Incredibly smooth finishes on whisper-thin slabs of slick metal and glass. Gravity. Hard landing surfaces. Does this combination sound familiar? Of course it does – it’s our Gadgeteer shared nightmare of dropping a piece of tech and seeing it shatter to the ground in slow motion as we’re diving to the rescue. We could always ensconce everything in heavily padded and shockproof cases, but then we’d miss out on the joy of the elegant and playful design of the object itself. That’s the problem the folks at Gear Gripz set out to solve with their Kickstarter campaign.
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Their solution is a highly textured rubbery stick-on material cut into various shapes. (Chevrons and hexagons to start, added circles since they exceeded their original funding goal, but you can create your own with the included full sheet of uncut material!) Gear Gripz adhere to your tech items and give you a place to grip, while not totally covering the entire device with a sealed tomb of plastic. The minute I got the sample pack, I stuck a few on the iDea 10+ Android tablet that I’ve been testing because – slick plastic and gravity. I find them barely noticeable, and highly effective. Don’t be surprised to see them on other tech I test in the future. These little guys are gonna save your bacon!
They have a Kickstarter campaign going on now through Halloween, so you can get in on the ground floor for as little as $8 for 3 sheets of pre-cut vinyl and a solid sheet. Their funding goal has only been sextupled currently (6 x $2500!!!), and is growing steadily. There are new collections to get, and a new frosted translucent “Ice” color for higher levels of support. Check them out! What do you have to lose – your grip? (Sorry – couldn’t pass that up!)