Technology

  • Story Leather's Silly Cell-Phone Drop Stories

    Posted on May 2, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    We recently covered the benefits of covered cases for cell phones, especially when it comes to protection from accidental drops, but sometimes it takes a little reminder to drive home the importance of a point.

     

    According to Tech21.com, who recently took a survey of over 3,000 individuals:

     

    * 18 percent of frequent travelers have paid to fix their tablet screen in the past year

    * Over a third of travelers have spent more than $30 on tablet protection

    * 81 percent of parents report that their child has broken their tablet by throwing it

    * One in four parents had to pay to fix their tablet screen in the past year

    * Nearly half of parents (45 percent) said the most common cause of tablet damage was from getting in and out of a car, or leaving it on top of a car

     

    These statistics were arrived at after the leader in impact protection for smartphones, tablets and laptops, asked frequent travelers and parents about their tablet use.

     

    So now that you have the facts, here are a few fun stories we here at Story Leather gathered for your amusement, and edification.

     

     

    (Photo Courtesy of chazmanrocks.wordpress.com)

     

    I once dropped my phone in the toilet — and flushed it! The phone had been in my back pocket and after tinkling, I stood as I normally do and flushed. Simultaneously, the phone fell from my pocket and was carried away with the current. But it didn't leave the unit completely. I had to call a plumber who dismantled the toilet, turned it upside down in the bathtub and fished the phone out. Oddly enough, after drying out for a few days, the phone still worked (I didn't use it anymore, but was able to get my content). Now, I ALWAYS take my phone out of my pocket before sitting on the toilet!

    Joy Graham

    Houston, TX

     

     

     

    We are a moving company and actually provide company cell phones to our team leaders (the supervisor of each moving team). Therefore, we are literally always dropping our phones (off our trucks while climbing up/down, leaving them on top of a piece of furniture that gets knocked over, and many other situations).

    Jon Katz, CEO

    Katz Moving

     

     

    I drop it all the time. I have gotten quite good at the soccer toe balance... meaning I can catch it in my instep and balance it. (I have a Note 4, so it’s similar in size to a soccer ball!) This isn't an exact science, and the other day I had to use my weaker left foot, mistimed it, and kicked the phone asking the asphalt like a hockey puck about 30 feet away... Glass down. I have a phone case, so no harm done.

    TJ

    Shark Tank Podcast Host

     

    Stay tuned for more in this series of Silly Cellphone Drop Stories – and please share, if you have one.

     

    And… don’t forget: We have lots of great phone cases available for whatever your needs are: Holsters, Wallet Cases, Sleeve, and so much more!

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

    Find Staci Layne Wilson on and on Twitter at @StaciWilson


    This post was posted in Technology, Showcase, Promotion, Doing the Right Thing

  • Story Leather's 5 Whacky Wallet Gadgets You Can’t Be Without

    Posted on April 22, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    Gadgets are great… but useless if they’re not with you. So, here are five handy-dandy little doodads you can keep in your Story Leather wallet and bust out as needed.

     

    1. Tool Logic’s SVC1 Survival Card – This sharp gizmo boasts a 1-inch serrated blade with an ergonomic grip, has a compass with an 8x power lens, emergency signal whistle, tiny tweezers for splinter or small object elimination, a toothpick, and inch/cm rulers – all packed in one itsy-bitsy credit card sized package!

     

     

    (Photo Courtesy of Amazon)

    2. CarZor’s Mini Pocket Razor Shaver – It is a card, a mirror, a razor… and it’s all three at the same time! The blades are stored safely behind the mirror while it’s stashed in your wallet and viola – one quick unfold and it’s ready to whack those whiskers.

     

     

    (Photo Courtesy of Amazon)

    3. Zootility’s Multitool – Phone kickstand, bottle opener, flat screwdriver, micro screwdriver for glasses repairs, a door latch slip, letter opener, hex wrenches, and ruler. Wow.

     

    4. EyeCard Wallet Glasses – Your handiest reading cheaters, no bigger than a credit card and comes in its own scratch-resistant slip case that slips right into your wallet.

     

     

    (Photo Courtesy of eyeCard Readers)

    5. FlatLight – Here’s a super bright LED flashlight with 10+ hours of run time on 2 CR2016 coin replaceable batteries, and it fits fine into any sized wallet.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

    Find Staci Layne Wilson on and on Twitter at @StaciWilson


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  • Story Leather Phone Case Review: UAG Rouge Folio!

    Posted on April 15, 2015 by Jonathan Ly

    As you know there are a plethora of phone cases out there with even more companies that make them. However there are always a few household names when it comes to top notch protective cases: OtterBox, LifeProof, and UAG. UAG stands for Urban Armor Gear, and rightfully so as their protective cases are made to match or exceed military specs, which is pretty neat in my opinion.  So let’s get started with this review of the UAG Rouge Folio!

