Shibaful lush lawn iPhone case puts Yoyogi Park in your pocket
- Ag Ltd.
"Shibaful is the world's first iPhone case modeled after a grassy park. This case is based on Yoyogi Park in Tokyo, and it's the first in our World Parks series. For the next versions, we're considering basing the grass on New York's Central Park and London's Hyde Park."
"Regarding the technology, the case is made using electrostatic flocking. When the five different colored fiber particles are dropped from above, they form this kind of texture. There are all kinds of iPhone cases, but we think this is the first with a grassy texture. Also, it feels different when you stroke it and when you grip it. The green color is really fresh, and easy on the eyes, too. Another part of the concept is that you'll sometimes want to turn your iPhone over, and rest your eyes by looking at the green."
"The studio we work from, called co-lab Shibuya Atelier, is a shared office. We have shared access to 3D printers, laser cutters, and digital machines, so we can turn PC data into tangible objects. Here, we can try all kinds of ideas quickly and cheaply, taking those ideas closer to commercial production. In Japan, there are lots of small businesses with all sorts of technologies. We've produced this iPhone case to express our goal of creating new, exciting things, by combining small businesses' technology with our ideas and prototyping abilities."
"When we market this, we'll initially do a limited run of 100. They'll be available from the end of April, at eight stores throughout Japan. The price will be 3,980 yen. Meanwhile, we're gearing up for mass production to meet future needs."
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