I didn’t particularly feel like a beer at 11 a.m., but deadline loomed, and the iPopper needed to be tested.
With countless apps available for smart phones, applying this cell-phone case to your device is undoubtedly the easiest way to get to the suds. It worked seamlessly on a bottle of Newcastle Brown Ale.
Westin Lord — “Like Jesus but no affiliation,” he said — is CEO and founder of the company behind the iPopper.
He said he came up with the idea about two years ago.
“I was opening beers with my cell phone case and kept destroying it,” Lord said. “So I made one that was made for opening beers.”
Lord was drinking at Christmastime at his aunt’s home at the time, he told ideasuploaded.com.
Soon after, he made a prototype “out of the back plate of a Harley Davidson speedometer and a few cell-phone cases and some glue,” he told the website. Lord works in mysterious ways.
The case, available for iPhones 4, 4S, 3GS, and 3G, is definitely heavier than my current case, but that’s to be expected with the metal opener on the back.
He started his company in New York City before moving to South Carolina. Lord has focused on markets in South Carolina, Virginia, Aspen — where his company is now based — along with Denver and Baltimore.
The iPopper would be perfect for a hut scenario if you’re the type to bring your phone on such a trip, and ideal for an Aspen Highlands closing party.
Lord estimated he has sold 10,000 of the openers, with few complaints.
“It’s as strong as an OtterBox [a popular, highly protective case], and it opens beers, so, yeah, everyone seems happy with it,” he said. “I haven’t broken a phone case since.”
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Available at www.theipopper.com;  $19.95, plus $3.95 shipping and handling