     

     

    Overall Design

    The design of the Rouge Folio is a dual combination of a wallet and protective case.  At a glance you can see their FrogSkin tech at work. This is a neat piece of tech that allows for a surface grip even if the case is slightly wet. Even if the case isn’t wet, a bit of grip is great for the iPhone 6 because we all know how slippery that phone is. Moving on, we see the classic honeycomb design that’s implemented into all their cases along with the soft gel/rubber padding in case of a sudden drop or spill.

    A new addition to their protective cover is the addition of the cover. This cover has a nice little cutout to allow us to talk without having to fold the cover around. On the other side of the cover we have a convenient insert for up to 3 cards. Unlike other cases, UAG leaves a space so you’re not guessing as to how much it can stretch. I usually guess wrong and bad stuff happens when you overstuff an insert.

     

     

    Pros

    What can I say, it’s a UAG case. They tough as nails and to be honest, I’ve dropped the case a few times on accident while reviewing the case and my phone is fine (at least I think so); although I don’t recommend you going around and tossing the phone.  Another plus for the Folio design is that the screen has a cover. I don’t know how many times I’ve assumed that because I have a protective cover that my phone is protected. As many of you know we may have all the corners and the back covered, but what happens when it drops on accident? You guessed it, it falls flat on the screen, but wait I have a protective lip that extends past the screen, well here’s a rock on the floor that renders that useless.

    With that being said, a cover is not new or innovative, but essential sometimes. In my case, I play sports and sometimes I don’t have pockets, so an all in one case like the Rouge Folio is great.

    *Disclaimer: Another note worth mentioning is that I took it out for a test run as I like to hike and such, sure enough I dropped it and the result is nothing happened.

     

     

    Cons

    Not many cons here, I mean the case is built solidly. The only point I would bring up is the stitching used on the card insert area. It’s a bit thin and although it hasn't happened, I can guess that it might wear away after a while. It’s a good thing that it’s on the inside so it shouldn't happen quickly if at all. So maybe it's not a Con at all.

     

    The Takeaway

    My overall thoughts are that this is a solid case. It offers the 360 protection by adding the front cover so you’re not worried about it falling screen first into a rock, it has the same UAG tech that is offered with all UAG cases, and it’s fairly priced. So I’d say it’s a pretty good buy for those looking for extra protection or for the active lifestyle.

    On a rating of 10 I'd give it a 9/10.

    Price: $39.95

     

     

    If you're interested in other UAG products then visit them at www.urbanarmorgear.com. They also have the new Samsung Galaxy 6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and the HTC One M9 so don't forget to check those out as well.

     

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

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  • Story Leather: Unique Mobile Gadgets

    Posted on March 30, 2015 by Jonathan Ly

    Everyone has a smart phone and almost every smart phone is considered a mobile office, but not every office is conventional and not every job is the same. So here are some mobile gadgets that caught our attention.

     

    First up we have our favorite Typo Keyboard

    We've covered typo in the past and we're always saying great things about it because it's just that awesome. The typo keyboard converts your iPhone into a typing machine and soon your iPad as well. If you haven't seen one yet just check out their website (http://gettypo.com/) and see what the hype is all about.

     

    (Photo is courtesy of Typo)

    Next up is the Beast Grip.

    I tend to cruise through Kickstarter to see if there are any new and exciting ideas that creators come up with and I came across Best Grip, the first universal and modular camera rig for smart phones. Take what you need, leave what you don't, and if forgot you need it then it's easily added on. At a glance it looks like a crazy contraption, but when you really look at it, well it makes sense. They really took every phone into account and allowed their lenses to be used universally. To get more info, visit their Kick Starter Page

     

    (Photo Courtesy of Beastgrip)

    Finally we wanted round it out with Artiphon's INSTRUMENT 1!

    A bit different that practical, but if you're a lover of music then this might be the coolest item on this list, or at least I think so. Picture this: a guitar, piano, violin, ukulele, etc. that's all wrapped up in a single device. Well That what INSTRUMENT 1 is, a unique device that takes these instruments and rolls it up in a nice package. Obviously a wizard was at work here.

     

    (Photo Courtesy of Artiphon)

    We can't possibly know everything, but luckily Their Kick Starter Page has all the info you'll need.

    Innovation is what brings the world together and these gadgets demonstrate ingenuity and creativity at their best!

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

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  • Story Leather: Top Three Wallet-Sized Gadgets for Techies

    Posted on March 25, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    Male or female, rich or poor, license to kill or not, we all want to be like James Bond. Remember all his glorious gadgets? 007 gets his goodies from Q.

