With smartphone thefts on the rise in cities, it was only a matter of time until someone decided to bring the concept of a car alarm to your iPhone.
Say hello to Halo, a new iPhone 5 security accessory that’s kicking off its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign today. It’s the first iPhone security gadget I’ve seen that implements a loud alarm, which is helpful for preventing both snatch-and-grab theft and those instances where your phone wanders off in the hands of a sly thief. The Halo also packs in a few other helpful features, like extended battery life and a sound boost through its own speakers.
As you can tell from the pictures, you’ll have to sacrifice the iPhone 5′s thin design for security. But for anyone who’s ever had their phone stolen, it could offer priceless peace of mind.
The Halo device clamps onto your iPhone 5 with tiny torque screws (so a thief can’t easily remove it), and it sports a ring which you’re supposed to hold whenever you’re using your phone. If someone tries to snatch your phone, the ring portion of the snaps off, and the alarm (which can reach ear-piercing levels of 130 decibels) goes off.
Halo hopes to raise $70,000 to start manufacturing the gadget. Backers at the $49 level will get one of the Halo iPhone cases, which is a significant discount from the intended $99 retail price. The company’s new Indiegogo campaign follows a prior crowdfunding campaign in April 2013 for the gadget’s concept and design.