone isn’t constantly searching for service, your battery will be left un-drained.
The science behind Firefly? According to the Kickstarter campaign page, the case captures your iPhone’s energy and re-radiates it with the best possible coverage pattern. Because the antennas already inside your phone are narrowband, they only cover a specific frequency, and when an external antenna is stacked on (like Antennagate for iPhone 4) frequency is shifted and connection is actually slowed down more. Since Firefly is a broadband and frequency diverse case, those detuning issues apparently aren’t a problem.
Check out the Kickstarter video:
Firefly is available for the iPhone 6/6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, and the iPhone X, with prices starting at just $29.00. Plus, shipping starts in April — just in time for those summer adventures to those no-service destinations. Back the project while there’s still time here.