    Q, which stands for Quartermaster, is the head of Q Branch, a fictional research and development division of the British Secret Service.

    But you don’t have to be a super-spy to get a hold of all the tricky toys these days.

    Check out these three fun must-haves for your Story Leather Custom Wallet.

    1) Micro-Phone Wallet Cell Phone. It’s a credit card sized mini-phone with Bluetooth, GPS tracker, placing and receiving calls, SMS. How cool is that? It retails for $69 and up.

     

    (Photo courtesy of Gizmag)

    2) Inekehans IHCC-B Credit Card Cutlery. This one is wild. But you don’t have to be uncivilized ever again by eating with your fingers, when you carry your spork and your butter knife in your wallet. Best of all, it’s less than $20.

     

    (Photo courtesy of Inekehans)

    3) Brookestone Wireless Key-Finder. This is a great invention. How many times have you been all ready to go, only to discover your keys are missing. They’re somewhere in your apartment, but where..? The Key-Finder, works at a range of 60 feet and can find those pesky keys through floors, walls, even sofa cushions. It uses two AAA batteries, and sets you back only $15.

     

     

    (Photo courtesy of Brookestone)

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

    Find Staci Layne Wilson on and on Twitter at @StaciWilson


    This post was posted in Technology, Showcase, Personal Style

  • Story Leather: Wallet Gadget and Accesories

    Posted on February 18, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    Your smart phone is great, but it can’t do everything. I know, hard to believe. But it’s true. Granted, the phone apps are getting more amazing by the minute – flashlights, alarms, mirrors. They’re all there. But the wallet still has a few tricks up it sleeves and in its compartments.

     

    Here are three fun gadgets that slip into your wallet:

     

    1. A Bluetooth Mouse. Forgot the mouse for your laptop? No worries. Click and drag away on your handy portable 2-button PC mouse. MoGo makes on that not only fits inside your wallet, but also PC card slot for recharging (30 minute charge; 8-10 hour battery life per charge), a 30-foot wireless range, and a kickstand elevates mouse to a comfortable height.

     

     

    (Photo courtesy of Tiger Direct)

     

    2. Wallet flask. Thirsty? Sorry, your phone doesn’t care. But your wallet is there for you, holding its 2-oz metal container of liquid whenever you need it. Perfect for sports games, really bad movies, or a night out on the town. Readily available, but Brookstone carries a nice one. Just remember, be of age and be safe.

     

    3. Swiss Army Knife. Pretty much any tool you’d need. Just be careful you don’t leave it in your wallet when it’s time to fly or go through any security checkpoints! Wallet Ninja makes a16-in-1 pocket multitool featuring Hex wrenches, can opener, bottle opener, ruler, letter opener, box opener, phone stand, peeler, and screwdrivers (Phillips, flat, and Robertson/square).

     

     

    (Photo Courtesy of Wallet Ninja)

     

    Our zippy Vienna Saffiano Leather long wallet would be the perfect pocket for all your cool gadgets. In addition to its three-compartment accordion pocket for bills and notes, there’s a zipper coin compartment, and four horizontal slots on each side of wallet interior. For item's like the Ninja Wallet tool that can fit into any one of our wallets!

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

    Find Staci Layne Wilson on and on Twitter at @StaciWilson


    This post was posted in Fashion, Technology, Showcase

  • Story Leather Showcase: Minuum Keyboard

    Posted on July 30, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    It's been a while since we really took a look at a new an innovative app or piece of technology. Well with the recent IO 2014 conference we're happy to show off Minuum. I do understand that it's been out for a while, but when I saw a picture of the Moto360 with the minuum keyboard and I couldn't resist talking about it!

     

    A little back story from the Minuum About Us Section,

    Minuum was developed as a University of Toronto research project: Invent a better way of typing on touchscreen mobile phones without looking. This encouraged us to investigate various device tilting techniques relying on user motion—which we understood to be useful in the field of wearable technology. The Minuum virtual keyboard for touchscreens is simply one extension of this approach. Our original research also led to the development of the disambiguation algorithm, a new alphabet layout, and exciting results based on user studies with various device tilting techniques: We found that people could type at tremendous speeds, using carefully designed audio feedback, without any visual feedback or looking at their phones.

    This is just a snippet of what's on their website so for more please visit http://minuum.com/

    After a week of using the keyboard I'd have to say it's functioned a lot better than I would have anticipated. I had my reservations on how the minimal typing space would work, as I do have larger fingers, but I was pleasantly surprised at how responsive and intuitive the auto correct is. Hat's off to the person(s) who programmed Minuum because it managed to get Leather Phone Case from ldzfbsr phkje rqsc. In my mind what I typed and what I wanted to find we not even close, but they did it.

    Another perk is that I really enjoy the ability of also using a full sized keyboard along with the minimized one. There are certainly situations where I would prefer one over another.

