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HandL wants to help you get a grip on your all-too-droppable smartphone

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HandL wants to help you get a grip on your all-too-droppable smartphone

It's easy to have an idea for a new product; how many times have you thought, “man, using my smartphone would be so much better if only I had something that did X?” Few of us actually see these ideas through to reality, but artist Allen Hirsch not only had a vision for a way to improve the way we hold our smartphones, but kept playing with that idea, imagining how it might come together, until he actually came up with a finished product. Yesterday at CE Week's ShowStoppers event, we got to check out Hirsch's creation first-hand, as he introduced us to his HandL phone case.

HandL concept art

HandL concept art

Hirsch was looking a way to give smartphone users a secure, comfortable grip on their phone while freeing them to perform other tasks. After several prototypes he came upon his final design: a case that features an elastic strap connected to a stiff bar. Place your fingers between your phone and that bar, and you can hold onto your phone without keeping a death grip on the handset's body.

The design's simple enough, but not without its elegance, and extra features help add to its appeal: for instance, you can place the end of that bar into the slot from which the elastic strap protrudes, becoming a makeshift stand (though for portrait orientation only) in the process.

Hirsch designed the HandL for his Galaxy Note smartphone, and that's reflected in the case's availability: while HandL is going after the big iOS market with models for the iPhone 6, 6s, and their Plus versions, the only Android edition is for the Note 3 and Note 4. Normally HandL cases sell for just about $50, but select models are available through the company's store on sale for just $25.

Going forward, Hirsch is working on a caseless HandL that attaches to the back of your phone through some suspender-like straps, which would both allow you to continue showing off your handset's natural good looks, and also help improve device compatibility.

source: HandL

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posted on 23 Jun 2016, 12:08 2

1. GreenMan (Posts: 1808; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)

Another good reason to avoid those bloody daunting PHABLETS... Epically the glass ones, which slips right under your palms like a fish... And moments later, your oh so beloved 'Flagship' turns into a 'Wrecked Ship'...
Some people even cry at it like a baby! Even though they are well aware that crying over spilt milk and K.I.A (Killed In Action) phone is rather pointless...

Oh well...

Swipe Safe!


posted on 23 Jun 2016, 12:20 1

2. marorun (Posts: 5029; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)

Well you can always put an otterbox defender on it then its wont slip :P

posted on 23 Jun 2016, 12:31 1

3. Landon (Posts: 711; Member since: 07 May 2015)

...or just get an S7 Active. :D

posted on 23 Jun 2016, 18:40 1

6. deviceguy2016 (banned) (Posts: 826; Member since: 16 Jun 2016)

So true my phone is a I guess phablet lol it's a 6 inch screen and if I drop owell no big deal, that's what the insurance is for lol never used a case or clips not even screen protectors lol it's just a phone right? Just put the damn thing in the pocket lol , oh i like your posts, you make me laugh, nice to see some humor here, just stay away from MXY on here, he argues everyone I'm sure you seen him lol +1 greenman me and my wife are going to Australia next month, how's the weather down there? In so California USA it's been 100 plus here

posted on 23 Jun 2016, 23:15 1

9. GreenMan (Posts: 1808; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)

Aussie Land is no place to spend your summer vacations, for the most part...

Around here, temperature is a bloody 42 Degrees... Now that's HOT...

Why not go to Bahamas, Rio or perhaps an Euro Trip?

I'm sure your significant other would appreciate these places more, specially Europe! Unless off course she go all gaga over them bloody kangaroos bouncing around...!

Seriously though, there's nothing much going on around here... It's like Canada with a hot climate!!! Same goes to Aussie's little buddy, New Zeeland...

Oh, and thanks a lot, lad!


posted on 23 Jun 2016, 23:43

10. deviceguy2016 (banned) (Posts: 826; Member since: 16 Jun 2016)

Thanks Australia was a place that interested me for years g'day to you stay cool too only 85 today but humid lol thanks for the beach

posted on 23 Jun 2016, 22:08

8. engineer-1701d (unregistered)

What the hell that shtshtme out years ago, many types of it

posted on 23 Jun 2016, 13:48 3

4. jspsuperman (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Oct 2015)

Phonearena this same thing has been around for atleast a few years. Its called a flygrip. It works the same way but imho it seems to be better than this handl case.

posted on 24 Jun 2016, 01:30 1

11. droidmac (Posts: 14; Member since: 08 Jan 2016)

This is isnt new. And its too ugly. A better and a good looking one has been available here in dubai for quite some time already

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