Turn Your iPhone into a Self-Defense Weapon

The iPhone/iPod case industry is a multi-billion dollar racket.  There’s no way those little pieces of plastic cost $34.99!  What’s the margin on these things?  Yet people buy them by the millions.

And for what?  Protecting their device against bumps, scraps and the occasional non-lethal drop.  Better grip.  Bridging that fussy annenta in the iPhone 4.  A fashion statement.  And that’s about it, really.

This new case, however, is different.  It’s the best innovation since the extra battery pack.  It turns your iPhone into a self-defense weapon.

They call it the Smarguard iPhone case.  Three-quarters of it looks fairly normal, but attached to one long side is a canister of pepper spray capable of a half-dozen .5 seocnd squirts which can reach a radius of five feet.  And it comes in pink, too, for whatever that’s worth.

And at $50 for the case (refills are $27), it seems like a better deal than just a stupid piece of plastic. Assuming you feel you need one of these things, of course.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Turn Your iPhone into a Self-Defense Weapon

  • February 26, 2012 at 9:31 am

    10% OC? That's police grade, not kid's stuff. Entirely illegal for civilian possession/use in Canada (bear spray exceptions notwithstanding) and definitely not the sort of thing you ever want to use as a plaything.


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