    Pros: The design of Minuum is very clever, uses the layout of the the traditional qwerty keyboard and condenses if in a very usable fashion.

    "Auto Correct" function. The whole keyboard itself should pride itself on the correction feature it has. How it can take a jumble of letters and find the right word 99% of the time is nothing short of awesome.

    Let's not forget the screen availability now that the keyboard is almost non existent.

    Cons: Although intuitive for the person who uses a keyboard on a daily basis, for an average user the learning curve might not be as high, but the expandable keyboard was available for a reason.

    My last con, which is a bit trivial, is that that condensed keyboard is a bit too small to where I'm unable to make out the lettering at time. Again trivial problem at best.

    Overall I'd say this is an amazing keyboard that will definitely be very useful for new tech creations down the road. In fact Minuum just released a fun little video on how it works with Google Glass:

     

     

    Minuum is available for Android and iOS right now; you can even try it out free for 30 days.

    For more info on Minuum you can visit their site at http://minuum.com/ or you can check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

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  • Story Leather: iPhone 6 is almost here!

    Posted on July 21, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    With August around the corner we know that iPhone 6 is getting ready for release and we wanted to just let everyone know that we'll be working extra hard to get out the new case designs for the iPhone 6. In addition to getting the iPhone 6 designs out we're hoping to introduce a brand new addition to our website as well.

    Check the following link once the iPhone 6 has released for the new stock items that we will be adding in! http://www.storyleather.com/in-stock-items/apple-iphone-6.html

    As for that surprise, you'll have to wait and see, just follow our facebook and twitter for any new updates in the following weeks and month.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

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  • Story Leather: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Rumors

    Posted on July 12, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    2014 has been a pretty big year for the smart phone; Samsung S5, HTC One M8, Experia Z2, the soon to be released iPhone 6, and even one that was designed by the community called One+. Well it seems that news is buzzing around a September/October  announcement of the Galaxy Note 4 at IFA Berlin. Why does that date sound funny though...well it's the same (speculated)  date that the 5.5 inch iPhone 6 will launch. Aside from the release/announcement date the really fun rumors are in the design of the phone itself.

     

    The first a foremost interesting rumor is the addition of a curved screen. Now my first thought, as most might have, is the curved screen that we saw on the LG G Flex, but this is not the case. Here's a picture from Tech Radar to show what this might look like.

     

    Of course this is a concept photo (again could be real/fake), but the unique part of this is that the screen curves to the edge and it looks like it would be used as a mini display. What's really amazing about this change is that this would allow for a full faced screen for the primary display. Tech Radar also mentioned that the price might come to about $800, which I hope isn't true. There are more rumors, but this one seemed to stand out above the rest. To find out more you can visit Techrader.com.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

    *All information and photos were provided by www.techradar.com 

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  • Story Leather: Custom Medical Device cases/Insulin Pump and Glucose Monitor

    Posted on July 9, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Story Leather, most come to use for Wallets, purses, cellphone cases...but we don't just make cases for these items alone. Lately we've gotten quests to make cases that would accompany a medical device, specifically glucose monitors and insulin pumps. So far we've had the devices that commonly pop up: IBGStar and Dexcom. Each of these devices have a specific function but the common problem is finding something to house the item. So in order I'll give a quick overview of the cases that were built for each one!

    The first device is simple, IBGStar uses the apple Port to add on a very unique devices that works with a test strip to monitor you blood sugar levels. As such its a fairly simple design to incorporate to our own design. The added request from our customer was to have an added zipper pouch to keep some test strips and the pin so they could have everything on hand.

     

    The second device is the Dexcom glucose monitor. It works like the first, but the device has to be near the sensor which is attached to your body. The case that was built here we're actually based one two designs, a Double Decker and a Zaza. The Zaza was built as a stand alone case for the Dexcom G4 and was was built to keep the device right on the belt for ease of access. The Double Decker Design was built because they wanted to have the device near their phone for ease of access.

     

     

    The last device which we didn't mention, but we thought we would be safety would be the Minimed 530G. We did a bit of research on this and the only problem with be the our magnet closure. We read that the device shouldn't be near a magnet as it might disrupt the gear pumps. So if you were looking to have a case built for the Minimed then we would high suggest a non magnetic closure.

    That being said this device was a bit more unique because it's an insulin pump. The challenge would be the wiring and the tubing for the device. Ironically it wasn't bad as our pouch/holster cases have a small space at the top and bottom of the sides, enough to fit the tubing through.

     

    To our knowledge these three are the only devices we've built cases for, but that doesn't mean we haven't built it for any other device. If there is another device that you want to have a case built for just give us a call at 1(800) 539-1688 or send us an email at support@storyleather.com.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

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